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August 18th, 2009
Back in July, I blogged about the new cedula renewal process (this also applies to lost cedulas). The days of visiting Immigration (migracion) are over… at least that was what I was told. I have lived far too long here to think that any process here can change literally overnight. Overnight in Costa Rica can mean anything less than two years
Well.. I was wrong. It seems there is a process in Costa Rica that can take less than a decade to change for the better. Today was my appointment for my cedula renewal at at the American International Mall branch of Banco de Costa Rica in Alajuela. It went without a hitch… and if this interests you… read on!
Twenty Three Minutes! OK.. actually it was about 28, but I spent 5 minutes chatting up the young lady at the renewal desk.
And! The new cedula is for TWO years.
Those of you who have had the pleasure of a 5-6 hour wait at immigration whilst being moved from room to room and rows of seats to standing areas in 90 degree heat standing near people who did not bathe that day…. well those people know exactly what I am talking about! And that was for a ONE year renewal.
Today was sweet! Seems immigration has gotten their act together!
The bank security guard took my old cedula, gave it to the woman at the renewal desk (yes, it is a dedicated desk in an air conditioned branch).
She waggled a come here finger to me and it was all over just that quick. I gave her my address, phone number and the closest Post Office branch (Belen) as they deliver the cedula to the closet branch of Correos de Costa Rica (Post Office) and about three weeks. I bet they do too!
The only “issue” was the 329 times I needed to press my index fingers (both) into the little fingerprint reader thingy. Apparently it is not a very good fingerprint reader thingy as she mentioned a lot of folks have finger print issues. Apparently it requires a correct reading 4 time in a row per finger. I’d get 1 then 3 then 1 then none… and eventually 4. The other digit… sigh. No big deal! Probably did not help that my fingers are the size of most Tica’s feet… but I digress!
That’s it… a boring post if ever the was one!Filed under Banking in Costa Rica, Costa Rica, Expatriate Life, Immigration & Residency, Immigration Law, Life in Costa Rica, Living in Costa Rica | Comments (5)