Special Category Visa for Students, Researchers, Professors
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Special Category Visa for Students, Researchers, Professors and Volunteers

A Provisional Special Category Visa can be requested by Canadian citizens or residents (with the exception of nationals from the IV group of the Visas Directive) going to Costa Rica as students, researchers, professors or volunteers. The provisional visa is the authorization to enter the country where the person will continue the procedure to request a residence or permit to stay in Costa Rica, for a period of time.

The procedure to make the visa application is the following:

  1. Once the Consulate has received the letter from the corresponding educative institution, the applicant will request an appointment at the corresponding Consulate.
  2. Once the Consulate has received the letter from the corresponding educative institution, the applicant will request an appointment at the corresponding Consulate.
  3. The day of the appointment, the applicant must present to the consular officer:
    1. Birth Certificate and Criminal Record Check for legalization. Please review section “Legalization of Documents” to have the documents properly signed before coming to the Consulate.
    2. Passport with a minimum validity of six months. Copy of all pages of the passport.
    3. One passport photo.
    4. Proof of income to cover expenses during the stay in the country.
    5. Proof of deposit of corresponding consular fees for a total of US$112.00 (US$40.00 each document; US$30.00 for the Visa consular fee; and US$2.00 for the tax meter machine maintenance consular fee)
      • CONSULATE GENERAL IN OTTAWA AND HONORARY CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER: Bank of Montreal, N°0005-4608-520 “Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services”
      • CONSULATE GENERAL IN TORONTO: Bank of Montreal N° 0389 4785-814. “Consulate General of Costa Rica in Toronto”.
      • If paying by wire transfer an additional amount of $US14,00 must be deposited due to bank charges.
  4. The applicant will complete the Visa Request Form at the Consulate.
  5. The birth certificate and the criminal record check will be legalized and given back to the applicant. The applicant will take both documents to Costa Rica, to finish the procedure to have a permit as student, professor, researcher or volunteer, once in Costa Rica.
  6. All documents legalized by the Consulate must be taken to the Authentication Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica (Avenue 7-9, Streets 11-13, San José, Costa Rica), for authentication of Consul’s signature.  Documents issued in other language than Spanish to be valid in Costa Rica must be translated by an official translator.  The list of official translators is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica.
  7. Provided all requirements are met, a Special Provisional Category Visa and an Administrative Resolution will be issued.
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