Who is going to help me after I relocate to Costa Rica?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Buying and Selling Property in Costa Rica, Costa Rica Living, FAQ's

Have you decided to relocate to Costa Rica?  Moving to Costa Rica can be a little daunting and that’s where we come in. I tell all my clients, “I will work twice as hard for you AFTER you close as I did to help you find and buy the property.” Selling you the house or condo is the easy part, it’s after you move here that you really need our help.

In the USA or Canada, once you’ve bought your house, you might never see your realtor again.  Even if you move across the country, from one state to the next, you don’t need your real estate agent to help you adjust.  You can do it on your own.  You know how to get your mail, buy car insurance and even put your children in schools.  There are yellow pages, and Google search engines so getting a plumber or painter is easy: but it’s not so simple when you relocate to Costa Rica.

You are totally lost, and don’t even know where to begin.

What are the benefits of Costa Rica Residency?

Written by Michael Simons on . Posted in Costa Rica Living, FAQ's, Residency

What are the benefits of Costa Rica residency?

Costa Rican Residency

If you are not a resident of Costa Rica, you can only legally stay for 90 days on your tourist visa.  After 90 days you must leave the country for 72 hours before you can come back.  You will read on the internet where people tell you that they live here full-time, but don’t have residency.  Every 90 days they go to Nicaragua or Panama, spend the long weekend and come back.  Some people have been doing this for a decade. We call these people perpetual tourists.

This is NOT sound advice.  And technically if the Costa Rican government were to strictly apply their immigration law perpetual tourists will need to apply for residency.

If you are going to spend any amount of time in this country, you should work with a reputable Immigration Attorney to obtain your Costa Rica residency.  At some point the government of Costa Rica is going to crack down on these individuals and not allow them back in to the country, as they really do not want these types of people living here. 

The ONLY reason that someone lives in this country and doesn’t obtain their residency is because they can’t.  This means they have no money, are paying no taxes, and have no investments and are not legally contributing in any way, shape, or form to the long term growth and success of this country.  Who needs or wants these people?

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