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PombinhaCoco7
5/4/2019 16:00 EST

Hello Everyone,
I have an American neighbor and he is almost 78 years old.
I'm the one always reminding him about paying his taxes and renewing his residency.
Actually I've been telling him since last year that it's time to apply for his Permanent Residency.
He waited until now.
His Temporary Residency will expire in July.
My husband just met him and he said that he had to spend US$900.00 and that now he needs to keep applying for residency every 3 years.
I just emailed the lawyer about this because I think he is confused.
My question is: Has there been any change concerning getting Permanent Residency?
In our case when we renewed it we didn't use a lawyer.
Now that we are applying for Permanent Residency we are doing it on our own again since we speak Spanish.
I would appreciate your input on this.
Thanks.

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lindyluvsCR
5/4/2019 16:26 EST

Pombinha - welcome back.

Just a few months ago, we got our Permanent Residency. I really can't remember how often she said - but that it would need to be renewed every __ years or so. She said it is not like re-applying or a complicated matter, but I think she said you just go to Bank of Costa Rica and pay some money. Not a lot. But you know they like money. I cannot remember how much $100-$200 or so. Once I get something done, I am so happy to get it, that I am not ready to think about something a couple of years away.

Also, without going into more details here, my husband is in Coco Beach in a complex I think called Las Palmas. You will find him with 2 ornery schnauzzers and playing country and gospel music around the pool. Is looking for a church he likes. He told me he would love to meet you as he knows you love Coco Beach. Send me a PM if you are willing to do so with how he can contact you.

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PombinhaCoco7
5/4/2019 16:42 EST

LindyLuvsCR
Las Palmas is a large area on the other side of town. There are many different complexes there.
Usually tourists (unless they are Catholics) go to Hope Fellowship (main street but far from downtown).
Right now we are going to Canada to get some documents.
On Sundays there is what they call the Sunday Market in Las Palmas from 8 or 9 to 1 PM. It's outdoors. Maybe he wants to play there as well.
If you Google Hope Fellowship you will find the church. They always help people in need.

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Kohl
5/5/2019 09:40 EST

The longer you live there with Permanent residency, the longer your 'time period' before renewal will be.

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shermanwc
5/5/2019 09:53 EST

After we applied for permanent residency and went to Migracion to finalize our papers, we were told that our Permanent Residency would need to be renewed in 2 years - but if we delayed our paperwork a few months to be closer to the expiration of our Rentista Residency, we would get a longer renewal period. I didn't really understand "why" or what the details were, but we decided we wanted to get it done sooner rather than later. Our Permanent Residency cedulas now will expire after only 2 years. Next time they should be good for a longer period.

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lindyluvsCR
5/5/2019 14:38 EST

Pombinha - Thanks. He has visited Hope Fellowship. Have a safe trip.

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PombinhaCoco7
5/6/2019 08:03 EST

Shermanwc
I just hope that after we get Permanent Residency we won’t need to ask and keep asking for letters from the Canadian Government stating that our pensions are for life.
We have had Government employees in Canada arguing with us about it.
Linda, for how long is your husband going to stay in Playas del Coco?
Oh, I forgot to ask Shermanwc if he thinks that it’s OK to go to Granada. Someone wants to know.Thanks.

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lindyluvsCR
5/6/2019 08:53 EST

Pombinha - Let's just say he is living there. But going to see him mom in Oklahoma May 11-22.

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shermanwc
5/6/2019 09:03 EST

It should be safe to go to Granada for a visit at this time. My wife and I are in southern Nicaragua where we feel safe, and we occasionally take day trips to Managua for shopping - just check the Nica news to make sure that no protests are planned for that day. We generally avoid central Managua and shop at stores on the south side of Managua.

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PombinhaCoco7
5/6/2019 11:32 EST

Now I feel guilty that I convinced my daughter last month not to go to Granada.
About Permanent Residency: my husband went to the Immigration in Liberia 2 weeks ago and they told him to deposit 120.00 (just like last year) 2 days before our meeting with them.
Now I read that for Permanent Residency is 200.00 that we must deposit (information someone got from a lawyer).
I wonder if my husband should go back there to confirm it but they even wrote it in a piece of paper and the guy there knew that we are applying for Permanent Residency.
You guys have no idea (or maybe you do) how much people are paying to their lawyers to get this done.
I'm so glad we can do this ourselves.

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