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Immigration Requirements

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Discover the essential documents needed for a smooth residency process with our comprehensive list. Whether you are applying for retirement, investment, or through marriage, we’ve got you covered.

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CONFIRMATION DOCUMENTATION

Depending on your chosen category, provide documentation confirming eligibility. For retirees, a Pension letter verifying retirement income is required. Those in the investment category need to submit certifications regardless of the investment type. Marriage-based applicants must furnish a valid Costa Rican marriage certificate. Learn more

BACKGROUND CHECK

Obtain a background check from the relevant national authority. For US nationals, the FBI issues this document; for Canadians, it comes from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP”), and for UK nationals, the Association of Chief Police Officers is the issuing authority.
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BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Include a copy of your birth certificate in your application. Learn more

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE (if applicable):

For spouses applying together, a valid marriage certificate from Costa Rica is necessary.
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CONSULAR REGISTRATION

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PASSPORT-SIZE PHOTOGRAPHS

As part of our Immigration Services we offer documents procurement and authentication (legalization and apostille) from your home country which may be required by immigration and other government agencies. These documents may include birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, background checks, school records, or other documents depending on your case. Learn more

TRANSLATION REQUIREMENT:

All foreign-language documents must be translated into Spanish. Our team will handle this process for our clients, with translation costs varying based on the original language.
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LEGALIZATION

Documents from abroad must be legalized for use in Costa Rica. Certain countries require an apostille, and our team is well-versed in the legalization process. We will be happy to advise.Learn more

TIME SENSITIVITY

Marriage certificates and background checks must be issued within six months before filing the application.Learn more

RESIDENCE HISTORY

Background checks should cover the past three years and pertain only to legal residence. This excludes individuals living as tourists and applies only to those legally residing in a foreign country.
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Temporary Residency for

Retired People (Pensionados)

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Embark on the journey to temporary residency in Costa Rica through the Pensionado Category, designed for individuals or spouses receiving a lifetime monthly pension of at least $1,000 USD. Here’s what you need to know:.

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QUALIFICATION CRITERIA

– If you or your spouse meets the individual $1,000 USD pension threshold, you may qualify for temporary residency as a retired person in Costa Rica.
– Principal applicants can secure residency for their spouse and dependent children, leveraging the $1,000 USD monthly pension to cover the entire family. However, combining multiple pensions to meet the minimum threshold is not allowed.
– Temporary residency under the Pensionado Category is initially granted for two years, with the possibility of renewal for an additional two-year period.
– After three years of holding temporary residency, you become eligible for permanent residency.
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MAIN REQUIREMENTS

– The Pensionado Category is open to foreign nationals with a lifetime pension or retirement income of at least $1,000 USD per month.
– Acceptable income sources include government retirement programs (e.g., US Social Security), independent retirement programs (such as workers’ unions), or pensions from private companies.
– Even if your retirement income is sourced from various channels, as long as it totals at least $1,000 USD monthly, you remain eligible.
– Individuals retired due to disability can qualify if they receive a minimum of $1,000 USD per month.
– Military retirees meeting the income requirement are also eligible.
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APPLICATION PROCESS

– The primary requirement is a letter from the pension provider, confirming the receipt of a lifetime monthly pension equal to or exceeding $1,000 USD.
– The application process for temporary residency typically takes between 12 and 18 months, dependent on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).
– Our dedicated team will seamlessly guide you through the entire process, covering CAJA (Costa Rican Social Security) registration, DIMEX (Costa Rican ID for residents) acquisition, and validation of your driver’s license. Trust us to navigate the complexities, ensuring a smooth and successful application.

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Temporary Residency for People with

Fixed Income (Rentistas)

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Explore the pathway to temporary residency in Costa Rica through the Rentista Category, tailored for individuals or spouses with a consistent monthly income of at least $2,500 USD. Here’s what you need to know

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Qualification Criteria:

Individuals or spouses with a minimum individual income of $2,500 USD per month ($30,000 per year) may qualify for temporary residency as a person with fixed income, or rentista. Learn more

Main Requirement:

The Rentista residency category is designed for individuals with sufficient resources to guarantee a stable income of at least $2,500 per month for the upcoming two years. Learn more

Residency Terms:

Temporary residency under the Rentista Category is initially granted for two years, with the option for renewal for an additional two-year period.Learn more

Application Process:

– The application process for temporary residency as a Rentista typically spans between 12 and 18 months, contingent on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).
– Our dedicated team will expertly guide you through every step of the process, covering CAJA (Costa Rican Social Security) registration, DIMEX (Costa Rican ID for residents) acquisition, and validation of your driver’s license. Trust us to navigate the intricacies, ensuring a seamless and successful application.
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Temporary Residency for

Investors

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Discover the pathway to temporary residency in Costa Rica as an investor by exploring the Investor Category. If you or your spouse has individually invested $150,000 USD in qualifying projects or $100,000 USD in a forestry project, you could be eligible. Here’s what you need to know:We liken the process of creating and building a business to embarking on a journey. The path is winding; having a guide who knows the way is invaluable if you want to reach your desired destination.

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Qualification Criteria:

Individual investments of $150,000 USD in qualifying projects or $100,000 USD in a forestry project may qualify you or your spouse for temporary residency as an investor in Costa Rica.
The principal applicant has the option to extend residency to include a spouse and dependent children.
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Residency Terms

Temporary residency under the Investor Category is initially granted for two years.
Renewal is possible for additional two-year periods, provided you continue to maintain your investment in the designated project (business, home, etc.).
After three years of holding temporary residency, you become eligible to apply for permanent residency.
Explore the benefits of the Investor Category and secure your place in Costa Rica’s vibrant community. Our team is here to guide you through every step, ensuring a seamless application process. Invest in your future and let us assist you in achieving your residency goals.
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Main Requirement for the Investor Category

Costa Rica’s Immigration Act contains four types of investments that qualify an individual or family to apply for Costa Rica temporary residency as an investor:
a) investment in lucrative projects or projects of national interest;
b) investment in real estate and personal property registered in Costa Rica;
c) investment in shares or securities; and
d) investment in reforestation plantations.
Below is a brief explanation on each investment indicated above:
Investment in lucrative projects/projects of national interest. The applicant must submit to the General Directorate of Immigration a description of all investments, lucrative projects or projects of national interest developed or to be developed in Costa Rica, including a certified copy of the project’s feasibility study prepared by a certified public accountant (CPA).
Investment in real estate and personal property registered in Costa Rica. The applicant must submit to the General Directorate of Immigration a description and proof of all investments in real estate and personal property registered in Costa Rica. In the case of real estate, the assets cannot be mortgaged or carry loans of any kind. These will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Investment in shares or securities. The applicant must submit to the General Directorate of Immigration proof of an investment in shares or securities duly certified by a public notary.
Investment in reforestation plantations. The applicant must submit to the General Directorate of Immigration a certification issued by a certified public accountant indicating an initial investment of at least US$100,000.00, legal tender of the United States of America, in reforestation projects and demonstrate the total value of the investment according to the Forest Management Plan (Article 70 of Forest Law No. 7575).
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Investor Category Application Process

The application process for temporary residency as an investor takes between 12 and 18 months, depending on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).
Our dedicated team will expertly guide you through every step of the process, covering CAJA (Costa Rican Social Security) registration, DIMEX (Costa Rican ID for residents) acquisition, and validation of your driver’s license. Trust us to navigate the intricacies, ensuring a seamless and successful application.

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Temporary Residency Through

Marriage

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Unlock the path to temporary residence in Costa Rica through the Marriage Category if you are married to a Costa Rican citizen. Here’s a comprehensive overview:

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Qualification Criteria:

– Individuals married to a Costa Rican citizen are eligible for temporary residency through the Marriage Category.
– Temporary residency under this category is initially valid for one year, with the option for renewal in additional one-year periods.
– After three years of holding temporary residency, applicants become eligible to apply for permanent residency.

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Main Requirement:
According to current immigration regulations, foreign nationals married to a Costa Rican citizen qualify for temporary residence.
The marriage must be officially registered with the Civil Registry (Registro Civil) to be recognized for residency purposes.
An interview with the couple is required at the Immigration Department to verify the legitimacy of the marriage.

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Application Process:
The application process for temporary residency through marriage to a Costa Rican typically takes between 12 and 18 months, contingent on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).
Our dedicated team will guide you through the entire process, covering CAJA (Costa Rican Social Security) registration, DIMEX (Costa Rican ID for residents) acquisition, and validation of your driver’s license. Trust us to navigate the intricacies, ensuring a seamless and successful application. Your journey towards residency in Costa Rica starts here.

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Permanent Residency for

Parents of Costa Ricans

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Embark on the journey to permanent residency in Costa Rica as a parent of a Costa Rican child or children. Here’s everything you need to know:

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Qualification Criteria:
– If you are the parent of a child born in Costa Rica or a Costa Rican citizen, you may qualify for permanent residency.
– Each parent must apply for residency as the principal applicant.
– Dependent minor children who are not Costa Rican citizens can also obtain residency as dependents.
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Main Requirement:
– The primary requirement for this category is being officially listed as a parent on the birth certificate of a Costa Rican-born child, recorded at the Civil Registry.
– If the child was born abroad to one Costa Rican parent, the birth abroad must be recorded with the Civil Registry. We offer assistance with the registration of the birth abroad for an additional fee.
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Application Process:
– The application process for permanent residency as a parent of a Costa Rican child typically spans between 12 and 18 months, contingent on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).
– Our dedicated team will guide you through every step of the process, covering CAJA (Costa Rican Social Security) registration, DIMEX (Costa Rican ID for residents) acquisition, and validation of your driver’s license. Trust us to navigate the intricacies, ensuring a seamless and successful application. Your path to permanent residency in Costa Rica as a parent begins here.
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