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Moving to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is calling you…

Immigration Law is the bridge that connects people with opportunity and prosperity. 

Our world is becoming more and more complex but technology is helping it to feel smaller. As Immigration lawyers, we are here. Whether it’s to advise, assist or guide, we are here to help. So far, we’ve helped thousands of people across the world by making the difficult possible and delivering their goal to live in new country. Immigration means different things to everybody. For some, it’s work or to advance their education. For others, it’s the opportunity to live the life they’ve always dreamed of and worked towards. Our lawyers live for this work and the challenge of breaking down barriers. Overcoming the obstacles and penetrating the bureaucracy fuels us on our mission, which is to grow and improve in order to give our clients the highest quality of service.

How to move to Costa Rica

You must initially be a temporary resident for three years unless you are a first degree relative of a Costa Rican (via marriage or having a child in Costa Rica). You can apply to become a permanent resident after that time and begin working lawfully for Costa Rican businesses.

You have different types of Visa that will allow you to move to Costa Rica. They are the following:

  1. Tourist Visa: When coming to Costa Rica, visitors are granted a 90-day tourist visa (the exact number of days is up to the immigration official but 90 is standard). You must therefore depart the country every 90 days in order to obtain a fresh 90-day stamp or visa upon your return.

    Usually, performing these border runs while the residency applications are being processed works well. It will provide the opportunity to go to places like Panama and Nicaragua, among others. But for many people, it might be a hassle, particularly if they live far from the closest border.

  2. Digital Nomad Visa: The new digital nomad visa is an excellent substitute for full residency if you just intend to stay in Costa Rica temporarily.

    You can enter the country with this straightforward visa process and stay for a year, with the possibility of requesting for another year. You must submit an online application and provide proof of monthly income of at least $3,000 ($4,000 for a family).

  3. Residency: Obtaining residence may be a smart move if you know for a fact that Costa Rica is where you wish to live. This provides you with a cedula (ID card), simplifying numerous tasks in this nation (e.g., banking and getting a cell phone plan). A Costa Rican driver’s license is additionally available.

    Several methods exist for obtaining residency in Costa Rica.

    One requires evidence that a specific sum of money will be received under a pension or retirement plan. Another requires evidence of money coming in (non-pension/retirement), or you can make a sizable deposit into a bank account in Costa Rica. The third has to do with settling down as an investment.


About Immigration Department

¨We are a department formed by qualified legal experts who have been trained in the field of immigration law. We work on these requests every day and it’s our passion. For us, Lexidy is a way of life and what excites us the most is to be able to deliver the happiness and satisfaction of a successful immigration process. We want to help you achieve your goals and dreams.¨ 

-Immigration Team

Find your Immigration Lawyer

Laura Fusté - Lexidy TechBoutique

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Department
David Planes - Lexidy TechBoutique

David Planes


Cristina Negro Vizoso

Mónica López - Lexidy TechBoutique

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department
Maximiliano Agazzi - Lexidy TechBoutique

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Francesca Coluccio

Francesca Coluccio

Luisa Rivera

Luisa Rivera

Paola Cavalleri

Paola Cavalleri


Why move to Costa Rica

In the past ten years, immigration to Costa Rica has gained popularity. A number of characteristics and conditions make Costa Rica a special location for working, living, visiting, investing, and learning. Our immigration services in Costa Rica include the evaluation of the country’s top experts and attorneys who help potential immigrants obtain or manage their residency status there in accordance with immigration law by offering timely, pertinent advice as well as in-depth support.

The Costa Rican Immigration Law, which is frequently amended, governs all petitions for residency in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rican attorneys and other competent specialists must be up to date on the most recent immigration and residence requirements in order to handle this particular issue. Upon meeting the prerequisites for immigration, the Immigration Department examines each application and ultimately grants approval. Consult a professional about the procedures for entering Costa Rica at the moment, the requirements for entering under the various regimes, and the immigration guidance we can offer for the chosen route.

People are resourceful and have a wealth of information at their fingertips but knowledge must be combined with experience to maximise the chances of success. Immigration law doesn’t fit a template. The law evolves, circumstances change and life happs. 

An experienced Immigration lawyer is your guide to a new life in a new country.

  • They monitor, track and interpret legal and political changes to the law, whether it’s locally in Italy or in your home country. 
  • A lawyer understands the landscape and can advise on better, more affordable options for you.
  • They have long-lasting relationships with Costa Rica Immigration officials, Embassies and Consulate and can navigate bureaucracy elegantly and swiftly to deliver results.
  • Immigration experts are exposed to documentation every day, so preparing paperwork successfully is second-nature to them.
  • Sometimes there are interviews and a seasoned Immigration legal expert will prepare you for that meeting with the officials. 

Do you want to move to Costa Rica but want to bring your pet with you? Don’t worry, depending on your pet’s size and weight, you have three major alternatives for getting them to Costa Rica: as carry-on luggage, checked baggage, or freight. At Lexidy we can help you with the all the process and help you immigrate to Costa Rica with your pets.

Do you want to move to Costa Rica with your family? It is possible to do so and relatively easy. Costa Rica is a very family-friendly country and either adults and kids will enjoy it. Don’t doubt to contact us and we will help you with the process of relocating to Costa Rica.

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Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor
11:41 13 Jan 23
Eleonore and the Lexidy team were INCREDIBLE in helping me and my family get our visas for France. We tried for weeks to do it on our own and after all of our extensive research, we still had questions about what to do or how to do it successfully. Eleonore was with us every step of the way. She was able to answer every question. We were left feeling confident that Eleonore and her team were giving us the best chance possible of getting the visas we wanted. And it worked! It was great to have a lawyer who was so familiar with the French visa process - they are experts! We didn't want a visa lawyer who was a generalist and didn't specialize in French visas. Thank you so much!
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Gaby Chiha
16:17 03 Jan 23
My experience was optimal. Each time I sent an email, the response was prompt, the information thorough, and the exchange pleasant. The complimentary consultation was informative, friendly, and professional. My immigration services will be addressed by none other than Lexidy Law Boutique. I thank you for the detailed information, your authenticity, most of all, for making me feel at ease in discussing such a private matter.
D Par
D Par
23:43 25 Oct 22
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Symon Blomfield
Symon Blomfield
10:18 26 Aug 22
We are working with Lexidy for our immigration and real estate needs. Our real estate lawyer, Juan Diego Muñoz, has been amazing to work with throughout the entire process. His diligent communication during the real estate purchase has not only kept us informed every step of the way, but helped us to understand the differences and intricacies of purchasing property in Spain. We can't say enough great things about Juan Diego and the team at Lexidy.
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Rick Estrada-Stone
15:05 16 Jul 22

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