About CRIE


Helping Prospective Residents Since 2000

About Costa Rica Immigration Experts (CRIE)

Costa Rica Immigration Experts SRL (CRIE), Registration No. 3-102-729481, specializes in preparing and filing Costa Rica residency applications for prospective residents. Since 2000 and even more professionally since 2008, our staff at CRIE has helped thousands of people successfully navigate the residency process and obtain residency. Also, we have assisted many clients with legal services in Costa Rica that we offer through our partner network of independent attorneys and notaries. We match you with a highly qualified Costa Rican attorney for your specific case, thus saving you money on attorney fees. We pride ourselves on being professional, diligent, and dedicated in every aspect of the immigration process. 

Regardless of the reasons you are moving to Costa Rica — be it retirement, business, investment, or family — CRIE is committed to making your transition as easy, worry-free, and efficient as possible. Our goal is to keep the residency application process simple. In most cases, all you need to do is provide us with the authenticated original key documents and be available for fingerprinting in San José, Costa Rica.


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Our History

Humble Start

Starting out with translation and essential legal services, we quickly saw the need amongst the expat community to offer immigrations services and much more.

Office Relocated

To properly serve the community we established our presence in a very central location, easily reachable for all our clients, and for us to be able to operate efficiently.


We kept growing our presence and even added more related services to our portfolio, while keeping our pricing accessible and our execution of services streamlined.

Registered Agent Network

Our network has since steadily grown and we can proudly say that we can offer almost any type of service that any expat could need. Be it immigration, relocation, marriage, documents or other legal services.


“Hello Johanna, I wanted to thank you for your incredible service in obtaining my cedula approval in such a timely matter! Compared to my first experience of paying $30,000.00 for my wife and I and our 2 children in 1994, and it took a year and a half. You made this a painless and wonderful experience. Thank you for everything! So very much appreciated.” — Steven (Ontario Canada)



“We would like to thank you for all of the work that you have done for us. We will continue to recommend your services to others. Thank you again.” —Gordon from San Diego USA



“Thank you so much. You and your staff have been truly outstanding to work with. I cannot imagine anyone trying to do this on their own without the help of a professional to guide them through the bureaucratic maze of the process. Please pass along my sincere thanks to your entire staff.” —Charles from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada



CRIE helped me apply for residence. The crew was great throughout. They offered step-by-step directions and answered all my inquiries. Their grasp of Costa Rican immigration rules and processes amazed me. Anyone seeking Costa Rican residency should use this business.

John and Linda

John and Linda

“Johanna and her team are professional experts in their field. I recommend their full service in immigration” —Kim from the USA



“This was my first experience using an immigration service and I was extremely satisfied with how things turned out. If I had questions, answers from CRIE were only an email away, and with very quick responses. Everything went smoothly.” —Julie from the USA



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Escazú, San José, Costa Rica

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CR: +506-8373-2085

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USA: +1-305-906-6784

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CRIE is a reputable private company that has been providing immigration services in Costa Rica for over 15 years. Our expertise spans various immigration procedures, including those for Investors, Rentistas, and Pensionados. We have dedicated ourselves to assisting thousands globally in achieving their residency in Costa Rica.

It’s essential to understand that CRIE is not the official migration authority. We strictly adhere to the regulations and timelines set by the Costa Rican government for immigration and foreign affairs. As such, CRIE cannot expedite, demand, or request specific outcomes for any application. Every application undergoes a thorough review process, where designated officials assess its merits and determine the applicant’s eligibility for residency.

Our primary role at CRIE, beyond the services we offer, is to guide our clients through the immigration process. Many individuals are unfamiliar with the intricacies of Costa Rican documentation requirements. While we provide guidance, the onus is on the client to furnish CRIE with all the necessary documents to proceed with their immigration application.

Once we receive the required documentation from a client, we meticulously compile the application. We then submit the complete set of documents to the relevant government agency, specifically the Department of Migration and Foreign Affairs. Our team remains proactive, regularly checking the status of applications to ensure timely updates.

A successful residency application largely hinges on the comprehensive and accurate submission of all required documents.

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