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Are you considering retiring to Costa Rica – the best trendy getaway?

Do you (or your spouse) have a monthly pension of at least $1,000 US coming from abroad for the rest of your life? 

If this is the case, you may qualify for the Residency for Retirees (Pensionado) category. Furthermore, out of all the other categories, you will find that the Pensionado is your best choice. Of course, the payment must originate from an eligible source, such as a retirement plan company, social security, or the government. Retirees, by the way, do not pay taxes on income coming from outside Costa Rica.

If you’re married and want to bring your spouse or children down, then they’ll be counted as dependents. Since new residents renew their status every two years, they demonstrate that they have spent the appropriate number of days in CR. A temporary resident can apply for permanent residency after three years. As a matter of fact, with permanent residence, one can enjoy all of the rights of a Costa Rican citizen except that they cannot vote.

Click HERE for the benefits of retiring in CR and HERE for the best hospital care in CR.


• Proof of $1000 US per month income from permanent pension source or retirement fund;
• 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;
• Able to claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age;
• You can own a company and receive dividends.


1. Proof of Pension;
2. Criminal Background Check;
3. Birth Certificate;
4. Marriage Certificate (if applicable);
5. Application Form and Cover Letter (we will complete this for you);
6. Fingerprints (we can assist you with this);
7. Certified Copy of the passport (we will do it for you);
8. Consular Registration (we will do it for you );
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).

$1500 – Primary Applicant (PR)
$800 – Spouse (SP)
$500 – Per Child (CH)


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



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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