How do I obtain residency in Costa Rica?

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Residency as an Investor

The foreigner can apply for this type of residency if he/she has and demonstrate investments in Costa Rica for USD$ 200.000 . The investment should be  in specific areas as tourism, reforestation, shares in a CR corporation, properties and/or any other activity supported by the Costa Rican government.

Residency as a Renter

The foreigner and its family  can apply for this type of residency if he/she receives  US2.500 -minimum amount-  as a monthly rent or has bank investments in CR for $150.000  and will not work while living in Costa Rica. To prove the income, the foreigner must get a letter from a Costa Rican Bank or financial institution , foreign bank, CPA or Law Firm certifying he/she will be receiving a monthly rent of $2.500  for the next 5 years. If letter is issued outside CR must be authenticated by correspondant CR Consulate.

Residency as a Retired Person  

The foreign can only apply for this type of residency if he/she is entitled to a lifetime pension of $1000 per month in their country of origin and will not work while living in Costa Rica. The applicant must obtain  a letter to prove lifetime pension and letter must be authenticated by CR Consulate.

Married to or Relationship to Costa Rican Citizen – “Vínculo” Program 

The non-Costa Rican applicant must prove that he/she is in a relationship in the first degree, either by marriage or by birth, with a Costa Rican citizen, and the Costa Rican citizen must be willing to sponsor the applicant’s residency. The Vínculo Program includes applications for a spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, and unmarried siblings (brothers or sisters), but the program does not include grandparents, uncles or aunts