About CRIE


Helping Prospective Residents Since 2000

About Costa Rica Immigration Experts (CRIE)

Costa Rica Immigration Experts SRL (CRIE), Registration No. 3-102-729481, specializes in preparing and filing Costa Rica residency applications for prospective residents. Since 2000 and even more professionally since 2008, our staff at CRIE has helped thousands of people successfully navigate the residency process and obtain residency. Also, we have assisted many clients with legal services in Costa Rica that we offer through our partner network of independent attorneys and notaries. We match you with a highly qualified Costa Rican attorney for your specific case, thus saving you money on attorney fees. We pride ourselves on being professional, diligent, and dedicated in every aspect of the immigration process. 

Regardless of the reasons you are moving to Costa Rica — be it retirement, business, investment, or family — CRIE is committed to making your transition as easy, worry-free, and efficient as possible. Our goal is to keep the residency application process simple. In most cases, all you need to do is provide us with the authenticated original key documents and be available for fingerprinting in San José, Costa Rica.

 Johanna Alvarez, Immigration Expert

Johanna, a bilingual Costa Rican, began her career as an entrepreneur in several large retail establishments located in Costa Rica. Johanna’s extensive knowledge of Costa Rica and its laws and regulations has been an invaluable tool in providing her clients with exceptional service.

Since 2008, Johanna has brought her professionalism, diligence, and dedication to every aspect of Immigration. She has helped thousands of people over the years to obtain their residency in Costa Rica successfully. She is known for her attention to detail in meeting her clients’ needs — even in challenging cases — which has resulted in a base of satisfied clients.

With her tranquil and accommodating personality, you will find yourself at complete ease regarding your immigration process.

With Johanna’s careful step-by-step guidance, even if you are still in your country of origin, you can begin preparing your Costa Rica residency application. Johanna will have it ready for submission as soon as you arrive for your next stay in Costa Rica!


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Our History

Humble Start

Starting out with translation and essential legal services, we quickly saw the need amongst the expat community to offer immigrations services and much more.

Office Relocated

To properly serve the community we established our presence in a very central location, easily reachable for all our clients, and for us to be able to operate efficiently.


We kept growing our presence and even added more related services to our portfolio, while keeping our pricing accessible and our execution of services streamlined.

Registered Agent Network

Our network has since steadily grown and we can proudly say that we can offer almost any type of service that any expat could need. Be it immigration, relocation, marriage, documents or other legal services.


“Johanna and her team are professional experts in their field. I recommend their full service in immigration” —Kim from the USA



“We would like to thank you for all of the work that you have done for us. We will continue to recommend your services to others. Thank you again.” —Gordon from San Diego USA



“The first immigration company we used was hopeless, and then I found Johanna and she managed to sort out all the mistakes the first company made and also get us our residency. Thanks…” —Daniel and Peggy from the UK

Daniel and Peggy

Daniel and Peggy

CRIE did a great job with my application for permanent residence. Excellent service. When I called them, I felt safe. They were knowledgeable, worked professionally, and were always available to answer my questions. Before moving on, they went over everything. I always felt supported and sure of myself because of the team’s experience. CRIE should be used by anyone who needs help with immigration.



“Johanna, thank you for all your help. You are an amazing woman and such a great example of an honest and professional person you are. You really do work with your heart. I am recommending you to all the foreigners that cross my path.” — Allan from Canada



“First of all, I want to thank you especially Johanna and Glenn for the expert work that you did to complete my residency request. I am going to spread the word to everyone I know! Thank you again for your excellent work on my behalf.” —Paula from the USA



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Escazú, San José, Costa Rica

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CR: +506-8373-2085

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