If you, or your spouse, are receiving a lifetime monthly pension of at least $1,000 USD per month (individually) you could qualify for Temporary Residency as a Retired Person, or pensionado, in Costa Rica.
Take advantage of our 18-month Legal Service Plans or pay in full up front for residency, plus one renewal, and save $311!
Our 18-month Legal Service Plans include:
*US document procurement and authentication only. Document procurement and authentication for countries other than the United States can be completed at an additional cost.
The retired person or “pensionado” category is available to foreign nationals who are currently receiving a lifetime pension (or retirement income) for at least $1,000 USD per month. The pension or retirement income can come from a government retirement program such as US Social Security, or from an independent retirement program such as workers’ union, or a pension program from a private company.
If your retirement income comes from various sources, you are still eligible, as long as the income from those sources adds up to at least $1000 USD per month. If you retired because of disability, you can still qualify as long as you receive the $1000 per month. People who retired from the military also qualify for this category as long as they meet the income requirement.
The Temporary Residence under the Pensionado Category is valid for two years. It can be renewed for additional two year periods. After three years, the person is eligible for Permanent Residence.
The main requirement to file under this category is a letter, issued by the applicable pension provider, stating that the applicant receives a lifetime monthly pension of X, where X must be equal to or greater than $1000USD.
Under this category, the principal applicant is allowed to obtain residency for additional family members such as spouse, parents, and children.
This category, as some of you know, is applicable to those foreign nationals who receive a monthly, lifetime pension of at least $1000 USD. It does not matter if you are an 80-year-old retiree or a 30-year-old veteran… 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 following documents are required for filing the application for temporary residence as a retired person:
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 dedicate this period of time to make sure that you get the documents you will need to bring to Costa Rica, as well as preparing the rest of the documents required for the application. Generally, it takes about two months to obtain all of 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 12 months for processing an application.|
|Registration||4 weeks||Once the application has been approved, We will proceed with the your mandatory registration with the CCSS for the Social Security system (also known as CAJA). In addition, we will obtain the ID for foreigners (DIMEX aka cédula). This last step completes the process.|