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What are the benefits of getting a residency in Costa Rica?

The legal status provides you with an I.D. number which is recognized throughout Costa Rica and reflects the fact that you have “ties” physical and financial, within the Country. Necessary to obtain, among other things; driver’s licenses, post offices boxes, opening bank accounts and many other typical requirements. With one’s legal status they do not need to leave the County every 180 days as you are no longer considered a tourist

Am I required to leave the country every 180 days to renew my visa while my paperwork is being processed?

No, once your residency application has been applied for and Immigration advises that it is accepted you no longer are considered to be a tourist but rather a person in process.

What documents do I need to apply for residency?

There are slightly differing requirements regarding the financial amounts which differ with regards to the status being applied for. The common requirements include a birth certificate, marriage certificate, if married, proof of good standing from your national police force in your home country.

Can I invest in real estate if I apply for the investment category?

Yes, that is called Resident Investor status and this requires an investment of US$150,000.

What if I married a Costa Rican outside of Costa Rica? What documentation do I need?

Depends on the details but typically required would the following documents. A. valid passport B. birth certificate. C. marriage certificate. D letter of good standing from national police force of your home country. E in some cases proof of financial responsibility.

What is ‘Apoderado’?

An ‘Apoderado’ is a legal representative in Costa Rica who can act on your behalf. Basically, this person is permitted to act on your behalf. Typically, by means of a limited power of attorney. Limited or restricted to the specific acts that you want them to accomplish on your behalf.

Can I have my fingerprints taken in my own country?

Yes. You will have to have your fingerprints taken in your home country to facilitate the requirements of your home country’s police force. As far as Costa Rica is concerned you have to have fingerprints taken here as part of the residency application process.

How long is residency valid for?

Your residency as first provided to you is valid on an on going bases. Renewable after 24 months and typically for another 24 months.

How long can I be out of Costa Rica before I lose my temporary residency?

You are legally required to be in Costa Rica at least for one day every year.

What’s the difference between a ‘Cedula’ and a ‘DIMEX’?

A ‘Cedula’ is a Costa Rican ID card, while ‘DIMEX’ refers to the ID card for residents. For all intents and purposes both names are interchangeable.