Residency Categories in Costa Rica


There are various residency categories in Costa Rica to choose from if you are thinking of relocating to Costa Rica. The following are some of the most popular categories and their unique criteria; nevertheless, general requirements apply to all of them.

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Message: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI Background Check & Apostille ($550 USD)
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille ($450 USD)

JAROS offers you the local service of processing and bringing the required documentation.

Are you a retiree and thinking of living in Costa Rica?

If you have a monthly pension of at least $1000 US coming from abroad for the rest of your life, you may qualify for the Pensionado Residence Category. Of course, the payment must come from a source, such as a retirement plan company, or social security (government). Retirees do not pay taxes on income from outside Costa Rica.

Instructions:

  • Requires proof of US $1000 per month income from permanent pension source or retirement fund.
  • Must remain in Costa Rica for at least 1 day per year.
  • Can claim spouse and dependents under 25 years of age.
  • Cannot work as an employee.
  • Can own a company and receive dividends.

Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for temporary residency as a retired person:

  1. Proof of pension
  2. Criminal Background Check
  3. Birth Certificate
  4. Application Form
  5. Application Cover Letter (JAROS will complete it for you)
  6. Fingerprints (JAROS will help you with this)
  7. Certified Copy of the passport
  8. Consular Registration
  9. Six passport size photographs

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE RENEWAL

PENSIONADO

 

To renew your pensionado temporary residency status, you must request an appointment.

You can do this by contacting us on WhatsApp: +506 8966 8018

Or you can send us an email to: info@jaroscr.com

 

Renewal Requirements

  • Residency card (DIMEX) in good condition.
  • Proof of affiliation from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund – CCSS.
  • Receipt of the renewal payment, indicating the name of the depositor (must be deposited in colones into a Bank of Costa Rica – BCR). The exact amount of the deposit depends on the renewal case and is indicated at the time of the appointment.
  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Proof of Pension for life

 

Every appointment has a cost of $50 USD per person.

 

Important Notes:

The residency status can be renewed up to 3 months BEFORE its expiration.

For each month of the renewal delay, you must pay additionally $3 USD in colones equivalent.

If your temporary residency has expired for more than 3 months, at the moment of the renewal, you must present, along with the indicated requirements, a letter of justification stating the reason why you have not renewed your DIMEX.  This letter must have the signature authenticated by an attorney.

If your DIMEX card was stolen or lost, you must submit a notarized affidavit made by an attorney.

If you have been out of the country for more than a year, at the moment of the renewal, you must present the Criminal Record document of the country where you were. (Artículo 216, Reglamento de Extranjería).

The cost of our services for the Pensionado category is $1500

 


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $600.00
– Dependents: $500.00 (Per Dependent)

– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 (per person)
** All prices include IVA **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport Certificate, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.
rentista

Note: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you the service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI background check & Apostille $550 USD
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille $450 USD

Do you want to obtain a residency in Costa Rica in the category of Rentista?

How does it work? First, one of the requirements to be able to obtain the category of Rentista is to have an active account in CR with a deposit of $ 60,000 USD (we help you). Then, each month you will have a deposit of $2,500 USD of this $60,000 USD that will be available for you to withdraw. It is your choice: withdraw it and spend it or keep it available for when you renew your DIMEX after 2 years.

But remember: you will need to prove that you have $60,000 USD.  Nueva Mind after 2 years. If you don’t use this $2,500 USD as your main source of income each month, you will have the same $60,000 USD at the end of the 2-year term to use again.

Note: In two years when you have to renew your DIMEX you will need to prove that you have $60,000 US BACK deposited in your bank account.

Instructions:

  • Requires proof of deposit of US $60,000 in an approved bank in Costa Rica, with $2,500 USD withdrawn every month.  This requirement needs to be met during application AND every subsequent renewal (every 2 years) until you apply for Permanent Residence.
  • OR proof of $2,500 USD per month of passive income (cannot be employment income), verifiable, stable, permanent income, such as bank interest, annuity, or public company dividends, for at least 2 years.
  • Temporary Residency – valid for 2 years, renewable.
  • Can apply for permanent residency without conditions after 3 years.
  • Must be in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
  • Can claim spouse and dependents under 25 years of age.
  • Cannot work as an employee.
  • Can own a company and receive dividends.

Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for the Rentista category:

  1. Criminal Background Check
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Application Form
  4. Application Cover Letter
  5. Fingerprints (JAROS helps you with this)
  6. Certified Copy of the passport
  7. Consular Registration
  8. Bank Reference Letter
  9. Bank Statements for the last 12 months

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE RENEWAL

RENTISTA

 

To renew your Rentista temporary residency status, you must request an appointment.

You can do this by contacting us on WhatsApp: +506 8966 8018

Or you can send us an email at: info@jaroscr.com

 

Renewal Requirements

  • Residency card (DIMEX) in good condition.
  • Proof of affiliation from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund – CCSS.
  • Receipt of the renewal payment, indicating the name of the depositor (must be deposited in colones into a Bank of Costa Rica – BCR). The exact amount of the deposit depends on the renewal case and is indicated at the time of the appointment.
  • Valid passport in good condition
  • Proof of having $60,000 USD in a Costa Rican bank

 

Every appointment has a cost of $50 USD per person.

 

Important Notes:

The residency status can be renewed up to 3 months BEFORE its expiration.

For each month of the renewal delay, you must pay additionally $3 USD in colones equivalent.

If your temporary residency has expired for more than 3 months, at the moment of the renewal, you must present, along with the indicated requirements, a letter of justification stating the reason why you have not renewed your DIMEX.  This letter must have the signature authenticated by an attorney.

If your DIMEX card was stolen or lost, you must submit a notarized affidavit made by an attorney.

If you have been out of the country for more than a year, at the moment of the renewal, you must present the Criminal Record document of the country where you were. (Artículo 216, Reglamento de Extranjería).

The cost of our services for the Rentista category is: $1,700 USD


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $600 USD
– Dependents: $500 USD (Per Dependent)
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)
** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport Certificate, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.

Note: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI background check & Apostille $550 USD
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille $450 USD

JAROS offers you the local service of processing and bringing the required documentation.

Are you thinking about moving to Costa Rica and buying a property?

Costa Rica is an ideal country to live in and is also a great place to invest.  In addition, this country is firmly positioned as one of the most attractive Latin American countries for Foreign Direct Investment.  Therefore, if you (or your spouse) invest $200,000 USD in a business or property in Costa Rica, you can apply to the state for residency as an investor.

You will need to prove to Costa Rican Immigration that you paid at least $200,000 USD for your property (home, business, any type of vehicle, etc.) in Costa Rica and that it is listed in the Government Registry.

What do you need to get your Residency in Costa Rica as an Investor?
Requirements:
  •  Investment of $200,000 USD in a business or a property
  •  Must be in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year;
    Cannot work as an employee.
  • Can claim spouse and dependents under 24
  • Can own a company and receive dividends

Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for temporary residence as an investor:

  1. Proof of investment according to Immigration specifications;
  2. Criminal Background Check;
  3. Birth Certificate;
  4. Application Form (JAROS will help you complete it);
  5. Application Cover Letter;
  6. Fingerprints (JAROS will help you with this);
  7. Certified Copy of the passport;
  8. Consular Registration;
  9. Six passport-size photographs.

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE RENEWAL

INVESTOR

 

To renew your Investor temporary residency status, you must request an appointment.

You can do this by contacting us on WhatsApp: +506 8966 8018

Or you can send us an email at: info@jaroscr.com

 

Renewal Requirements

  • Residency card (DIMEX) in good condition.
  • Proof of affiliation from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund – CCSS.
  • Receipt of the renewal payment, indicating the name of the depositor (must be deposited in colones into a Bank of Costa Rica – BCR). The exact amount of the deposit depends on the renewal case and is indicated at the time of the appointment.
  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Proof of investment in Costa Rica (minimum value of $200,000 USD)

 

Every appointment has a cost of $50 USD per person.

 

Important Notes:

The residency status can be renewed up to 3 months BEFORE its expiration.

For each month of the renewal delay, you must pay additionally $3 USD in colones equivalent.

If your temporary residency has expired for more than 3 months, at the moment of the renewal, you must present, along with the indicated requirements, a letter of justification stating the reason why you have not renewed your DIMEX.  This letter must have the signature authenticated by an attorney.

If your DIMEX card was stolen or lost, you must submit a notarized affidavit made by an attorney.

If you have been out of the country for more than a year, at the moment of the renewal, you must present the Criminal Record document of the country where you were. (Artículo 216, Reglamento de Extranjería).

The cost of our services for the Investor category is: $1,700 USD


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $600.00 USD
– Dependents: $500.00 USD  (Per Dependent)
FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)
** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport Certificate, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.
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Temporary Residence – Spouse of a Costa Rican Citizen

Note: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you the service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI background check & Apostille $550 USD
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille $450 USD

Are you married to a Costa Rican citizen?   If so, you may qualify for the Spouse Residency category. Foreigners who marry a Costa Rican resident in accordance with current immigration laws may apply for residency as a Spouse of a Costa Rican. Your marriage must be registered in the Civil Registry.

Haven’t you married yet? Don’t worry, we (JAROS) can help you with the ceremony. The process is quick and all you need is the presence of 2 witnesses and a lawyer from our office registers the marriage in the National Registry of Costa Rica, which issues an official marriage certificate after the ceremony. Civil marriages legally performed in Costa Rica are valid worldwide.

NOTE: Civil marriages legally performed in Costa Rica are valid worldwide.

Instructions:

  • Must provide documentary proof of the marriage validity, such as photos (of the wedding and other events), proof of cohabitation, and communication between spouses (phone records, e-mails, etc.)
  • Can work.
  • Can own a company and receive income.
  • Can claim dependent.

Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for the  temporary residence as a spouse of a Costa Rican:

  1. Criminal Background Check;
  2. Birth Certificate;
  3. Application Form;
  4. Application Cover Letter;
  5. Fingerprints (JAROS helps you with this);
  6. Certified Copy of the passport;
  7. Consular Registration;
  8. Six passport-size photographs.

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

 

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE RENEWAL

FOR SPOUSES

 

To renew your Spouse temporary residency status, you must request an appointment.

You can do this by contacting us on WhatsApp: +506 8966 8018

Or you can send us an email to: info@jaroscr.com

 

Renewal Requirements

  • Residency card (DIMEX) in good condition.
  • Proof of affiliation from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund – CCSS.
  • Receipt of the renewal payment, indicating the name of the depositor (must be deposited in colones into a Bank of Costa Rica – BCR). The exact amount of the deposit depends on the renewal case and is indicated at the time of the appointment.
  • Valid passport in good condition.
  • Proof of conjugal coexistence.
  • Marriage certificate issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica, with an issue date not exceeding 2 months at the time of submission of the renewal application.

 

Every appointment has a cost of $50 USD per person.

 

Important Notes:

The residency status can be renewed up to 3 months BEFORE its expiration.

For each month of the renewal delay, you must pay additionally $3 USD in colones equivalent.

If your temporary residency has expired for more than 3 months, at the moment of the renewal, you must present, along with the indicated requirements, a letter of justification stating the reason why you have not renewed your DIMEX. This letter must have the signature authenticated by an attorney.

If your DIMEX card was stolen or lost, you must submit a notarized affidavit made by an attorney.

If you have been out of the country for more than a year, at the moment of the renewal, you must present the Criminal Record document of the country where you were. (Artículo 216, Reglamento de Extranjería).

The cost of our services for the Spouse of a Costa Rican Citizen category is: $1,500 USD.


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: N/A
– Dependents: $500 USD (Per Dependent)
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)
** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport Certificate, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.

Note: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI background check & Apostille $550 USD
  • Birth Certificate and Apostille $470 USD

Obtaining a work permit in Costa Rica is not that simple. However. Obtaining a work permit in Costa Rica is almost impossible. The reason is the high level of restrictions the government has put in place to ensure that foreigners do not take the jobs that Costa Rican citizens may have. In addition, while Costa Rica provides temporary residence permits to foreigners who wish to stay more than three months, this does not allow you to work automatically.  In addition, only Costa Rican citizens or permanent residents can work in the country without prior authorization.

Costa Rican Work Permits include:

  • Artists, Athletes, and Entertainers;
  • Domestic Worker;
  • Specific Unique Occupation;
  • Preventive Maintenance Services and Corrective Post Sales Management;
  • Specific Occupation with a Company (legal entity);
  • Temporary workers;
  • Professional and Technical Guests;
  • Transferee Staff;
  • Tran frontier workers;
  • Self-employed individuals in the agriculture, construction, and services sectors; well-established company self-employed individuals.

Instructions:

***This category is only available to domestic and agricultural workers***

  • Signed letter from intended employer, acting as guarantor.
  • Authenticated job offer indicating functions, hours, and salary, signed by the employer.
  • Proof of employer’s economic solvency (such as income certification by Certified Public Accountant).
  • Must remain in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
  • Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 25 years of age.

The cost of our services for the Work Permit category is $1100 USD.

 

Taxes are not included

Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport Certificate, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance 

 

Documents:

  1. Criminal Background Check.
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Application Form
  4. Application Cover
  5. Fingerprints (JAROS helps you with this)
  6. Certified Copy of the passport
  7. Consular Registration
  8. Six passport size photographs

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

Requirements for Employer:

  • Company documents;
  • Business license from the corresponding municipality;
  • Business sanitation permit from Ministry of Health;
  • Income certification by Certified Public Accountant;
  • Proof of payment/registration of company income taxes;
  • Social Security of CR (CCSS) registration of the company;
  • Must remain in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year;
  • Can not claim spouse and dependents under 25 years of age.

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

Note: if you live in Costa Rica and need the following documents, JAROS offers you service of processing and obtaining them at the additional cost:

  • FBI background check & Apostille $750 USD
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille $600 USD

Company Representative

Instructions:

  • Company incorporation documents
  • Business license from the corresponding municipality
  • Business sanitation permit from Ministry of Health
  • Income certification by Certified Public Accountant
  • Proof of payment/registration of company income taxes
  • Proof of CCSS registration of the company
  • Must remain in Costa Rica for at least 1 day per year.
  • Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
  • Can own a company

The cost of our services for the Company Representative category is: $1,800 USD

Taxes are not included
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport certificates, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.

 Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for a work permit:

  1. Criminal Background Check.
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Application Form
  4. Application Cover Letter
  5. Fingerprints (JAROS helps you with this)
  6. Certified Copy of the passport
  7. Consular Registration
  8. Six passport size photographs

For the requirements please check HERE.

EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENT (PRORROGA)

You have 90 days to be able to submit all required documents if your file was not completed in full at Immigration (DGME). Let’s say a residency applicant did not present their birth certificate. In this case, 90 days are granted to be able to present and complete your File. We (JAROS) can request 1 extension to submit the missing document (with a cost of $100 USD per extension request).

IMPORTANT:

If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME)

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

Permanent Residence and Citizenship

If you are a temporary resident in Costa Rica for 2 years and have already renewed your temporary status, in your 3rd year you can apply for a permanent residence.

It is also possible to obtain permanent residency without first obtaining temporary status. In this case, you must have a first-degree Costa Rican blood family (parent, son, or sibling) to qualify for “Permanent Residence by Bond.”

 


Foreigners who meet the following requirements may opt for a permanent residence:

Specifications:

• May apply after 3 years as a temporary resident;
• Can work as an employee or independent worker;
• Can own a company and receive dividends.

Document

  • Police Record if you were outside the CR for 1 year or more.

The legal fees for the Permanent Residence category: $1,200 USD.

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $600 USD
– Dependent’s:  $500 USD (per child)
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance

For the requirements please check HERE.

TIME EXTENSION FOR SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS

You have 90 days to submit all required documents to Immigration once a File is opened that is incomplete. Let’s say a residency applicant has difficulty obtaining documents within the allotted 90-day period, and we can help. In this case, JAROS can request 1 extension of time to submit the documents (at the cost of $100 USD per time extension request).

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport certificates, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.

 

PERMANENT RESIDENCE RENEWAL

 

To renew your permanent residency status, you must request an appointment.

You can do this by contacting us on WhatsApp: +506 8966 8018

Or you can send us an email to: info@jaroscr.com

 

Renewal Requirements:

– Residency card (DIMEX) in good condition.

–  Proof of affiliation from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund – CCSS (for example, voluntary insurance, orden patronal).

– Receipt of the renewal payment, indicating the name of the depositor (must be deposited in colones into a Bank of Costa Rica – BCR). The exact amount of the deposit depends on the renewal case and is indicated at the time of the appointment.

– Valid passport in good condition.

 

Every appointment has a cost of $50 USD per person.

 

Important Notes:

The residency status can be renewed up to 3 months BEFORE its expiration.

For each month of the renewal delay, you must pay additionally $3 USD in colones equivalent.

If your permanent residency has expired for more than 3 months, at the moment of the renewal, you must present, along with the indicated requirements, a letter of justification stating the reason why you have not renewed your DIMEX.  This letter must have the signature authenticated by an attorney.

If your DIMEX card was stolen or lost, you must submit a notarized affidavit made by an attorney.

If you have been out of the country for more than a year, at the moment of the renewal, you must present the Criminal Record document of the country where you were (Artículo 216, Reglamento de Extranjería).

Many immigrants ultimately take the final step of immigration to Costa Rican and become naturalized citizens. First, you need to pass through Temporary for 3 years and then Permanent Residencies before applying.

A good thing about getting Citizenship — is you don’t need to renew it, like Temporary or Permanent Residency status. Moreover, you get your Costa Rican passport, have your Guarantee Deposit back, can come and leave the country without any restrictions, etc

 

Citizenship by Residence

  • 7 years living in Costa Rica as a legal resident (5 years if you are a citizen of a Central American country, a citizen of certain Latin American countries, or a Spain citizen by birth);
  •  You must prove you have lived in Costa Rica for the accumulated time through the record of immigration entries and exits;
  •  2 character witness declarations;
  •  Financial means of living proof, such as an income certification from a CPA;
  •  Birth certificate from home country, Apostilled or Legalized (in most cases, you can omit this requirement if it is in your immigration file);
  •  A Criminal Record Check from home country, Apostilled or Legalized, issued within the last 3 months.
  •  Completion of citizenship test – Spanish and social studies (applicants aged 65 and over are exempt from this test).

 

Citizenship by Marriage

  • 2 years living in Costa Rica married to a Costa Rican citizen;
  • Proof that you have lived in Costa Rica for the accumulated time through the record of immigration entries and exits.
  •  Birth certificate from home country, Apostilled or Legalized;
  •  A Criminal Record Check from home country, Apostilled or Legalized, issued within the last 3 months.

The legal fees for the Citizenship by Residence category: $1,500 USD.

 

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: N/A
– Children: N/A
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport certificates, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.

Are you married to a Costa Rican for more than 2 years? If so, you may qualify for the Spouse Residency category. Foreigners who marry a Costa Rican resident qualify for temporary residency, according to Costa Rican immigration laws. Your marriage must be registered in the Civil Registry where a lawyer issues an official marriage certificate from the ceremony.

Note: Civil marriages legally performed in Costa Rica are valid anywhere in the world.

 

 

What do you need to obtain your residency as a spouse of a Costa Rican un?

Requirements:

  • Must provide photos of the wedding and other events, proof of cohabitation, and communication between spouses.
  • Present the marriage certificate duly registered in the civil registry of C.R.
  • A criminal record check from your home country, Apostilled or legalized, issued with the last 2 months.
  • Birth Certificate + Apostilled
  • Application Form and Cover Letter.
  • Consular Registration.
  • Fingerprints (M.S.P of Costa Rica).
  • Eight passport size photographs;
  • Three copies of the Costa Rican spouse’s national ID (cédula de identidad) front and back.

IMPORTANT:

All naturalization applications are processed by the Options and Naturalizations Department at the TSE, not by Immigration.


The legal fees for the Citizenship by Marriage category: $1500 USD.

 

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: N/A
–  Children N/A

– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance

For the requirements please check HERE.

Note:

All foreign documents must be translated into Spanish by an official translator in Costa Rica and must be apostilled or legalized before being presented to the Immigration Department.

If you need to check, if your home country is a part of the Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

** Taxes are not included **
Note: The prices do not include Passport Copies, Passport Photos, Passport certificates, Necessary translations, and Government Fees.
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