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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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 18 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 Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

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 ($750 USD)
  • Birth Certificate & Apostille ($600 USD)

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

The cost of our services for the Pensionado category is $1300

 


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $700.00
– 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 the Government Fees.
rentista

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  • Requires proof of deposit of US $60,000 in an approved bank in Costa Rica, with $2,500 USD withdrawn every month.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 passive income (cannot be employment income), verifiable, stable, permanent income, such as bank interest, annuity, 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 18 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 permanent residence as a parent of a Costa Rican citizen:

  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

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 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

The cost of our services for the Rentista category is: $1,500 USD


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $700 USD
– Dependents: $400 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 the Government Fees.
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Temporary Residence – Investor

Instructions:

  • Investment of $200,000 USD in a business or property.
  • Must visit Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
  • Can claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
  • The income allowed from the project.
  • Can own a company and receive dividends.

Click here to see some great homes for sale that meet the requirements for the Investor category.

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 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

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

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


Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $700.00 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 the Government Fees.

Temporary Residence – Spouse of a Costa Rican Citizen

Instructions:

  • Must provide documentary proof of the marriage’s 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 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 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

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: $400 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 the Government Fees.

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 18 years of age.

The cost of our services for the Work Permit category is $1000 USD

Taxes are not included

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

Documents:

The following documents are required for submitting the application for permanent residence as a parent of a Costa Rican citizen:

  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

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

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 18 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 Apostille Convention or not, please click HERE.

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.

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.

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

Permanent Residence and Citizenship

  • May apply after 3 years as a temporary resident.
  • OR first-degree relative status with a Costa Rican Citizen (having a Costa Rican child or Costa Rican parents — although having Costa Rican parents may qualify you to opt for citizenship)
  • Can claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
  • Can work.
  • Can own a company and receive income.

The legal fees for the Permanent Residence category are: $1,000 USD for new applicants, $800 for eligible temporary residents

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: $500 USD
– Dependent’s:  $300 USD (Per Child)
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)

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 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.
  • After you have been living 7 years or more in Costa Rica as a resident with an ID (5 years if you are a citizen of a Central American country, a citizen of certain Latin American countries, or a citizen of Spain 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 witnesses’ declarations
  • Proof of financial means of living such as an income certification from a CPA
  • Completion of citizenship test – Spanish and social studies.

The legal fees for the Citizenship by Residence category are: $1,000 USD ($800 Seniors 65 )

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: N/A
– Children: N/A
– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)

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.
  • 2 years marriage to a Costa Rican citizen
  • Proof of having lived in Costa Rica for the accumulated time through the record of immigration entries and exits.

The legal fees for the Citizenship by Marriage category are: $1000 USD

Additional costs (if applicable):

– Spouse: N/A
– Children N/A

– FBI and Costa Rica Fingerprint Appointment $ 100 USD (per person)
– Appointment and process CCSS Insurance $ 100 USD (per person)

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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