Embajada de Costa Rica


Who can apply?

Families or persons that receive a fixed income of US$ 2,500 per month, guaranteed for at least 2 years.

Requirements for the application process for residency in Costa Rica:

  1. Application form. 
  2. Application letter that indicates the following information:
    1. reason for the application
    2. full name
    3. nationality
    4. marital status
    5. age
    6. occupation
    7. current residence address
    8. contact information for notifications
    9. the letter will be signed in front of the consul on the day of the appointment
  3. Original and copy of a document that demonstrates that the person will receive a permanent and stable monthly income of at least US$ 2,500, guaranteed for 2 years and generated from abroad or from the banks of the national banking system of Costa Rica.
  4. 3 recent passport-size photos.
  5. Original and copy of the following documents with less than 6 months of issuance and duly apostilled:
    1. International birth certificate.
    2. Criminal record from the place where the applicant has lived during the last 3 years.
  6. Copies of all the pages of the passport. The passport must have a minimum validity of 6 months.
  7. Payment receipt of US$ 50.00, indicating the name of the foreign person. This money must be transferred in Colones to the account 242480-0 of the Bank of Costa Rica (Banco de Costa Rica).
  8. Payment receipt for stamps, indicating the name of the foreign person, of the amount of ¢ 125 and ¢ 2.50; for each sheet submitted with the application, to the account 242480-0 of the Bank of Costa Rica (Banco de Costa Rica).
  9. Report of finger prints taken by the Ministry of Public Security (Archivo Policial del Ministerio de Seguridad Pública).
  10. Proof of registration at the Embassy of the applicant's home country in Costa Rica.

Legal Basis:

  • - Ley 8764 General de Migración y Extranjería, Title VI, Chapter II. (Ley 8764 General de Migración y Extranjería).

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