Immigrant Visa Required Documents

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Description of Required Documents

Please note that you need original civil documents. If you want to keep the original, take the original and a copy, and the original will be returned during the interview.

    • Passport. Be sure that there are no errors in your passport, for instance name, date of birth, etc. Passports must be valid for at least one year at the time of the interview.
    • Photograph. One 5cm x 5xm (2" x 2") color photograph on a white background.
    • Birth, unmarried, Death and/or Marriage Certificate(s). All birth certificates, single status (for applicants over 14 years), death and marriage must be original, issued by the Civil Registry. Birth certificates are required for all applicants. If the petition is based on family children / parents or vice versa, and brothers, must present a birth certificate digitized, which is a photocopy of the registration of volume and includes date the birth was registered, and any other changes in recognition of a parent, change in name etc. The digitized birth certificate can be requested in the Registry in San José.
    • Divorce Decree(s). If you, your petitioner, or your biological parent were divorced:
      • Bring an original, certified copy of the divorce decree from the Civil Registry. If the divorce occurred in the US, bring an original or certified copy of the divorce decree of the court of the US.
    • Certificate of Police. Original police certificates from all countries where it has resided for 6 months or more. In the case of police certificates of Costa Rica, you should apply to the criminal record for INTERNATIONAL PROCEDURES and should go to get it to the offices of the Court Register. Address: Edificio Anexo A, Poder Judicial, primer piso, avenida 6, calle 19, costado norte del OIJ. Favor llevar su cedula de identidad, pasaporte o cédula de residencia. Hours: 7:30a.m. a 12:00p.m. y de 1:00p.m. a 4:30p.m.  The police certificate is only available to adults over 18 years old and the application of this document should be made directly by the interested.  The validity of the Costa Rican police certificate is 3 months. 
    • If any of the civil certificates you will present: birth, marriage, divorce, death, unmarried or police are from another country, not of Costa Rica, the documents should come with apostille or the certificate must be authenticated by the Consulate of the United States located at the country where the documents were obtained.
    • Form DS-260. Answer all the questions. Each applicant must complete a separate form. You can complete the form DS-260 in the website.
    • Sustaining Affidavit, I-864. The Affidavit of financial support given to your petitioner or additional guarantor (if applicable) reports to a member of his family dependent, the I-864A form must also be included. Find out if income is sufficient guarantor please see the I-864P. All forms are available here. You should also include:
      • A copy of the tax return (Form 1040) for the last year of the petitioner and the form W2.
      • If applicable, a copy of the Form 1040 and W2 additional guarantor,
      • A letter of employment verification
      • Salary vouchers
      • Bank Accounts
      • If applicable, a copy of the US passport or a copy of the permanent resident card for the additional guarantor.
    • Evidence of your relationship with the petitioner and between family members. You must be prepared to provide evidence of your relationship with the petitioner, in addition to your birth certificate or marriage. Such evidence includes:
      • Pictures of the applicant and petitioner together long time ago
      • The case of family by marriage, include photographs from long time ago
        • In the case of family by marriage, include photographs of long time ago with the applicant and his / biological mother together
        • The parent / biological mother and petitioner together.
      • If the applicant's children are also requesting the visa, include photographs of the applicant while back with their sons / daughters at different ages.

More information about Evidence of Relationship

For the interview it is important to present evidence of your relationship with the person who filed the petition for you. If your petition is based on MARRIAGE or you are applying for a fiancé(e) visa, some examples of evidence of relationship are detailed, including the originals of the following documents:

      • Birth certificates of the children they have in common
      • Pictures of you and your spouse / boyfriend at different stages of your relationship
      • Photographs of the marriage ceremony
      • Receipts of money your spouse / boyfriend has sent
      • Letters that you have exchanged with your spouse / boyfriend

If your petition is based on a relationship of FATHER / SON or BROTHER (with the applicant or the parent / biological in the case of a marriage relationship), some examples of evidence of the relationship are detailed, include originals of the following documents:

      • Family photograph of the applicant and the petitioner at different ages, especially before the petitioner went out of Costa Rica.
      • Letters that have been exchanged between the applicant and the petitioner
        • Any other document that you think might be useful to demonstrate the relationship. Remember that all original evidence of the relationship, such as photographs, will be returned after the interview or when a decision has been made about your visa.
      • Fees. Generally, the fee of the immigrant visa is cancelled at the National Visa Center. However, if the petitioner had not paid the fee for an immigrant visa to the National Visa Center, the applicant must pay with cash or credit card or debit card: $ 325 for family based immigrant visas, $ 345 for immigrant visas based employment, $ 205 for other categories of immigrant visa and $ 330 for immigrant visas for Diversity Lottery. This payment must be made at the consulate on the day of the appointment. The visa application fee is not refundable.
      • K visa applicants should cancel a fee of $ 265 to get the appointment. For more information about payment, please visit:
      • Medical Exam. Please see the Instructions at the bottom of this page.

Instructions for Medical Examination

In order to complete the final processing of the visa, the following steps must be taken:


  1. URINE TEST (NG): Each applicant 15 years and older will require a urine test Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG). The result of the urine test will be sent directly to the physician that you select for the physical exam (see N.4) It is necessary that the physician have received the result of this test in order to schedule an appointment for the physical examination. Please indicate to the lab which doctor will perform the physical exam. In rare cases, the physician could request a urine test to applicants under the age of 15.
  1. BLOOD TEST (VDRL): Each applicant 14 years and older will require a blood test (VDRL) The result of this test will be sent directly to the physician that you select for the physical exam (see N.4). Please indicate to the lab which doctor will perform the physical exam.

The authorized labs are the following:

Dr. Enrique De La Cruz:  LABORATORIO LABIN

Clinica Burstin

In front of Clinica Biblica.  Telephone:  2222-1987

Working hours:  7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Dr. Carlos Roberto Paez Sotela:  Clinica Orlich

In front of Hospital San Juan de Dios.  Telephone:  2222-5585.

Working hours:  7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Cost of the urine test (NG): $60

Cost of the blood test (VDRL): $11


  1. LUNG X RAY: Each applicant older than 14 years will require a lung X-Ray. The authorized radiologists are the following:

 Dr. Marco Vinicio Aragón Barquero

Dr. Reynaldo Alberto Duran Campos

Dr. Willy Sancho

Clinica Biblica Telephone:  2522-1000

Working hours:  8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 IMPORTANT:  In rare cases, IGRA testing could be required for applicants under the age of 15. The doctor that does the physical examination will determine if this testing is necessary. The cost of IGRA testing is $280. If this testing is requested, the doctor will provide the information on the lab facilities where the test can be done. Note that the waiting time to get the results for IGRA testing is 10 days.

 Cost of the lung X-Ray: $20


  1. PHYSICAL EXAM: Each applicant for a visa, including children and infants need a medical exam performed by one of the doctors listed below. You will need to bring a photo (2x2 inches), your ID (cedula or passport), vaccination record (see attached information) and for the applicants who have more than 14 years old, the result of the lung X-Ray.

- Dr. Julián Arias Ortiz: Clínica Americana Calle 1 Ave. 14, 4to piso San José.

Telephone: 2258-6868.

Office hours: From 9:00a.m.- 12:00p.m. and from 2:00p.m.- 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday.

 - Dr. Franz Chaves Sell: Clínica Americana, Calle 1 Ave. 14, 2do piso. Next to Clinica Biblica.

Telephone: 2258-6868.

Office hours: From 9:00a.m.- 12:00p.m. and from 2:00p.m.- 5:00p.m. Monday through Friday.


Cost of the physical exam: $100


The applicant must not pay more than the following fees for the exam:

 X-Ray                      $20.00 or equivalent in colones

 Blood test                 $11.00 or equivalent in colones

 Urine Test               $60 or the equivalent in colones

 Physical exam         $100.00 or equivalent in colones


The result of the medical exams in some cases will not be given immediately.  The validity of the exams is six months.

Register for Passport delivery

If you already have an appointment scheduled for the immigrant visa application, please follow the instructions on the following link on how to register for passport delivery with Correos de Costa Rica. On your appointment day, please bring the confirmation sheet of the register with Correos de Costa Rica. The confirmation sheet must include the barcode (UID). Instructions.