Friday 18 June 2021

Costa Rica’s First Lady Waiting On Results of ‘Nationality’ Exams

Costa Rica’s First Lady, Merecedes Peñas, a Spanish national and her better half, President Luis Guillermo Solis. The couple, who have a daughter together, are not married, requiring the First Lady to take the exams to become a Costa Rican national. Photo Ameliareuda.com

Q COSTA RICA – Living in the country for the past 27 years, Costa Rica’s First Lady, Mercedes Peñas, has finally decided to apply for Costa Rican nationality.

Although she has lived more than half of her life in Costa Rica, she says she has long felt a strong attachment to the country, and now wants to become a citizen.

- Advertisement -

Doña Mercedes on Saturday finished her exams required to acquire nationality.

“The truth is that I have been living in Costa Rica for many years, I am happy here. The country has given me a lot and I have been working for years in the territories, so I sincerely felt that it now was time,” said Doña Mercedes to Ameliareuda.com.

The First Lady taking the nationalization exam. Had she and President Solis been married, she, like any other foreign national married to a Costa Rica, would not have been required to take the exam. Photo Ameliarueda.com

Mercedes was born in Spain.

- Advertisement -

Mercedes and President Luis Guillermo Solis are not married., had they been, she, like all foreigners married to a Costa Rican would not have been required to take the exams.

“I’ve lived here more than I’ve lived in Spain. I came here at 21 and I’ve been here 27 years and the roots and identity that one feels for Costa Rica are very strong, apart from my daughter and Luis being Costa Ricans, but it is true that I have taken root here,” she added.

The First Lady said she made the decision last year. One of the exams was scheduled for November last, however, the events of Hurricane Otto forced her to postpone her plans, to contribute to the work of helping out the affected.

After the national emergency, Doña Mercedes resumed her plans.

Doña Mercedes admitted that some parts (of the study) cost her more than others, luckily, her better half (President Solis) is a historian by profession and lent her a hand from time to time.

“I studied history in Spain and I knew the subject of the conquest and colonization, it is not the same to see it with from a Spanish perspective than to see it from Costa Rica and specifically how it happened in Costa Rica. In any case, it helped me a lot that I accompanied Inés (her daughter) to Social Studies and if I had any doubts, I asked Luis,” said the First Lady, sociologist and political scientist.

- Advertisement -

Doña Mercedes expressed her satisfaction at being able to become a Costa Rican citizen and also maintain her Spanish nationality.

Like every other foreigner aspiring to become a Costa Rican national, the process takes time. Doña Mercedes’ exams results will be available by mid April, in the hope of obtaining positive results. After than, she can continue with her citizenship application.

Source: Ameliarueda.com

- Advertisement -

FACT CHECK:
We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Residency for People with Fixed Income (Rentistas)

QCOSTARICA -  If you, or your spouse, receive an income of...

Foreigner committing murder in Costa Rica cannot be denied citizenship

(QCOSTARICA) It is almost impossible to believe, but it is so....

MOST READ

Europe opens the doors to tourism, these are the requirements

Q TRAVEL - Europe opened the doors to tourism. While worldwide vaccination against covid-19 advances above the levels of each country, the restrictions are...

Apple extended the life of its older iPhones

QTECH - Whether due to the global economic crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic or due to shortages of electronic components, raw materials, factory...

13 Powerful Home Remedies for Acne

Acne is considered to be one of the most common skin ailments on the planet, with a record 60 million people being afflicted by...

Lack of space on Racsa’s hard drive paralyzed immigration consultation at the airport this Monday

RICO's DIGEST - We've all had this happen, your computer's hard drive is full and your computer crashes. But we are not the Radiográfica...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction: June 11, “EVENS”

Today, Friday, June 11, only EVENS can circulate. The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save for those under the...

On Monday the vehicle restriction will change, again

QCOSTARICA - In times of pandemic, things change constantly, especially when it is necessary to tighten the belt to reduce the contagion of covid-19. The...

Rainy afternoons and nights this week in most of the country

QCOSTARICA - Characteristic of the rainy season, we will see rain in the afternoons and nights in the Central Valley, the entire Pacific coast,...

Opinion: Peru’s electoral drama is damaging democracy

Q REPORTS (DW) In Peru, the left-wing village school teacher Pedro Castillo has in all probability been elected the new president. The fact that...

Plate rupture has potential for stronger quakes

QCOSTARICA - The 5.7-magnitude tremor, felt at 5:27 pmon Thursday, occurred in a maritime zone with the potential for stronger earthquakes, explained Ivonne Arroyo,...

WANT TO STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST!

Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.