Marriages Arranged For Residency Purposes

June 15, 2007

An underground network in Costa Rica apparently has been arranging marriages between single Costa Ricans in need of quick cash and foreigners seeking residency here.

The daily La Nación reported this week that an organization headed by a notary public in Heredia, north of San José, had been targeting women in the impoverished neighborhood of Guararí to sign marriage papers so that the foreigners become eligible for Costa Rican residency status.

La Nación spoke to at least six different women in Guararí who had signed marriage papers and were paid amounts from $40-100 to do so.

In one case, a 41-year-old Italian man living in Papagayo, Guanacaste, paid to marry a 21-year-old woman from Heredia. The two have never met, the woman told La Nación, adding that she is trying to get divorced.

 

You may be interested

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact
Weather
487 views
Weather
487 views

Looking back at Hurricane Maria: the initial impact

John McPhaul - December 12, 2017

As Costa Rica joins many other nations in looking back upon the devastating 2017 hurricane season, longtime Tico Times contributor…

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica
Weather
2506 views
Weather
2506 views

Cold front claims fourth victim in Costa Rica

Katherine Stanley - December 12, 2017

High winds claimed the life of a fourth victim in Costa Rica as the cold front that has been moving…

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie
Keylor Navas
728 views
Keylor Navas
728 views

With Keylor Navas battling injuries, Real Madrid eyes January swoop for Bilbao goalie

AFP - December 11, 2017

Real Madrid's first foray into the January transfer market will be to snap up Athletic Bilbao's promising goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga,…