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Do you (or your spouse) have a minimum passive income (not from a salary) of US $2,500? If so, you may qualify for residency in Costa Rica under the residency category, Rentista (Fixed Income).

Residency Specifications

• Requires proof of deposit of US $60,000 in an approved bank, with $2,500 withdrawn every month.  This requirement needs to be met during application AND every subsequent renewal (every 2 years) until you apply for Permanent Residence.
• OR proof of US$2,500 per month passive income (cannot be employment income), verifiable, stable, permanent income such as bank interest, annuity, public company dividends for at least 2 years.
• Temporary Residency – valid for 2 years, renewable.
• Can apply for permanent residency without conditions after 3 years.

• Must be in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
• Can claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
• Cannot work as an employee.
• Can own a company and receive dividends.

Payment Options
One-Time Plan
$2100*
  • *$1600 to prepare and submit your application
  • Includes:
  • Bank Account Setup (if applicable)
  • Submitting the Application
  • Local Fingerprint Registration
  • Government Fees
  • Translations
  • Certified copies
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Passport sized photos
  • *$500 when application is approved
  • Includes:
  • Residency Card (DIMEX)
  • CCSS Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Spouse: $900 to prepare and submit, $300 when approved
  • Per Child: $700 to prepare and submit, $250 when approved
Document Requirements

The following documents are required for submitting the application for temporary residence as a Rentista (fixed income):

  1. Proof of fixed income according to Migración’s specific requirements.
  2. Criminal Background Check.
  3. Birth Certificate.
  4. Application Form (CRIE will complete this for you)
  5. Application Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you)
  6. Fingerprints (Obtained from a Local Police Station in Costa Rica, CRIE will assist you with this)
  7. Certified Copy of the passport (CRIE will complete this for you)
  8. Consular Registration (CRIE will assist you to complete)
  9. Six passport size photographs (Completed when you visit our office)
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