Costa Rica Visa and Residency Information
Residency In Costa Rica
There are four main types of residency that interest the expat in order to settle in Costa Rica. These include: the Retiree or Pensionado program, the or Legal Resident program, and the Investor/Inversionista program.
Pensionado Program in Costa Rica
After working so hard to woo American and European retirees, Costa Rica seemed to change its mind. The Costa Ricans didn’t drop their famous pensionado program. They simply eliminated most of the tax breaks it had promised, as part of a deficit-reduction austerity package. And they didn’t grandfather existing pensionados. Those then who chose Costa Rica for the retiree benefits it offered felt surprised and disappointed to find that those benefits existed no more.
The Rentista Visa Program in Costa Rica
The Inversionista Visa Program in Costa Rica
Acquiring A Visa In Costa Rica: The Process
A valid application form
Two passport photos
Proof of fingerprinting by the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Safety
Proof of monthly payment of $1,000 from Social Security or other government agency pension.
A deposit of $50 for the application while being abroad to the Banco de Costa Rica. If you are applying on Costa Rican soil as a tourist, the amount goes up to $250.