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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

Head of Immigration Department

David Planes


Cristina Negro Vizoso

Mónica López

Mónica Isern López

Associate - Lawyer Immigration Department

Maximiliano Agazzi Paulet

Gabriela Baly

Gabriela Baly


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 relotating to Costa Rica.

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Lexidy Law - sucessful Non Lucrative Visa assistanceI employed Lexidy Law to assist with applying for my Non-Lucrative Visa, now granted. I also used them to check my property rental contract.Cristina Vizoso was my legal contact and was highly responsive and reassuring.In the future, I will certainly be using Lexidy to assist with my TIE and to apply for an autonomous Visa. I highly recommend them for all your immigration to Spain needs
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.
Rick Estrada-Stone
Rick Estrada-Stone
15:05 16 Jul 22
David and the Lexidy team is absolutely amazing! Perfect execution. Time and capital saver. Highly recommend them. 🔥🚀🙌⚡
Jimmy Humania
Jimmy Humania
21:50 13 Jul 22
My wife, 2 children, and I wanted to move to Spain on a non-lucrative visa to experience something new following a stressful covid period. I had the privilege of working with Max and Gabriela, who were outstanding: Fluent English, nurturing us the whole way from initial sales contact through to landing in Spain, refreshingly responsive (usually within minutes, unlike many legal firms which work in units of days!), deeply knowledgable (added so much more value beyond paperwork), professional, experienced, and couldn't do enough for us. Top marks -- and that's from a customer with high expectations! Thank you for the quality experience and for helping us realise our dreams 🙂
Duncan Casemore
Duncan Casemore
08:57 01 Jul 22
We contacted Lexidy Law boutique when we recently moved from Cyprus to open a new chapter in our lives to move into a house in Brittany that we had bought 12 years previously. We had underestimated the twists and turns involved in obtaining residency in France - so we contacted Lexidy Law Boutique and were assigned Eleonore, an immigration lawyer well acquainted with French immigration laws. From the very beginning we realised she was determined that we should have a successful outcome and she guided us expertly to avoid all the pitfalls in the process of applying for residency. She even accompanied us to the prefecture and ensured that everything went smoothly - without her presence we might well have not succeeded.We thank and highly recommend Eleonore and Lexidy Law Boutique.
21:46 29 Jun 22
Extremely helpful and professional law firm. My lawyer, David Pilar Planes, managed my immigration process that involved the conversion of an EU Permit from another member country into a Spanish residence permit, in a smooth, reliable and dedicated way. Highly recommended for anyone in need of immigration assistance in Spain.
Ornela Xhelili
Ornela Xhelili
16:43 14 Jun 22

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