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There are some extra expenses that you will face when applying for your residency, such as Government Fees and Additional Fees.

 

Government Fees (per person):

 

APPLICATION FEE: $ 50 US

Payable to Immigration (DGME) by bank deposit in local currency (CR colones). Remember that you must deposit the payment at Banco de Costa Rica (BCR). Your receipt must indicate your full name as on your passport in the part of the receipt named (“Deposito”).

IMPORTANT: You must provide CRIE with this receipt before we can submit your application.

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CHANGE OF STATUS FEE: $ 200 US

Payable to Immigration (DGME) by bank deposit in local currency (CR colones).  You need to pay this fee to change your status from “Tourist” to “Resident.” You must deposit the payment at a local bank branch of Banco de Costa Rica (BCR). Your receipt must indicate your full name as on your passport in the part of the receipt named (“Deposito”).

IMPORTANT: You must provide CRIE with this receipt before we can submit your application.

 

ISSUANCE OF RESIDENT ID CARD (DIMEX): $ 98 US – $ 123 US

Payable to Immigration (DGME) once it approves your residency application. The price depends on the category you choose.

 

GUARANTEE DEPOSIT 

The purpose of this 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 return it if you end your residency in Costa Rica or when you become a citizen of Costa Rica through naturalization. You need to make this deposit to Immigration (DGME) once it approves your residency application. The amount for the Guarantee Deposit depends on your country of origin (examples: USA – $361 US, Canada – $483 US, Spain – $1,061 US, United Kingdom – $1,301US).

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CCSS or CAJA

(Social Security and Health Care Program)

It is mandatory for residency applicants to become members of Caja. With this Care Program, you receive medical treatment (from check-ups and prescription drugs to major surgeries). 

 

Additional Fees:

    • TRANSLATIONS: $ 35 US per page
    • INCOME CERTIFICATE FROM CPA (if required): around $150-500 US
      Approximate depends on income and is only for certain application types
    • SERVICE  “PLAN B”:
       Getting the required documents apostilled or authenticated from your home country at the additional fees
    • DRIVER’S LICENCE:
      $100 US to arrange your appointment in the San Jose area, GAM
    • LOCAL FINGERPRINTS REGISTRATION:
      $50 US to arrange your appointment

*All prices subject to change without notice
*Taxes are not included in the price

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