Have you been a Temporary Resident of Costa Rica for the past three years? If so, you may qualify for a Permanent Residency in Costa Rica. Permanent residency certainly comes with more benefits than temporary residency. For example, you have the majority of the rights of a citizen (except voting) and can work legally in Costa Rica as well.
It is also possible to get permanent residency without first obtaining temporary status. In this case, you must have a Costa Rican first-degree blood family (parent, child, or sibling) to qualify for “Residencia Permanente Por Vinculo.” And you don’t need to leave the country every 3 months to renew your visa anymore and will be able to work as an employee. By the way, it will also be a lot easier to open a bank account, get a Costa Rican driver’s license, etc.
What do you need to get your Permanent status in Costa Rica?
• May apply after 3 years as a temporary resident;
• Can work as an employee or independent worker;
• Can own a company and receive dividends.
- Police Record if you were outside the CR for 1 year or more.
* – The document should be apostilled in your country of origin (if your home country is not part of the Apostille Convention, the document should be authenticated or legalized in the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin).
- $800 – primary applicant
- $500 – spouse
- $400 – child
1st PAYMENT IS DUE BEFORE THE 1st APPOINTMENT *
2nd payment – To complete the residency case file with Immigration:
- $700 – primary applicant
- $300 – spouse
- $200 – child
2nd PAYMENT IS DUE BEFORE THE 2nd APPOINTMENT *
*– The 2nd payment is due no later than 60 days after the 1st visit with Immigration
Apart from our service fees, please keep in mind that there will be Government Fees and other additional expenses.
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*Taxes are not included in the price
*All prices subject to change without notice
TIME EXTENSION FOR SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS
You have 90 days to submit all required documents to Immigration (DGME) once an application case file is opened. Let’s say a residency applicant has difficulties obtaining documents within the allotted 90-day period, and we can help. In this case, CRIE can request 1 extension of time to submit the documents (at the cost of $100 USD per time extension request).
If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME).