NewImmigration Laws

The new income requirements apply to applications filed starting on March 1, 2010.

Pensionado - Income:
The new monthly pension income requirement is US$1,000. One pension allows both husband and wife to apply for residency

Rentista - Income:
The new Rentista monthly income requirement is US$2,500. The exact same amount of US$2,500 applies to all applicants, whether or not the applicant is single, or married, or married with children.

Inversionista – Investment Amount
The investment made must have a registered or verifiable value of at least US$200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand dollars).

The investment of a lesser amount in tourism is no longer available. Mandatory Membership in “La Caja”
The new law made it mandatory for all applicants to become members in Costa Rica’s medical system, La Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, known simply as “La Caja.” The applicant must show proof of membership in La Caja at the time the residency identification card is issued.

Location where applications can be filed
Applications can now be filed abroad, in the applicant’s country of origin, or directly at Migración y Extranjería in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Residency applications under the Vínculo Program can only be filed in Costa Rica.

Applications for Vínculo Status by Spouses of a Costa Rican citizen
The application of the spouse of a Costa Rican citizen, filed under the Vínculo Program, will no longer be granted as a permanent resident if the marriage took place less than 2 years from the application date. Under the new law, spouses are granted temporary residencies for the first three years. At the end of the third year the spouse can apply for permanent residency.

Higher fees
The new law codifies the increase of the fees charged by Migración for the filing of the application, the review of the application, to file for change in status from temporary to permanent residency, and for many other services.

The Immigration law now in effect brought substantial changes to the application process and increased the complexity and time-consuming paperwork requirements built into the process. Working together as a team, Costa Rica Immigration Experts helps you navigate the complex application process step by step