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Costa Rica is ideal to live abroad in and is also a great place to invest.  Moreover, this country firmly positions itself as one of the most attractive Latin American countries for Foreign Direct Investment. By the way, there are plenty of investment options in Costa Rica – any business, including manufacturing, transportation, hospitality (hotels, B&B, bar, restaurant), tourism, and of course, real estate. There is even a category for qualified reforestation projects, where the required amount of investment is reduced to $100,000 US.

So if you (or your spouse) invest $200,000 US in business or property in Costa Rica, you may apply for the Residency for Investor (Inversionista) category. You will need to show proof to Immigration of Costa Rica that you paid at least $200 000 US for your property ( home, business, vehicle, etc.) in Costa Rica and that it is listed in the Government Registry. Click HERE to check homes for sale that will qualify you for the Investor category.     



• Investment of $200,000 US in a business or property (make sure you choose the right Real Estate Agent, click HERE for details);
• Must be in Costa Rica at least one day per year;
• Cannot work as an employee.



• Temporary Residency – valid for two years, renewable;
• Can apply for permanent residency without conditions after three years;
• Can claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age;
• Can own a company and receive dividends.



  1. Proof of investment according to Immigration’s specifications;
  2. Criminal Background Check;
  3. Birth Certificate;
  4. Marriage Certificate (if applicable);
  5. Application Form and Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you);
  6. Fingerprints (we will assist you with this);
  7. Certified Copy of the passport (we will do this for you);
  8. Consular Registration (CRIE takes care of this);
  9. Eight passport-size photographs.

* – All the documents should be apostilled in your country of origin (if your home country is not part of the Apostille Convention, the documents should be authenticated or legalized in the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin).

$1800 – Primary Applicant (PR)
$ 800 – Spouse (SP)
$ 500 – Per Child (CH)


Payable in 2 installments (pay in full and ask for a discount)


$900(PR), $400(SP), $250(CH)
To complete and submit residency case file to Immigration



Apart from our service fees, please keep in mind that there will be Government Fees and expenses (such as translations into Spanish, Change of Status fee, Application fee, Local Fingerprints Appointment fee, ID card – DIMEX, Guarantee Deposit, Caja Registration).
For the details, click HERE

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


To point out, 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 an extension of time to submit the documents (at the cost of $100.00 US, 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).

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