Tag: Residency

Mar 31 2018

Immigration News for Those on a Tourist Visa and Temporary Residents

Costa Rica’s immigration ministry announced yesterday that they will begin enforcing fines for visitors who overstay their visas. As of April 20, 2018, foreign persons who remain in Costa Rica beyond the period permitted by immigration shall be fined $100 USD for each month they overstay in the country, or in their absence, they shall be …

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Sep 14 2015

In the Mailbag: Residency in Costa Rica and Buying a Car

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. From Lynn T., a long-time reader of this newsletter: Going through the residency application process can be a daunting endeavor, and I strongly recommend that anyone serious about getting their residency in CR consider …

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May 12 2015

Q&A: Join the Caja in Costa Rica-How, When, and How Much?

“How long must I live in Costa Rica (and must I be full time) to qualify for Caja? And, when I do qualify, what does it cost? I continue to get very different answers to these questions. Can you set me straight?” – Sherry B.   To best answer Sherry’s question, we consulted our Costa Rica …

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Mar 19 2015

In the Mailbag: Cost of Groceries and Renewing Your Tourist Visa

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Cost of Groceries Margaret P. responded to another reader’s comment/question about the high cost of groceries in Atenas after reading our January cost of living article. In answer to the woman who just …

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Feb 09 2015

In the Mailbag: Tourist Visas, Driving in Costa Rica, and Cost of Living

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Tourist Visas From Phil: I was wondering if you know of any way someone could stay long term or longer at least then the 90 days without leaving. We are a young family …

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Jan 20 2015

In the Mailbag: Residency, Caja Payments, and a Question about Diabetes Care in CR – January 18, 2015

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here’s a glimpse into our mailbag. Residency After reading Norman Seigal’s article, Alajuela to San Ramón, Another Adventure, in our January 8th newsletter, Merry had this question: How were Norman & Frankie able to STAY in CR after their first …

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Dec 06 2014

In the Mailbag – Shipping, Residency, Nicaragua, and More

Our newsletters and posts generate lots of discussion, on our website, in emails, and on facebook. Here are some of the comments, with helpful information and questions, from our readers: Shipping As a follow-up to both our article about selling our house in Baltimore and shipping 13 boxes to Costa Rica, and last newsletter’s “In the Mailbag” follow-up …

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Oct 19 2014

In the Mailbag – October 19, 2014

Our last newsletter on healthcare and health insurance generated a LOT of discussion, both on our website and on facebook. We received the following comment from a reader about “In the Mailbag: Regarding Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja.” A good friend, who has been a PT for many years, recently had …

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Sep 26 2014

In the Mailbag: Regarding Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja

In the Mailbag – September 26, 2014 Our “Questions and Answers” column in the last newsletter generated a lot of response. The topic was “Getting Residency in Costa Rica and Joining the Caja.” You can read the original question and answer here. Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts. Tom B. wrote: It’s not so easy …

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Sep 26 2014

Applying for Permanent Residency in Costa Rica

Just yesterday, September 25, 2014, we applied for permanent residency status in Costa Rica. It turned out to be easier than we thought, though speaking Spanish was a great help. The first thing we did was to visit the Migración office in Puntarenas, which is about an hour’s drive from our house. We live about …

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