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In a first, gay Australian woman receives residency for relationship with Costa Rican

June 16th, 2014 ( In the first decision of its kind in Costa Rica, immigration authorities have granted residency to an Australian woman based upon her long-term relationship with a Costa Rican woman.


Chairman of Costa Rica’s Diversity Movement, which celebrated the decision, Marco Castillo said the decision was based on the fact that the Australian woman is ill with an undisclosed medical condition and requires her partner’s care, having no one else to look after her.


“This is an important step in trying to solve several other situations of same-sex couples who were unable to normalize their stay in the country because of the prejudices and misinterpretations of the law;  we believe this may be an important precedent [for change],” Castillo said.


The couple has been living together in the country for ten years, which they were able to demonstrate to immigration authorities.

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  • Mickey Neill

    This is wonderful news! Once again Costa Rica is more progressive than the US.

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