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At CRIE, we offer many additional services to help you make Costa Rica your home. Please contact us now for a consultation and price quote for any of the services below.

US Background Checks and Apostilles

Do you need to obtain your FBI Background Check to apply for Costa Rican residency? We can assist you with fingerprinting, submitting the request and having the results Apostilled while you are in Costa Rica.

Find out more about how to get your documents from the USA the right way.

The cost for a US Background Check and Apostille through CRIE is $500. Note that the translation to Spanish is an additional cost and depends on the length of the content of the background check.

Residency Taking Too Long?

We can perform an investigation on your behalf with the Costa Rica Immigration Department (DGME) and report back to you with the details we find anything that is slowing down your process and give you your options to fix the problem.

The cost to start an investigation for your immigration file is $300.

Additional Residency Services
  • Opening a Residency Case outside San José Central Valley area (GAM): $100
  • Re-scheduling fingerprint or immigration appointment due to no-show: $50
  • Change of Residency Category: $250
  • Dismiss and Restart Immigration File: $500 (plus Government Fees)
  • Start an Appeal: $500
  • Power of Attorney: $180
  • Document Translations: c20,000 (per each page)
Open a Costa Rican Bank Account

  Personal Account: $200.00
Corporate Account: $400.00

Foreigners in the process of getting their residency can use the receipt (certificado trámite migratorio) that they receive from immigration while the application is being processed to open a bank account in Costa Rica.

However, new regulations are making it very difficult for foreigners awaiting their residence card to use banking services. Even though the banks are obligated to provide service, you’ll find them to be generally uncooperative if you go to a branch on your own. At CRIE, we work with banks and agents who can help you navigate the process of opening a bank account while your residency application is being processed.

Vehicle Registration and Transfer

Vehicle ownership must be transferred with the help of a lawyer/notary by law, so If you’re buying or selling a vehicle in Costa Rica, you’ll want our help to complete the paperwork process that is involved in transferring a car’s title.

Find out more about buying and selling a vehicle in Costa Rica.

Insurance (Life, Home Owner, Automotive, Medical)

Do you need assistance getting Insurance in Costa Rica?

We can connect you with qualified insurance brokers that can help you get (life insurance, home owner insurance, automotive insurance and medical insurance).

Bookkeeping Services

Do you need assistance with bookkeeping for your business? We can help you.

We can connect you to a qualified and certified bookkeeper , via our network of accounting professionals, to assist you with getting your business online using QuickBooks.

You will have access to over 25+ years of accounting experience, bookkeepers that have experience working with multiple companies in various industries, including Public Accounting firms locally and outside of Costa Rica.

Our bookkeepers will assist you to use QuickBooks online,  storying your data on  a virtual server in the cloud, allowing you to use a desktop version of QuickBooks from any computer, anywhere, with an Internet connection.

The specific services provided by our bookkeepers are:

  • Issuing monthly invoices
  • Tracking payments
  • Recording all expenses
  • Bank reconciliations
  • Month-end reporting
  • Year-end Preparation for your CPA
Real Estate for Investors

Gap Real Estate was founded on the principle that each client is treated with the utmost integrity and honesty, and is committed to outstanding client representation and detailed market knowledge utilizing hi-tech marketing solutions.

In addition to our impressive track record of real estate sales and services, our Real Estate listings feature a wide variety of residential homes for sale and lease, gated and resort communities, as well as commercial and investment properties targeting the major growth areas of the Central Valley and the Pacific Beach properties in Costa Rica.

Click here for more information.

Investing in Costa Rica

Investors, earn great returns with terms that suit your needs in Costa Rica.

Make safe, consistent returns on your investment each and every month, by lending on home equity in Costa Rica, secured by a mortgage lien on the title.

Legal Services

Our team of independent attorneys and notaries will work for you!  Click here for more information.

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