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Roadie2
6/2/2019 22:43 EST

Sorry if this has been asked before, but when I search for US tourist visa I only get US coming to CR.
I am looking for an agency in San Jose that can help my girlfriend apply for a US tourist visa. She will need help with the DS-160 form. I know it is not to hard to understand, but she could also use advice for the visa interview as well. Also the DS-160 form is in English only. An immigration lawyer might do it, but I haven't found one that specializes in this.
Anyone have a recommendation, it would be appreciated.

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Drneuro100
6/3/2019 11:24 EST

Outlier Legal in San Jose. Check out their website. Rafael the owner got his law degree from SUNY in Buffalo so perfect English but he is Costa Rican from birth so he can work either side no problem.

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beano102
6/3/2019 12:25 EST

Yes. but does he have a Costa Rican law degree? Completely different systems.

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ILuvCR
6/3/2019 13:07 EST

yes, Rafael Valverde is a Tico abogado!

https://outlierlegal.com/

He can help or will know who can,

Pura Vida!

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scalnew
6/3/2019 15:28 EST

Hi, Roadie;

Give your girlfriend this link:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/inmigracion/el-proceso-de-visa-de-inmigrante/entrevista/prepararse-para-la-entrevista/preparcion-para-la-entrevista-documentos-requeridos.html

Do everything yourself. It's easier than it seems. A lawyer will shake you down! Trust me.

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Roadie2
6/3/2019 17:14 EST

Thank you for that information I will give him a call.

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Roadie2
6/3/2019 17:18 EST

Great, thank you

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PombinhaCoco7
6/3/2019 17:30 EST

Can’t you get that information from the American Embassy in San Jose?
When I lived in Canada I went to the Embassy of Brazil in order to get a Visa to spend 2 weeks in their country.
I didn’t go to a lawyer.
I had to go to an interview and tell them where I was going to stay and they wanted to know if I could support myself.
Actually if I had used my Portuguese Passport I wouldn’t have needed a Visa.
Also: people here always mention the same law company like if there aren’t any more good lawyers on Costa Rica.
I used a lawyer for my residency because she is very good and helped write the Immigration laws. However when I bought my condo I used a different lawyer. Then when I bought my studio I used a third lawyer.
If anyone is going to buy real estate use a local lawyer, one where you can walk into his office.
When I came to Costa Rica I contacted their Embassy in Canada to ask if I needed a Visa.
I did the same with Honduras and other countries that I have visited.

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Roadie2
6/3/2019 17:54 EST

Thank you, but the your link is for a DS-260 form, which is for immigration. She will need to complete the DS-160 form, which is non-immigration(tourist visa). Also it is in English, which she only speaks a little. I do appreciate your reply.

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Roadie2
6/3/2019 17:57 EST

The US Embassy in San Jose Costa Rica will not help applicants fill out the form. They state that if the applicant does not understand English, they should contact someone like an immigration lawyer. The DS-160 form she must complete is English only.

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scalnew
6/3/2019 20:48 EST

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/forms/ds-160-online-nonimmigrant-visa-application/ds-160-faqs.html

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scalnew
6/5/2019 04:24 EST

Register your fingerprints with the Ministerio Seguridad Publica (Ministry of Public Security) in San Jose. The Ministry website says that an appointment is required, but we couldn’t get anyone to respond to our emails or pick up the phone. We ended up just showing up the day before submitting our completed application to Migracion, but have heard that other types of residency require that you apply first, get a document number, and then get fingerprinted after. If you have recent experience with this, let us know by commenting below.

The Registro Dactilar building is located on Av. 8 between Calle 31 and 33 (map). When you arrive, they will give you a form to fill out your basic information. It is in Spanish and English, but they will want you to write your responses in Spanish. The questions are fairly easy, but you will need to know your height in centimeters and weight in kilograms. You will also need a couple of passport-sized photos, your passport, and we needed a copy of our son’s birth certificate. After you fill out the form, you will have a short interview with a Ministry official who will put your information into the computer. Then your prints will be taken, and the officer will give you a document that you attach to your residency application.

https://www.expatexchange.com/expat/index.cfm?pr=replymsg&frmid=194&tpcid=3437692&msgid=530640

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