Costa Rica Permanent Residence

Have you been a Temporary Resident of Costa Rica for the past three years?

In case this is your situation, you may be a candidate to obtain a Permanent Residency in Costa Rica. Permanent residency is an immigration status granted to foreigners who wish to settle permanently in Costa Rica. It allows temporary residents who have had their temporary residency for 3 years to enjoy a permanent residency and thus enjoy the rights and benefits as a Costa Rican citizen such as working, studying and receiving medical attention. The process to obtain permanent residency is to meet certain immigration requirements and go through an application process. Once obtained, permanent residency provides stability and security to foreigners in their new home and to be able to apply for a Costa Rican passport.

What do you need to get your Permanent status in Costa Rica?

Documents :

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


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


  • All the documents should be apostilled in your country of origin (if your home country is not part of the Apostille Convention, the documents should be authenticated or legalized in the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin).

Cost of the Process:

$1200(Primary applicant) | $800 (Spouse) | $500 (Dependent)

The Government and other expenses associated with your residency are not included.

In addition to our service fees, it is essential to take into consideration that there will be governmental charges and some extra costs. These include costs for Spanish translations of documents in another language, obtaining an appointment for immigration procedures, local appointments for fingerprinting and appointments for Casa Amarilla.

JAROS Costa Rica Immigation Experts: offers you the local service of processing and bringing the required documentation.

So now you have your Residency in Costa Rica! Remember, that after a certain period of time you will need to proceed with your Residency Renewal.

Click here for more information about the Apostille Convention and check if your home country is a party to it — notable exceptions include Canada and China.