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    television or online tv

    Interesting. I used putlocker.io last night and did not get any kind of virus. Maybe try that one? Sorry you had that problem with putlockers - very annoying.
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    cedula renewal

    James - you contact the SS office in the US Embassy in San Jose and they will send you a "personalized" email letter with your name on it, stating the amount of your pension. It's in Spanish so just print it out and you're good to go. Sorry - don' t know the current cost.
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    It's Different Here

    I have been wondering if those tanks were part of some kind of movement on the part of the Russians to have a military base or at least a military presence in Latin America. But, of course, despots have never shied away from using tanks on their fellow countrymen.
  4. If you get your CR citizenship, then you don't have to mess with residency renewals and paperwork. It's not difficult and it is definitely easier por matrimonio than por residencia.
  5. induna: I would hope that anyone who is smart enough to get to and read the posts in this forum would not try to enter a country without either the proper passport or proper visa. From what I have read and from a friend who recently went through the process, you can go to the Correo or Banco de Costa Rica and easily get your passport. All you have to do is show your cedula and pay. It is mailed to you.
  6. --------- "Just a curiosity question for those of you who have or plan to get a Costa Rican passport: what are your reasons for getting one as opposed to continuing to use your US (or home country) passport? Do you maintain both passports, or do you (would you?) let your US passport expire? " I will keep my US passport and have to renew it next year, in fact. Otherwise, when traveling to the US and using my Costa Rican passport, I would have to go through the process of getting a visa which I would probably not be able to get. For me, it's just easier to keep my US passport and keep it up to date than to let it expire or renounce US citizenship. (That is a tempting thought given the state of things in the US this last year.... I have this fantasy of going to the Embassy and throwing my passport over the fence... lol) I will get a Costa Rican passport so that anytime I travel ANYWHERE ELSE, I can use it. Even if I never travel anywhere else, to me, it's still part of being a citizen. And tibas9: Thanks for that info. Keep in mind that there are far far more Nicaraguan temporary or permanent residents in Costa Rica than North American residents so perhaps Migracion is more familiar by this time with the process.
  7. I did not ask them to put my previous name on the cedula. (I didn't know that was an option and wouldn't have done it anyway.) In looking at my new cedula, there are four lines for name: Nombre, 1st apellido, 2nd apellido and C.C. I have no idea what "C.C." is unless that's the place where you would put the Also Known As name. I have not applied for a Costa Rican passport. I will make an appointment with the Banco de Costa Rica to do that and I'm waiting to see if I can coordinate that with the day my new debit card from the Banco de Costa Rica will be ready. Just to be clear -- I'm getting a new debit card with a chip which will replace the old card and has nothing to do with the cedula change. OK -- I just tried to make an appointment to get my passport and got a message that said basically "Your new cedula number is not in the (our) system yet." Maybe next week..... The BCR website does tell you what is necessary: cedula, $56 plus $7 (for the bank) and 4585 colones for mailing it to you. They say it takes about 10 days through Migracion and you must pay all the fees in colones. You can also acquire a passport through the Correos de Costa Rica. No online appointment service available but make an appointment by phone. Update: Just checked the Registro Publico and my cedula isn't there. So I guess everything will have to wait until it's "in the computer." Will keep checking.
  8. Thanks, rodo, for your felicidades and good information, as always. My residency cedula expires in June so I do have a little time to get things done. Can't wait to use that passport! I'm going to visit family in the US in July and that will be my first chance. My first time traveling with TWO passports!
  9. Thanks, induna. Sounds like you have to physically go to MIgracion in San Jose but I wonder if this could be done at any of the branches. Well, I guess I'll have to take my own advice and go to the branch and ASK! haha Edit: I suppose that as much as I HATE going to San Jose, it's worth it to get $300 (or thereabouts). It's like.... what if someone said "Will you go to San Jose for $300?" I would do it.
  10. Oh, thank you, tibas9! I had completely forgotten about that. Can you tell me a little bit about how to do that? Is there some kind of form or do I just write a letter? What did you do?
  11. I went to the bank and changed my accounts. About an hour later, I tried to use my debit card. "invalid" it said. Maybe not as easy as I thought? Haven't tried it today. According to my friend, to change your driver's license, you need to speak with the manager of the MOPT office that you use. (I use the one in Liberia.) What she learned was: you need to call and verify that the manager is going to be there because she made the trip to Liberia only to discover that he was out for the day. Thanks for the congrats! Yeah... about those sidewalks and stilettos.... I'd have to actually buy a pair of heels so probably will not try. I can, however, make great gallo pinto, good tortillas, push my way onto the bus with the best of them, clip the corner of one of those plastic bags with frozen gelatin and suck it out, get the best seat on the bus and say "tch!" to any dog that threatens me while pointing at it. Maybe I qualify?
  12. Gracias, Paul! Next comes the ongoing task of changing my cedula number at every place I can think of. Bank, ICE, Caja....... que mas, no se. Pero, en tiempo!
  13. Great article today about the people who Carlos Alvarado is going to surround himself with to run the government. It's worth a read and really great news. Very inclusive and pretty much all experienced and intelligent people and not all from one group or one political party or another. http://qcostarica.com/this-is-the-unity-government-offered-by-carlos-alvarado/
  14. Yesterday, I received an email from TSE that basically said "Come and get your cedula." Yippee!! So today, I got myself to the TSE office and OMG it was real! Had to show my current permanent residency cedula and sign a paper and this was in the Manager's office. On his computer, he reviewed all my paperwork (again...) and then sent me to the guy who creates cedulas. After answering a few questions (what State was I born in, mother and father names, phone number, directions to my house, my birthdate) my photo was taken as well as fingerprints and signature. I had thought about my signature and would I change it based on adding my Mom's name. I decided that I would just add the first initial of her name to my signature which would help my poor brain keep things straight. I was so excited! I hovered between tears and jumping up and down! (The manager of that office congratulated me and gave me a little hug.) Next.... the gentleman who does the cedula thing printed out a receipt and handed it to me and said "Viernes." Wait... what? OMG. I have to go back on Friday to pick up my cedula. Hmmm. Do they not make cedulas in that office -- only in San Jose and this is why I have to pick it up on Friday? Well, no matter. I do remember a post by Tibas9 describing submitting an application and having some other entity review each part of it very carefully. My take is that I submitted my application and the first check was to see if the application was complete with all the required items. Then, several people reviewed each item to ensure each item was correct and appropriate. There were a couple of questions about differences in my name -- one person had added an "s" to my last name that shouldn't be there and that got corrected. Then, there was the minor kerfluffle about my income statement and that was then settled and OKd. All in all, it took a year. Longer than I imagined it would take but there was a presidential election, of course. Plus, I have to admit, that I did not jump right on some of the emails I got because of other commitments. It took 6 months from the time i submitted the application to get an email that said "OK. Your application is complete and accurate and we accept it." Update: Picked up my cedula this morning. One year plus 10 days from the date I submitted my application.
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    It's Different Here

    President Solis participated in the "National Parks Day" last year by visiting several of the National Parks. One of them was a Park near where I live. He arrived in a motorcade of three cars with 3 or 4 plainclothes police accompanying him. But once he got to the crowd, the police melted away. He visited all the booths that had been set up for displaying local tourism options and had gobs of photos taken. Again, there was no security, really, and people just wandered in and around. It is a huge difference and I am proud of it. Our President is FOR the people and I think they know and understand that. He doesn't seem to really set himself apart from the people. But I have seen him on a broadcast from the UK that was a major interview and in perfect English, he explained difficult and complicated situations with ease. (Sad to see him go and hope Alvarado will be as good!)
  16. I love your "pedantic pain in the a$$!!!" Sometimes it takes that to get to the bottom of something. Now that I think about it, I didn't follow my own advice and ASK beforehand (lol) but just went ahead and got the birth certificate, based on that item in the checklist and WITHOUT reading the description - as you would have done, induna. So silly me. Even though I have no German heritage, I was trying really hard to just follow along the checklist and do whatever it asked and make everything neat and complete. Well, at least Marsrox has the access to the checklist now and can start working down the list. And thanks again, induna, for being who you are.
  17. http://www.tse.go.cr/pdf/requisitosytramites/Naturalizacion-por-residencia-ley-1155.pdf
  18. TSE and other agencies have their own requirements. One of their requirements is that the police report must be "current." Obviously, birth certificate information doesn't change. But early applicants for residency did not have to have documents apostilled. This could be the way that TSE "gets around" the requirement to accept the birth certificate given to Migracion. We can discuss this until the cows come home, but if TSE wants a birth certificate, just give them one. One must decide whether one is interested in forcing TSE to conform to the new law/regulation or whether one is interested in acquiring citizenship. It's the same for just about anything you need to do: Find out what the requirements are and then just do what you need to do to fill those requirements. It's pretty basic.
  19. Re: Florida police check... My first check was done through the local town where I had lived. (I used to work for the city clerk so she marched into the police department and said "Do this.") But this time, I had to go through FDLE. Of course, if you have to do an FBI report, that's something different altogether. But online! Yay! Luckily, the TSE office I have been going to is very good and up-to-date. But I did learn that they really are only passing stuff along to San Jose and that's where the real stuff happens. For me, that meant 45 minutes to their office rather than 4 hours to San Jose so a huge plus. Maybe you can get started in San Jose and do future business in Puriscal once things are underway. Good luck with your quest! I'll try to answer any questions but I think you can figure it out. Oh, and you have to write a letter requesting citizenship but there are examples available on the internet. If you can't find anything, let me know and I"ll send you mine in a PM.
  20. I would guess that your best bet in this case would be just to go to San Jose. I think you will be forever going back and forth at that Puriscal office, trying to "educate" them and provide relevant law. At any rate, they are not in any position to make the decision since it all comes from San Jose. I think you can find the changes in the law about taking the tests just by googling. I don't remember how I dealt with this -- I think I just told them and they checked with San Jose and San Jose agreed. Police report -- Do you not know anyone in the US that you could use as an address? You can request a police report from wherever you lived before, get it sent to your person, have that person send it to the Secretary of State to get it apostilled and then send it to you via Jetbox. Almost all States have a online option for requesting a police report. What you will need to do is clarify whether that means a State report or an FBI report. I've heard rumblings that an FBI report might be required but not sure about that. For that, you would need to contact the San Jose office. At any rate - in Florida, you don't get a "local" report, you get a report from the FDLE. (I just did this....) I think your financial circumstance would need a letter from an accountant. You will have to show some kind of income. Acquiring residency via rentista doesn't make this easy! But I think a good accountant can fix this for you. Once again, I would try to find out what San Jose TSE would like to see for this. Otherwise, they will just bounce it back to you. Residency is counted as total residency both temporary and permanent. If you look at the TSE website, there is a checklist there that you can use. It is called "Tramites Institucionales" and is for Naturalizacion por Residencia. This is the checklist they used when I submitted my application to make sure everything was there. The birth certificate thing -- you will have to figure out which is easier: to convince TSE that they can use the one from Migracion or just get another one - similar to the police report. You can order it online, have it mailed to someone in the US and then have them mail it to the Secretary of State for the state where you were born to be apostilled and once they have that, they can mail it to you. Be aware that all your documents have to be translated into Spanish by a licensed translator and that you will have to put an ad in La Gaceta. The wording of the ad will be given to you by TSE but at least in my case, I had to go to San Jose to put in the ad since they don't accept ads of that sort online. All the information you are asking for is available online. That's where I found it. I am picking up my new Costa Rican citizen cedula on Friday.
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    household products

    It did seem to soften it up since when I used the razor blade scraper, the result was kind of "gooey gunk." Maybe a stiff brush or even wire brush would work for you? Maybe worth a try in a small area.
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    household products

    Along those lines, David, I ended up having to use toilet bowl cleaner. Pour it on, let it sit for a minute and then use a razor blade scraper. At some point, I was saying to myself... "just let it be..." When my shower starts spewing water in all directions, I take an old toothbrush and brush the little holes. This seems to do the trick for that.
  23. Thanks again, induna, for providing that information. I know there are some people who will read it, perhaps with a dictionary at hand and a notebook and pen. There are others, like me, who would, after a few pages, have to go and lie down in a dark room. For people like me, this is the relevant information: http://www.tse.go.cr/pdf/requisitosytramites/Naturalizacion-por-residencia-ley-1155.pdf This is the checklist to use for naturalization by residency and this is the checklist that TSE uses when going over your application. If you have any questions about any of these, I will try to answer them based on my recent experience. The only thing not covered here is that you will be required to put an ad in La Gaceta - TSE writes this for you - stating that you are applying for citizenship and if anyone knows why you should not be a citizen, they have 10 days to come forward and object.
  24. "It's all fun and games until....." they tell you that they want an "original" of your income letter from the Embassy and it doesn't appear to make a difference that you say "It's email." I don't know that there is anything on their website or in the law that states this. But someone in San Jose is being super careful and making sure everything in your file is just perfect. And it doesn't matter that you have a relationship with the person across the desk from you whose wife you've known since she was in Kinder. He is ruled by the "despots" in San Jose. hahaha I considered myself lucky that another TSE office I went to with accountant's letter and list of bank deposits for a year was understanding and said he would "hand carry" my paperwork to San Jose and present it in the office. Which he did. I guess what I am trying to say is this: As much as we would like it to be, no process is "cut and dried." Establish a relationship, discuss the law or regulation (assuming you have it and your Spanish or hearing is good enough to do this) and that smooths the way. Not always. Some officials want to collaborate and some don't. Mostly the ones who don't are fearful of who is looking over their shoulder. Mostly I just ask: "What do you want?" and then go and get it. The easiest part was getting the police report and birth certificate, both apostilled. My sons in the US did this for me and mailed it to me at the Correo. The three most difficult things were: getting a Spanish translation from a certified translator (luckily, my friend had just used one and referred me). I sent her the documents by email and she produced the translations and I had to drive 3 hours round trip and pay 30,000 colones to pick them up. The other difficulty was arranging my two in-person witnesses to find time in their very busy schedules to accompany me to the TSE office (1 hour away) when I put in my application. The third difficulty was the need to put an ad in La Gaceta which I had to do in person. That meant a 4-hour bus ride, put in the ad (pay around 8,000 colones) and a 4-hour bus ride back home with some taxi rides in between. Edit: Forgot to add.... Thank You induna for all the work you do ferreting out these laws and regulations. We certainly know a lot more about how things work or how they are spozed to work based on your efforts. So .... thanks.
  25. As I gave this issue some thought, I realized that there was a very important word in this discussion: Apostilled. When I applied for residency, there was no requirement for apostilled documents. This could be why an apostilled birth certificate was required from me. Once again... it's in the checklist for TSE. (And the income requirement for pensionado was $600 a month and there was no requirement to join the Caja.) In my application letter, I also enumerated the attachments which included the apostilled birth certificate. I suppose if I had submitted an apostilled birth certificate to Migracion for my residency application, I could have just referred to that. For someone in that situation, I would go to a TSE office ahead of putting in an application and ask them about it. Show them the law and see what the response is. If they say , "Yeah, OK, that will be fine. If you have submitted an apostilled birth certificate to Migracion, no need to submit one to us." If they say "Yeah.... I get it.... but we still need an apostilled birth certificate." then you have a choice of fighting it or just getting the apostilled birth certificate. I do agree with the statement that difficulties in dealing with bureaucrats stems mostly from lack of knowledge. But sometimes, it does seem arbitrary - like when TSE told me I needed an "original" of the letter provided by the Embassy about my pension, even after telling them it was an email. Most likely, this is not covered by any regulation or law and I just had to deal with it in the best way I could. PS: I have to say -- I think the worst way to establish a relationship with any government agency is to go into their office and quote a law to them. One should be very careful when doing this.
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