Understanding Costa Rica Residency Requirements is the first step towards starting your new life in this tropical paradise. With its rich culture, stunning landscapes, and relaxed lifestyle, Costa Rica is a dream destination for many. However, the process of becoming a resident can be complex. This guide, brought to you by CRIE, aims to simplify these requirements and provide you with the necessary information to navigate the residency process with confidence and ease.

Why Choose Costa Rica?

Costa Rica offers numerous benefits that make it an attractive destination for expats. The country is known for its stable democracy, high standard of living, and stunning natural beauty. From its pristine beaches to its lush rainforests, Costa Rica offers a lifestyle that is both relaxed and invigorating.

Residency Categories in Costa Rica

There are several residency categories in Costa Rica, each with its own set of requirements. These include:

  • Investor: This category is for individuals who invest a significant amount in Costa Rica.
  • Pensionado: This category is for retirees who receive a pension from their home country.
  • Rentista: This category is for individuals who have a guaranteed income.

For more detailed information on these categories and their specific requirements, visit Costa Rica’s official immigration website.

The Role of CRIE in Your Residency Journey

CRIE plays a crucial role in your residency journey. Our team of experts specializes in preparing and filing applications for prospective Costa Rican residents. We provide personalized assistance tailored to your unique needs and circumstances. Don’t navigate this complex process alone. Contact CRIE for personalized assistance.

Step-by-Step Guide to the Residency Process

Obtaining residency in Costa Rica involves several steps:

  1. Determine the appropriate residency category.
  2. Gather the necessary documents for the application.
  3. Submit your documents to CRIE.
  4. Wait for the application to be processed and approved.

For a more detailed guide to the residency process, visit CRIE’s guide to the residency process.

Additional Services Offered by CRIE

In addition to assisting with the residency process, CRIE offers a range of other services to help you settle into your new life in Costa Rica. These include:

  • Relocation services: We can help you find a new home and more.
  • Document translation: We can translate your documents into Spanish to meet application requirements.

Testimonials from Satisfied CRIE Clients

Don’t just take our word for it – hear from our satisfied clients! We’ve helped countless individuals and families successfully navigate the residency process. Visit CRIE’s testimonials page to read about their positive experiences.


CRIE is your trusted partner in navigating the residency process in Costa Rica. From understanding the requirements to submitting your application, we’re with you every step of the way. Ready to start your residency journey? Reach out to CRIE today.

-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).

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Frequently Asked Questions


How do you become a resident of Costa Rica?

You become a resident of Costa Rica by applying through the appropriate residency category and meeting its specific requirements. CRIE can guide you through this process.

How much money do you need to get residency in Costa Rica?

The financial requirements for residency in Costa Rica vary by category. For detailed information, visit CRIE’s guide to the residency process.

Is it hard to become a resident of Costa Rica?

The process can be complex, but with CRIE’s expertise, it becomes manageable and less daunting.

Does buying property in Costa Rica give you residency?

Buying a property can contribute towards the investment requirement for certain residency categories. Consult with CRIE for specifics.

How long can you live in Costa Rica without residency?

You can live in Costa Rica for up to 90 days as a tourist without residency.

When can I apply for permanent residency in Costa Rica?

You can apply for permanent residency after three years of temporary residency. CRIE can assist with this transition.

Can you live in Costa Rica without being a citizen?

Yes, you can live in Costa Rica as a resident without being a citizen. CRIE can guide you through the residency process.

Can I collect Social Security and live in Costa Rica?

Yes, you can collect Social Security from Canada or the U.S. while living in Costa Rica.

Can an American become a permanent resident of Costa Rica?

Yes, an American can become a permanent resident of Costa Rica by meeting certain requirements. CRIE can provide guidance on this process.

What is the fastest way to get permanent residency?

The fastest way to get permanent residency varies depending on individual circumstances. CRIE can help determine the best path for you.

What are the rules for permanent residency?

The rules for permanent residency include financial requirements and a minimum stay in the country. For detailed information, consult with CRIE.

How many years does it take to be a permanent resident?

It typically takes three years of temporary residency to become a permanent resident in Costa Rica. CRIE can assist with this process.



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