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Good news for expats who have to prove their income to acquire residency or a mortgage. US expats in Costa Rica can get their benefits letters by email.
The Federal Benefits Unit at the US Embassy has simplified the process for verifying Social Security and other government benefits for Costa Rican immigration purposes. They will accept email requests and make a follow-up telephone call to confirm the requestor’s identity.
The Embassy said that the document commonly is called a proof of income letter, a budget letter, a benefits letter, or a proof of award letter. The letter is an official report on money an expat might be getting from the US Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Office of Personnel Management/Civil Service Retirement. Previously, expats in Costa Rica had to visit the Embassy in person.
Most noteworthy, the email document is being accepted by the Immigration of Costa Rica (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjeria).
The Embassy said that US expats in Costa Rica had to follow these steps:
- Request a benefit verification letter–free of charge–by filling out a form using this link: https://cr.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/social-security/
- Within 5 working days, a representative from the Federal Benefits Unit will contact you to verify your identity and get your permission to email the letter confirming the benefit amount.
- Requestors should print out the letter and provide it to the Costa Rican Immigration office. This letter does not require Apostille or notarization.
Finally, find out more about the Pensionado residency category to move to Costa Rica and get residency as a recipient of Social Security or another lifetime pension!
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