COSTA RICA IMMIGRATION & MOVING EXPERTS



​Requirement Chart for Legal Statuses in Costa Rica
Pensionado / Rentista / Resident Investor 


Pensionado                Rentista                       Resident  Investor
Topic
Financial
Requirement
Designation 
of Status
Renewel of
Status Required
$1,000/month 
in form of a 
pension 
guaranteed 
for life
$60,000 deposited in recognized bank $2,500/month available to applicant if required
One-time investment of $200,000 in a Government- approved investment(s) or in 
real estate, including personal home
Temporary                 Temporary                          Temporary
24 Months                 24 Months                           24 Months
Number of Days 
Required in 
Costa Rica
1 Day in 
1st 24 Months
1 Day in 
1st 24 Months
1 Day in 
1st 24 Months
Requirements 
to Renew
Proof 
of Pension
Payment of $138
Proof of
$60,000 in Bank
Payment of $138
Continued Proof of Investment
Payment of $138
Able to 
Own Property
Yes                             Yes                                      Yes
Able to Work
in Costa Rica

No                              No                                   
Yes, to Extent of 
Managing Financials 
of Investment
Duration of
Temporary 
Status

36 Months                 36 Months                          36 Months
Change to 
Permanent 
Status

Letter of
Application
Required

Letter of
Application
Required

Letter of
Application
Required

Cost


New Security 
Deposit
$300


New Security 
Deposit
$300

New Security 
Deposit
$300
Plus Cost of
Status Change


Payment of
$250


Payment of
$250


Payment of
$250