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travel
4/19/2016 11:40 EST

how difficult is it to attain this status?

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Kohl
4/19/2016 13:35 EST

It's easy if you have no criminal record, have a 'guaranteed for life' pension of at least $1000 a month. It will cost you approx. $2500 for your application using a lawyer. and it will take approx. 12 - 15 months. You will not be covered by the socialized medical system until then.

Note that $1000 is not enough for you to live here.

http://costaricalaw.com/costa-rica-legal-topics/immigration-and-residency/residency-general-information-and-summary/

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lhammond14
4/19/2016 13:37 EST

Takes some knowledge that you get by reading a lot and then talking to lawyer to make sure current.

Pull up ARCR (Association Residents of Costa Rica). Have list of what you need to do. It's kind of a hassle and takes some clear thinking to do in right order.

They are not interested in original documents. You have to order on line certified copies of your marriage certificate and birth certificate. Then send them to have them 'apostiled'.

You have to have local police record of good conduct. All has to be less than 6 months old and can't remember police record less than that.

Fingerprints after papers are in the hat or when your lawyer says to.

Not fun to do. But I did and I am no Einstein and I did it correctly for me and my husband.

We received our 'Expediente' in 3 weeks, and our cedulas in none months.

Everyone has a different experience. Depending on your lawyer, how detail oriented you are, and patience. Some people bug the lawyer every week, and I personally believe that works against them. I didn't call once, and ours were approved in 8-1/2 months.

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lhammond14
4/19/2016 13:40 EST

I made a typo - I meant nine months, not none months.
lhammond

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carolvaughn
4/19/2016 16:18 EST

People recently report being required
to obtain an FBI criminal report -- not
your local state's. Double check with
your lawyer, but that's what I was asked
to provide 1 yr. ago. Good Luck!

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travel
4/26/2016 11:10 EST

"You have to have local police record" does this need to be apostilled ?

and thanks for kind responses.

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Kohl
4/26/2016 12:00 EST

Yes, it does. Your documents must be dated for less 6 months when hand to immigration.

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Herediano
4/27/2016 11:56 EST

Also, the money does not really have to be from a pension. Some State welfare payments also qualify, like U.S. Social Security payments. Private annuities may also qualify.

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philruth
3/23/2017 09:22 EST

We have birth and marriage apostilled but how is local police record apostilled? our local notary said she could not notarize to start the process...

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playasdelcoco
3/23/2017 11:09 EST

Khol,
I just want to add the the 1.000.00 must be in US dollars.

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Kohl
3/23/2017 11:20 EST

Yes, very important to add that...

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hartumpire
3/23/2017 12:39 EST

Is the required $1,000 a month for pensionado annuity per person or for both husband and wife?

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Kohl
3/23/2017 12:47 EST

This amount will cover you , wife and dependents under 18....but as previously mentioned it is NOT enough to live on.

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pebbalita
3/23/2017 13:05 EST

Kohl would you please preface that with "IN MY OPINION it is not enough to live on " many here are doing that and not scrimping just budgeting and NOT living where rents are high (Gringo areas NOR beaches where rents are higher and A?C is needed continually...

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Kohl
3/23/2017 14:00 EST

In this case, you are quite right; I should have said 'in my opinion, $1000 is no longer enough to comfortably live on here', but LOCATION is key.

I live in an area where there are hardly any other expats, only ever have lunch out if we are 'out of our town' doing business elsewhere, nor do I live near the beach and there is no way we could live on $1000 a month.

If you own your home, don't maintain a car and seldom eat out, possibly you could.

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hartumpire
3/23/2017 14:20 EST

Thanks Kohl
This May will be our 4th visit to CR. I am not close to be any expert or having little knowledge on living there full or part time but I do have s sense that $1.000 a month isn't going to cut it, especially in the central pacific region.
My question was really in reference to the temporary residency. Is it that mandatory healthcare tax ( I believe 7%-9%) is based on your monthly income? And is that amount verified by anyone?

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hartumpire
3/23/2017 14:21 EST

Thanks Kohl
This May will be our 4th visit to CR. I am not close to be any expert or having little knowledge on living there full or part time but I do have s sense that $1.000 a month isn't going to cut it, especially in the central pacific region.
My question was really in reference to the temporary residency. Is it that mandatory healthcare tax ( I believe 7%-9%) is based on your monthly income? And is that amount verified by anyone?

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Kohl
3/23/2017 14:46 EST

You are not required to inform immigration if you have multiple pensions/SS payments, only the one that you choose to use and is nearest to the $1000 minimum required.

7-10% should be in the ballpark of this declared amount, but unfortunately one never knows 'exactly' what it will be, until at the end of the game.

https://outlierlegal.com/2015/10/04/the-pensionado-category/

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