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Costa Rica Immigration

Costa Rica Immigration

Immigration to Costa Rica has increased in the last decades. It is no secret that Costa Rica is one the success stories of Latin America, as the oldest and most stable democracy in the subcontinent you can imagine why. Costa Rica offers the political and economic stability of a developed nation with the opportunities that you can only find in a developing country.

If you are a contemplating immigrating to Costa Rica to work, retire or study, GLC Abogados® will be your “one stop Costa Rica Immigration guide”. Having successfully processed hundreds of applications for residency in Costa Rica for clients from all around the globe our legal team is passionate about actively collaborating with you.

Costa Rica offers several types of residency regimes in Costa Rica which are very straight forward and also some options which can be analyzed by our specialized attorneys.

Please take a look at the main types of residency options available in Costa Rica:

• Rentista (Rentier) Residency:

Main criteria: Demonstrate a minimum stable monthly rent of US $2500.00 for a period of at least 2 years.

• Pensionado (Retiree) Residency:

Main criteria: Receive a minimum lifetime pension of at least US$1000.00.

• Investors Residency:

Main criteria: Invest a minimum amount of US $200,000.00 in a Costa Rican asset.

Retirement in Costa Rica

Common requirements for most of the residencies in Costa Rica:

• Police Record

• Birth Certificate

• Marriage License if applicable

Note: All foreign documents should be properly legalized or have the Apostille.


Estimated Duration for most residencies: 4 to 6 months.

If you don’t believe to be eligible under the aforementioned categories, please contact our immigration Lawyer team to study other options, according to Costa Rican Immigration Law, such as:

• Work Permit

• Self Employed

• Costa Rican Relatives

• Company Executive or Manager

GLC Abogados® understands the importance of residency procedures in people’s lives so we excel in providing periodical updates and will guide our clients all the way until the receive their residency cards.