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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 Fuste

Laura Fusté

Head of Immigration Europe
David Planes

David Planes

Lawyer
Cristina Negro Vizoso

Cristina Negro Vizoso

Lawyer
Mónica Isern López

Mónica Isern López

Lawyer, Head of Immigration Spain
Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly

Lawyer
Francesca Coluccio

Francesca Coluccio

Legal Advisor
Luisa Rivera

Luisa Rivera

Trainee
Sandra

Sandra Faura

Lawyer
Carolina Gimeno

Carolina Gimeno

Lawyer

Rizette

Lawyer
Eugenia Yanes

Eugenia Yanes

Legal Trainee
María Laura Arreaza

Maria Laura Arreaza

Immigration Administrative

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.

Be happy. Join a community of satisfied and successful customers

I've worked with Lexidy for three years on my immigration status. They are professional, knowledgable and reliable. In particular, I've worked with Cristina and her team who have provided consistent top-notch service. Cristina has a thorough and clear communication style, and she has been a great source of information. I highly recommend working with Lexidy.
Karin Avila
Karin Avila
11:05 20 Mar 24
Working alongside Cristina has been an excellent experience. I initially contacted her from Pakistan and had a one-on-one meeting in Madrid upon my arrival. She is an exceptional lawyer with extensive expertise in her field. Despite my numerous concerns and questions, she remained remarkably calm and patiently explained everything to me, demonstrating both her exceptional professionalism and personal qualities.Thanks to her assistance, I obtained my TIE in Spain. For anyone seeking immigration advice or services, I highly recommend reaching out to her. Cristina, along with Lexidy, offers a comprehensive solution for realizing your European dreams. Many thanks, Cristina and Lexidy, for your invaluable support.
Muizz Ahmed
Muizz Ahmed
11:33 14 Mar 24
I’ve used them numerous times for my visa purposes. They’ve been honest and direct with there responses. Comes to show they’re knowledgeable and wont waste both our times. Highly recommend them!
Alejandro Perez
Alejandro Perez
16:40 29 Dec 23
We get to know about Spanish Golden Visa by property investment through web searches but as a foreigners we have limited knowledge about Golden Visa application compliance and property sales and purchase governing rules and regulations.There are many websites out there listing out how Golden Visa legal system or property ownership in Spain works but we know it is even beyond language bearer that we need an experience, responsive and dedicated specialist to do the job.We come across Lexidy Law, which specialized in assisting foreigners in Golden Visa application and in our case through the property purchases (there are few types of ways for qualifying on Spanish Golden Visa application).Because of the straightforward services price structure of Lexidy and easy to understand explanations of the home-purchasing process, we felt confident after meeting with Mr.Alejandro who is the first person we met of the application process.During our property purchase, the sale of the house has come to a halt and become a complex and problematic deal as a result of sellers’ family dispute on the sales proceed distribution. The argument lasted for two months, pushing back the completion deadline.The Lexidy real estate team has done an excellent job, in particular with the lead by Señor Juan Diego.Juan is highly knowledgeable, competent and down to earth practical lawyer in this field; his previously work experience in real property gives us good spectrum of views and advices with alternative or solutions and he shows his capability in ranking them logically so we do the decision to choose the best fit for ourselves.He promptly provides updates on every development and highlights complication or consequences from both the seller and buyer perspective (nearly every day). His effective and fluent communication skills in written and spoken English saved thousand words for non Spanish language speakers like us; He maintain his client's best interests in mind yet remain independent in giving his advices.Lexidy's real estate team has spent a considerable amount of time and resources helping us have a successful closure to this property purchase.Yes, we are now proud house owners, and Lexidy didn't charge us extra for the additional work and efforts on the process hiccup. We are impressed and thankful with the professionalism.Thankful Lexidy, it would be impossible for us to have a flawless closure and a successful property transaction which now lead us to the final path of Spanish Golden Visa process which handle by Ms.Laura and her team.It is truly a blessing and we sincerely hope that our review might also benefit you in finding a correct choice of Spanish Golden Visa application service provider.
Yaw Kevin
Yaw Kevin
02:00 27 Sep 23
Update: I received the money in two days after I left this comment, big kudos to the people involved in this. It's really incredible, I did not expect it. Thank you very much!Horrible service! I was their client for almost 2 years and they transferred me to another accountant. All could’ve been great, but they are not returning my money for a service they didn’t complete (around 400€) for already more than 6 months and what is even worse, not even replying to my emails. If I would be you, I would definitely not sign with them.
Iuliana Popa
Iuliana Popa
15:46 26 Sep 23
Exceptional service with exacting details. Not only were the staff friendly but also extremely exhausting to make everything simple, efficient, and clear. Whether it's about the new digital visas or retiring visas, they're your obvious choice!
Mohamed Ramy
Mohamed Ramy
09:57 29 Aug 23
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