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Bexx7799
3/7/2015 10:59 EST

Hi there - I'm planning to spend time in Costa Rica over the next few years. My understanding - given that I am retired - is that applying for a pensionado visa may be the best approach.

I'm getting conflicting information from the various websites I'm researching so wanted to check out a few things.

1. I gather I can't work for another company while I am there but I can work for myself. Is that correct?

2. I start the visa application process in my country of origin (Canada) and then complete the process when I am in Costa RIca? What documentation do I have at to show at the border so they know I am in process of applying? A letter from my lawyer? Is it possible to complete the entire process prior to arriving in Costa Rica? (the fingerprints may be tricky to get - never needed them!! :))

3. I've read the document requirements for the visa application. I gather the process takes quite some time - about how long - 4 months? 9 months? over a year?

4. I'm not planning on purchasing I just want to rent for a few years so I can move around easily (will probably never purchase). I keep hearing that I can rent a suitable apt for around 2 - 300$ but can't seem to locate anything at that price online. Is that best done when I get there? Are there any sites that aren't just vacation rentals etc?

I'm sure I will have more questions but this is where I'm starting - thx for any help folks can offer

Kohl
6/1/2015 11:31 EST

Since you have to sign for cedula, it is more likely to arrive...although, if you are over 65 you can wait for it to be made while at immigration, so only for an additional half hour.
We do not live near San Jose, but in a rural area , althoughmail often sits in the PO when staff say 'it hasn't arrived..'

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shermanwc
6/1/2015 09:21 EST

sporto505, did you go to your local post office to ask if they had mail for you for your test letters? Our cedulas were mailed to the post office for our area, and we picked it up there the week after it was approved. Just tell them your name and where you live when you go to the window.

sporto505
6/1/2015 09:17 EST

Kohl: you refer to receiving one's cedula in the mail. this appears to be an issue in CR. I had both of my children mail me an envelope as a test to see if I received it here in Santa Ana. That was almost a month ago. Yet, I did receive Citi bank mail to a prior tenant in my condo. It was slipped underneath my door. What is your experience with receiving mail here in the San Jose area?? Any suggestions to improve one's chances of getting mail? thanks.

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