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Do I apply for CAJA after I am granted temporary residency, or not until I am granted permanent residency?

By Betsy Burlingame

Summary: When do I enroll in CAJA?

"Once you have gained approval as a pensionado you must sign up with CAJA. Unfortunately, until that time you will not know how your premium will be," said an expat living in Costa Rica.

Prior to being eligible for CAJA, expats should purchase expat health insurance in order to be covered for routine care and in the event of an emergency.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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Updated On: Apr 27, 2019

First Published: Apr 27, 2019

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