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Government Fees Per Person (Applicant, Spouse, and Dependent Child):

  • Application Fee: $50
    Payable to Immigration Department (DGME), when application is filed.
  • Change of Status Fee: $200
    Payable to DGME, when application is filed, to change your status from Tourist to Resident.
  • Issuance of Resident ID Card (DIMEX): $98-123
    Payable to DGME once the application is approved.

Guarantee Deposit

The purpose of the Guarantee Deposit is for the Costa Rican Government to have available funds to send you back home should you be deported for any reason. This deposit is refundable and you can apply to have it returned to you should you end your residency in Costa Rica, or if you become a citizen of Costa Rica through naturalization.

The Guarantee Deposit is payable to DGME once your residency application is approved. The amount for the Guarantee Deposit depends on your country of origin (examples: USA $361, Canada $483, Spain $1,061, United Kingdom $1,301)

Additional Expenses

  • Translations: $120
    Approximate, depends on number and size of documents, applicable for documents that are not issued in Spanish.
  • Certified Copy of Passport and Application Documents: $60
  • Passport-sized photos: $4-8
  • 2 Powers of Attorney: $60
  • Certified Public Accountant (if required): $150-500+
    Approximate, depends on income, and is only required for certain application types.

Important Notes

These expenses do not include the expenses related to getting required documents from your home country.

Once you have been approved by Costa Rica immigration, you will be required to sign up for social security (CCSS known as Caja). If you have a passive income you can sign up for Seguro Voluntario, which will cost approximately 9% of your stated monthly income. For example, a pensioner with a $1,000/month income can expect to pay around $90/month once you receive your DIMEX (Resident ID Card/Cédula).

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