Would you please send me information. We are considering moving to Costa Rica, but we are not wealthy and may have to find a way to work and make money, but we are serious! Can u help?
Suggest you read this info, http://www.costaricalaw.com/Immigration-and-Residency/residency-general-information-and-summary.html that explains the' rules and reg's' for living here legally. Also explains that you cannot legally work here, either unless you have a work visa which is very hard to get, Permanent residency or work online.
Costa Rica is not as inexpensive to live in, as it used to be, although it may be cheaper than where you are at present.
- best not come if you don't have money, visitors cannot work legally
do your internet research - there is an immense amount of info on this subject already written online.
- Hi. We are in same boat. All, please reply to original question to the group. In our situation, we are moving with 2 young children. Thanks.
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- Terry/Angie and those who want to ask about moving here, you will not get much help or information or replies from members with gigantic questions such as "can you help".
You need to be asking much smaller questions such as "is it a good idea to bring my 1969 Cadillac Eldorado when I move here". Also it would help if you give some background info on your situation, it is likely that of the thousands of gringos that have moved here, some will be sympathetic to your situation or may have specific information that will help. Without knowing what you are asking, it is very difficult to suggest anything at all. Thanks
A couple can live here, provided they have the necessary funds, much easier than those with a young family. Raising children and providing them with a good education, can cost over $500 a month per child...and go up to $1000 if you want them to attend an Internationally accredited school. Most expats families choose these private facilities. If funds are sufficient, I’m sure you will enjoy your time here
See this link for schools, http://costarica-information.com/about-costa-rica/economy/economic-sectors-industries/real-estate/real-estate-general/living-in-costa-rica/education/private-schools-for-children
1. Start by searching the internet for blogs on life in Costa Rica. There are a number of blogs written by ex-pats on their experiences.On Dec 27, 2013, at 12:35 PM, <alajuelanorth@...> wrote:
Terry/Angie and those who want to ask about moving here, you will not get much help or information or replies from members with gigantic questions such as "can you help".2. Go to websites such as ARCR - written for those folks looking to live here: http://www.arcr.net/They will give you specifics on how to qualify for living here legally.3. Google is your friend. There are a host of websites about moving to CR. Or use your local library. borrow or purchase books written by ex-pats about moving and living in CR.THEN: when you have narrowed down your searches... have some idea of if it is possible and have specific questions, the folks here will try to help. Otherwise we'd be writing volumes and not knowing what information you could use.I will say, since moving here in 2005... it is a LOT more difficult to just move down here if you aren't a retiree with $1000 social security or pension minimum. Or an investor who wants to invest in Costa Rica. The "Perpetual Tourist" who lives here and leaves to renew a 90 day visa every 90 days will soon become extinct.. As the government becomes more adept at computers, it is becoming more difficult to just enter and leave. The gov't wants you to become a legal resident in one form or another. And the money needed to do this has increased from a minimum of $600/month to $1000/month and could rise again.Best bets for someone who needs to work and wants to raise a young family here are to look for companies with US bases that you might be able to work for down here... or teachers who could apply online to local US curriculum schools who would provide you with a work visa. Said visa could take up to a year to get, though. I love Costa Rica, but it is becoming much more difficult for new folks wanting to come here and more expensive for retirees.
- Kerry- Thanks for reply. For what kind of residency status is $1000/mo for and is it per individual or can apply to family?
All- Also can a tourist open a local bank account and what are requirements to do so with Banco de CR?
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---In CostaRicaLiving@yahoogroups.com, <sagacoatings@...> wrote:> For what kind of residency status is $1000/mo for and> is it per individual or can apply to family?Helo Gary, Kerry provided a link in her response to the OP for where to find the very information you are asking about in your post here. You really should visit that siteand read thru the requirements posted there.The link to the ARCR site is [ http://www.arcr.net ]. Once there click on the yellowRESIDENCY tab and the requirements for several of the most usual types ofresidencies will display for you. Among them is the residency type that requiresUS$1,000 per month and whether that applies to an entire family. Please visitthe site and check it out. That info is a mere two clicks away for anyone to access.
> Also can a tourist open a local bank account and> what are requirements to do so with Banco de CR?
Yes, but it is definitely more difficult to open one without having residency plus if you domanage to open a bank account then as a non-resident you may be unable to use allthe normally available features (such as online features like bill payments or transfersof money to other residents' accounts) until you finally do get your residency approved.Sorry to sound disconcerting but Costa Rica over the last few years seems to beclamping down on what non-residents are and are not allowed to do, which seemsto be, as one other resident posting to this thread has already mentioned, a way toslowly encourage non-residents living in CR who have chosen to not apply forresidency to either leave or apply for residency.Hope this info helps...Regards,Paul M.==
- As usual, Paul is correct in his assessment. Things are becoming much more difficult for non-legal residents. Another sign of this is the diffiulty in finding a bank that will accept your opening an account. Frequently you can bypass this by having a corporation, called a Sociedad Anonima here. But, that leads to other proplems in the future as all bank accounts have to be "actualiziced" or brought up to date with information provided to the banks avery 17 months or so. These require a Personeria Juridica from the National Registry or, with luck, downloadable from the Internet to prove you have the rights to represent the S.A. and of course, it can't be more than 30, or 60 days since you got it. Same for proving you have the rights to apply for the plates for the car. Just another level of red tape. BCR is one of the banks that, I believe, will accept non-resident accounts, but you really need to talk to your local bank... and better in a small town that knows you than in a large San Jose bank. If your Spanish isn't up to the challenge, take a friend with you. Make certain you understand what is required. As with everything here... a knowledge of Spanish is a great help.
Before this past year, you could get a driver's license by simply showing a valid one from the US. Now, you can not renew your license, or apply for a license here without being a legal resident in one of their categories.
Visitors with a valid tourist visa can drive on their US license for the 90 days they are here... but can not get a license from CR.
Many things are changing, poco a poco and anyone wanting to live here needs to do a lot of reading before making that decision. Even if they fulfill the requirements for one of the categories of legal residency. Even if you do find an employer who will apply for the work visa here... that is only temporary, and you will have to leave the country or move to another category of residency when your work here is terminated. If you can apply for pensionado or another category, fine. If you can't... you may lose all you have invested in your life here.
The time here on a work visa does NOT count towards the 7 years you'd need to be here legally to become a naturalized citizen (the cheapest method to residency). If you have another family member with you here (wife, husband) while you are here on a work visa, who is a dependent, not working, THEY can apply for citizenship, but tests in the History of CR and Spanish are required, plus paperwork and a fairly long wait (up to one year). Then the working spouse would STILL have to wait another two years before he or she could apply under the marriage regulations for their citizenship.
Everything is complicated, but no more so than the same processes in the US or most other countries these days. You might find a place that requires less money per month income, or is a little faster to approval, but really... they are all about the same.
MEP has produced a text available for 5,500 colones on the history of CR. ALL the test questions are taken from that text. It can be purchased from ICER. ICER is a building in San Pedro, behind the UCR. It is called the SÍKUA Estudios Sociales and you really need to just about memorize it.
Does anyone have any " tests in the History of CR"? BerniPrevious tests can be found online at the Maestro en Casa website.. and looking at the Estudios Sociales sections. They have sample tests for everything thru the high school universal test (bacchiliarato ?sp.). f