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Costa Rican Residency, Association of ResidentsWhat Does the ARCR Offer?

Moving to a new country with a different culture is exciting, and ARCR Administration can help with the legal, moving, language and cultural problems. As an ARCR member, you can take advantage of a large range of bilingual services and benefits; just a few of which follow:

  • Immigration, Legal resident applications and file updates, identity card renewals.
  • Services in areas such as investments, real estate (including appraisals) and banking.
  • Relocation, Assistance with shipping and customs.
  • Referrals for legal, tax and accounting assistance.
  • Assistance in dealing with various government departments in Costa Rica.
  • Two different medical plans.
  • Insurance for automobile and homeowners.
  • All other types of insurance available in the ARCR San Jose offices.
  • Inexpensive international mail courier service to the US postal system in Miami, Florida.
  • Vehicle & property title searches, company searches, credit checks.
  • Photocopy, translation, fax, mail delivery and Internet services.
  • FREE email account that provides stable and reliable service anywhere in the world.
  • Discounts on a wide variety of goods and services.
  • Work permits for foreign domestic staff.
  • Subscription to "EL RESIDENTE" magazine.
  • Many social activities and Adventure trips for networking and fun.
  • Access to Costa Rica Asistencia (Auto Club Road service program like AAA)

We have a "Provisional Membership" category, with a fee of US$100 per year. Members with legal residency status in Costa Rica pay a fee of US$50 per year. Membership entitles you to all information and services. The Spouse of a member is $10 per year (please send separate application form).

Once you are a provisional member, we can help you apply for residency status. ARCR members pay the following: Prices are in U.S. dollars.

Pensionado or rentista applicants $1100 for the titular primary applicant

Inversionista applications $1,200 for the titular (primary) applicant.

Less for shareholders in some qualifying companies.

Dependent's documents $1100 for a spouse, $600 for each child

(note: Prices subject to change w/o notice)

Prices include attorney fees, translations from English to Spanish (which must be done by an official Costa Rican translator), and processing. There is an extra charge for translations from other languages to Spanish. If you have documents translated in the country of origin, the only official translator accepted by the Costa Rican government is the Costa Rican consul for that country. ARCR provides detailed instructions on how to handle documents required from your country of origin, as well as what you must do in Costa Rica.

All documents from outside Costa Rica must be Apostilled (or authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate depending on your area). Before you do that, we suggest you that you fax these documents to us for review and any corrections. The Consul charges US$40 per authentication plus $250 for application.

Come and visit us in the building casa Canada, at the corner of 4th Avenue (Avenida) and 40th Street (Calle). Tell the taxi we are 200 meters South of Banco de Costa Rica, Paseo Colon.

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