If you, or your spouse, receive an income of at least $2,500 per month (or $30,000 USD per year), individually, you could qualify for Temporary Residency as a Person with Fixed Income, or Rentista, in Costa Rica.
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Regardless, upon approval of Residency $2,500 must be deposited in a Costa Rican account every month for 24 months.
The Temporary Residence under the Rentista Category is valid for two years and it can be renewed for additional two year periods. After three years, the person is eligible for Permanent Residence.
Of the myriad categories found within Costa Rican Immigration Law, one of the simplest and most flexible is the Rentista or “People with Fixed Income” category as defined in Article 79, Section 9 of… Read More…
One of the most challenging parts of residency is obtaining the required documents. Other documents may be required depending on your category, but for now we are only covering birth and marriage… Read More…
*The language of the letter must be exactly as the Immigration Department demands it.
The application process for the temporary residence has three stages. Namely, document procurement, Government Analysis and Decision, and Registration. Please review below the description of these three stages as well as the corresponding timeline applicable to each stage.
|Document Procurement||8 weeks||We will obtain the required documents during this period of time. Generally, it takes about two months to obtain all the required documents.|
|Analysis and Decision by the DGME||9 months||Once the required documents have been obtained, we will file the application with the Immigration Department (DGME) By law, the DGME should process the application within 90 days. However, based on recent processing times, the DGME is currently taking about nine months for processing an application.|
|Registration||4 weeks||Once the application has been approved, We will proceed with the registration with the CCSS for the Social Security system (aka Caja). In addition, we will obtain the ID for foreigners (DIMEX aka cédula). This last step completes the process.|