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Having a baby in Costa Rica

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Costa Rica.
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Re: Having a baby in Costa Rica

Post Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:20 am

Hello! I have a very tricky situation and I hope that any of you could help me and give me your input.
I am a Nicaraguan living in the USA as a resident alien (green card). A couple of years ago I fell in to a long distance relationship with a Costa Rican. Many trips to and for and facetime sessions 24/7, we decided that living in the US is not for him and that I was not totally opposed to moving to CR since I actually have family over there and its closer to my own birth country. But we feel like we are not financially and emotionally ready for marriage. Now, here's the tricky part: I just discovered that I am pregnant (9 weeks along) and I don't know what the best course of action would be for me. If I Leave for CR to have my baby over there, that would grant me inmediate residency, but that means that I would be denying my baby the opportunity of having the American citizenship and I myself would be forfeiting my residency. I thought about applying for American citizenship since I qualify for it but I don't know if that's even legal (becoming a citizen and then leaving for another country??) I wonder if I would still get Costa Rican residency if my baby is born in the US and its father register him/her as a rightful citizen due to having one CR parent. What so you guys think? I would greatly appreciate any suggestions, ideas and opinions. Thank you


Re: Having a baby in Costa Rica

Post Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:56 am

Only you know the exact nature of your circumstances, but with the information available, it would normally be advantageous to give birth in the USA. Mostly, this keeps all of your options open, assuming that the Costa Rican parent doesn't vanish before the child is born. Once the child is born in the USA, and the Costa Rican is willing to claim the child as his own (or you can track him down and prove it's his child), your child is immediately a U.S. citizen, and is eligible for both Nicaraguan and Costa Rican citizenship. That, of course opens the door for you to become a U.S. citizen and/or a Costa Rican citizen or resident. It's very rare, but I have encountered people who were citizens of three or more countries. Practically speaking, all that any country cares about is whether you are a citizen or resident of that country, or a foreigner. The important thing to remember is that, whether child or adult, if you are a citizen of the country that you are in, that's all that matters in that country. In other words, if you are both a U.S. citizen and a Costa Rican citizen, then when you are in the USA you are NOT a Costa Rican citizen, and when you are in Costa Rica you are NOT a U.S. citizen. Important point #2: The USA's extraterritorial laws are oppressive. If you (or your child) become a U.S. citizen, you'll be chained forever to the U.S. tax system and other extraterritorial laws.


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