|Published Monday, June 22, 2020Updated guidelines for U.S. citizens
on procedures before Migration
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The General Directorate of Migration informs that foreigners who come from countries with local and federal criminal jurisdiction must present, for their residency procedures, a criminal record certification, proving that they do not have a criminal record in their country of origin.
According to Migration, in the case of U.S. citizens or legal residents in that country, during the three years before the request they make to the institution, they will require the document known as "NCIC" (National Crime Information Center), and the Interstate Identification Index (Triple III). These documents guarantee comprehensive information on whether the U.S. citizen has been criminally convicted or not.
Additional documents apply to people who have resided in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for more than three consecutive years before presenting a request for residency before Migration.
According to the General Directorate of Migration, the additional documents are:
A) Document issued by the “ U.S Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division.”
B) Document in which the following paragraph must be displayed:
“A search for the fingerprints provided by this individual has revealed no previous arrest data from the FBI. This does not prevent further criminal records at the State or local level. ”
The terms of validity of the criminal record certificates will be extended until September 18, 2020, said Migration.
More information on procedures that are carried out in the General Directorate of Migration, can be reached on their web page.
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