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Do you (or your spouse) have a life-long pension of a minimum of US $1,000 per month? If so, you may qualify for residency in Costa Rica under the residency category, Pensionado.

Residency Specifications

• Proof of US $1000 per month income from permanent pension source or retirement fund.
• 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.

Document Requirements

The following documents are required for submitting the application for temporary residence as a retired person:

  1. Proof of pension
  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)
Payment Options
  • *$1300 to prepare and submit your application
  • Includes:
  • 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
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