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Residency in Costa Rica _ Temporary and Permanent Residency

by Ivo Henfling for the Easy Times

Residency in Costa Rica _ Temporary and Permanent Residency

When you plan to move to Costa Rica, no matter if you are going to retire in Costa Rica, plan to invest in a business or work as a manager of an international company, you will need to apply for residency.

There are lots of people who stay here as a perpetual tourist and leave the country every 90 days, but in the long term there are better solutions than that.

To make it all easier to understand, we have decided to put it all together for you in a series of blogs.

Note that those who purchase Costa Rica real estate can apply for Costa Rica residency as an investor now. Ask your American European real estate group’s affiliate about it.

In Costa Rica, there are only two types of residency:

  • Permanent residency
  • Temporary residency

You can only apply for a permanent residency if you have direct family that is a Costa Rican citizen. For any other residency, you need to apply first for Temporary residency and after three years, depending on your status.

Permanent Residency

The permanent residency is a migratory condition that allows the person who obtains it, to stay in Costa Rica indefinitely and with full freedom to work.

The persons who can request this type of residency need to have family ties with a Costarican citizen: those who have a father, a mother, a daughter or a son that are Costarican, as well as those who have had a temporary residency for three consecutive years.

Temporary Residency

There are several possibilities to apply for a temporary residency. When you move to Costa Rica, depending on your future plans you need to apply for different residency possibilities as shown below.

In the past, the law specifically excluded personal investments such as the purchase of a home in Costa Rica, lots or buildings to qualify for this category, which was modified on August 28, 2009.

To be able to apply for residency in Costa Rica as a “Rentista”, the applicant must demonstrate a permanent fixed income of at least US$2,500 per month.

To be able to apply for residency in Costa Rica as a “Pensionado”, the applicant must demonstrate a permanent fixed income from a pension or similar retirement income of at least US$1,000 per month.

  • Temporary residency as a spouse – check immigration website
  • Temporary residency as a religious person or missionary (and dependents) – check immigration websiteRetire in Costa Rica
  • Temporary residency as a manager, executive (and dependents) – check immigration website
  • Temporary residency as a scientific, specialized professional (and dependents) – check immigration website
  • Temporary residency as a sportsman/woman – check immigration website
  • Temporary residency as a journalist or news reporter or collaborator – check immigration website

This information was taken from the website of “La Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería de Costa Rica”. 

This blog article was written with the purpose of making our website a One Stop Costa Rica for our clients who buy a home or rent a Condo in Costa Rica. 

Check our other articles about obtaining Costa Rica residency:

Information of Permanent residency as family related to a Costarican

Information of Temporary Residency for Pensionado

Information of Temporary Residency for Rentista

Information of Temporary Residency for Investor

Information of Residency through Costa Rica real estate

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Ivo Henfling

Ivo Henfling started the American European Real Estate Network Costa Rica in 1996 and has grown it into the largest Costa Rica MLS with thousands of up to date property listings for sale and for rent. Ivo has written hundreds of articles about real estate and living in Costa Rica for The Tico Times and other online informational sites.

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