Citizens with criminal pasts from different countries such as the United States, can evade the filters of the Directorate of Immigration and obtain a residence permit in Costa Rica.
The “blind spot” in the immigration legislation is the possibility for citizens with criminal records (from countries with federal systems) to get a clean crime leaf, just move from one state to another.
Thus, an ex-con or a person with a criminal record in the state of Florida, can get a record without such a history in the state of Washington, and with this document, request residency in Costa Rica.
The existence of this blind spot in the national immigration legislation confirmed the Deputy Minister of Interior, Marcela Chacon Castro, and deputy director of Migration, Freddy Montero Mora.
“That small gate is still open. It happens with federal countries. I’m honest: it is very hard to close because we can not ask immigrants bring us good conduct certificates from the 52 states, “Marcela Chacon Castro admitted.
In turn, Freddy Montero said the General Migration Law provides for the existence of a criminal record as a ground to cancel the residence permit of a foreigner in Costa Rica.
“The law clearly stipulates that may cancel the residence of those who have been convicted in a criminal court judgment in Costa Rica or abroad, when the fact is recognized by the Costa Rican criminal law for intentional crimes against life, drug trafficking or psychotropic substances, trafficking or trafficking, fraud or conspiracy, among other crimes, “Mora Montero specified.
Freddy Montero Mora said that the Immigration Department is making arrangements with Interpol to improve access to criminal records in the countries of the international police network.
To close the possibilities for people with criminal records to obtain the residence, the Security Ministry manages a way of access to information held by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States (FBI, for its acronym in English).
According to the deputy minister said Chacon, the efforts are part of an aid that the United States could give within the Regional Security Initiative for Central (CARSI, for its acronym in English).
“We are managing a donation of equipment that would allow the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) to access information from the State Department and the FBI,” the deputy minister ahead Marcela Chacon.