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Green card requirements

octubre 31, 2022

What is a green card

Not everyone who wishes to travel to Costa Rica needs a tourist visa. This will depend on your nationality, purpose of visit, country of residence and length of stay. Visa requirements or exceptions are based on international agreements or treaties. In addition, the visa does not guarantee entry to Costa Rica and as in the United States of America, it depends on the immigration officer upon arrival. Obtain information about visa requirements and application form here.

1. U.S. citizens do not require a Costa Rican entry visa, however, they must have a current valid passport and a ticket to leave Costa Rica within 90 days of entry (either to return to their home country or to go to another country). As a tourist, U.S. citizens cannot stay longer than 90 days. For a stay of more than 90 days a residency permit must be established.

If you will be traveling to Costa Rica from South America and/or Sub-Saharan Africa, you will need the YELLOW FEVER VACCINE. Check the affected countries in the following links: African Continent, South America and Caribbean. You will be able to travel to Costa Rica ten days after the vaccine is given.  Exceptions

How much does the 2022 green card cost?

The cost of filing the form is US$1140 and for children under 14 years of age it is US$750.

What does a US resident need to cross into Canada?

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals traveling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to the traveler’s passport.

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Employment-based green card

In December 2020, a federal court ordered the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to begin accepting advance parole applications again. You can read the full order here.

What is advance parole? Advance Parole is a procedure by which certain non-citizens receive permission to re-enter the United States after temporarily traveling abroad. This is a process that is part of the government’s broader authority to grant re-entry (or allow someone to enter the U.S.) based on its discretion.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issues an advance parole document to travelers before they leave the U.S. Although these travelers may use this document to travel back to the U.S., entry into the U.S. is at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at a port of entry.

Who grants advance parole? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is an office of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), adjudicates applications for advance parole.

Green card eligibility

The application fee per family member is $.760 USD for an applicant residing in the United States. Likewise, for an applicant residing abroad, it costs about $.200 USD. It should be noted that these fees do not include the typical cost of the required medical examination.

If the card will expire within six months or has already expired, it will cost about $540 USD to process, including forms and biometric services. In case of loss, theft or destruction, the value is the same.

Requirements to enter Canada by land

With a valid eTA you can travel to Canada as often as you wish for short stays (usually for periods of up to six months at a time). You do not need an eTA to travel within Canada.

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An eTA does not guarantee entry into Canada. When you arrive in Canada, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents. You must convince the officer that you are admissible to enter Canada.

Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes only a few minutes. Most applicants get their eTA approval (via email) within minutes. However, some applications may take several days to process if you are asked to send supporting documents. It is best to obtain an eTA before booking your flight to Canada.

When we approve your eTA, the authorization will be linked to the passport you used to make the application. You are required to present that passport when you check in at the airline counter for your flight to Canada.

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