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Shaly
7/11/2019 12:51 EST

Hi!

I am just wondering once you give birth in Costa Rica (American citizen - not Costa Rican Mom), how much time (weeks?) do you have to declare the baby? Is it true that Costa Rica takes the baby if he is not declared before a deadline?

Thanks,
Shaly

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Kohl
7/11/2019 14:46 EST

You seem to have some erroneous info, regarding giving birth here, in regards to your statement where you say 'Costa Rica takes the baby if he is not declared before a deadline' as I highly doubt this is true. A 'child born in CR or born elsewhere to a Costa Rica parent, but not registered here, can do so up until they are 25 years of age.

The birth is usually registered automatically by the hospital with the Civil Registry Office, where a temporary birth certificate (Certificado de Declaracion de Nacimiento del Registro Civil) is issued. It will be of great benefit to you, if you decide you want to obtain Permanent Residency in CR,if you do so, if not now but in the future.

Your baby would be a dual citizen of Costa Rica and the USA and could/should be registered in both countries.

Suggest you consult with a lawyer if concerned.

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Shaly
7/12/2019 10:11 EST

That is what my colleague told me. Her child was born at home in Costa Rica and told me that if the baby isnt registered in 2 weeks, the baby would not belong to her anymore. Also, the dad was abroad and couldnt make it in the 2 weeks. The baby has the mothers name only on his birth certificate. The dad is not legally married to the mum. I am starting to doubt her words now.
Thanks for your reply.

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