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The decision to move abroad is already made. The greater challenge most people face is how to make the move legally – and how to figure out what is needed to achieve it.

At NOMAD, we offer comprehensive consulting and support throughout your adventure. These are the services we offer:

Residency in Costa Rica

Current Costa Rican legislation – the General Law on Migration and Foreigners No. 8764 and its respective regulations – as well as other current laws and various provisions from Immigration Authorities, offer Residency as the primary legal mechanism to achieve your goals.

There are several categories under which residency may be requested. According to these categories, a series of requirements must be fulfilled and presented to the Immigration Authority. It is important to note that these requirements are not an exhaustive list, as immigration authorities analyze each application and its supporting documentation, and are empowered to request any additional documentation they deem necessary to demonstrate eligibility for the requested category.

  • People on a Fixed Income
  • Retirees
  • Investor
  • Self-employed People
  • Marriage
  • Family Reunification
  • Parentage


This option is quite distinct from Residency, as in this case, you would seek to change or add to your current nationality and become Costa Rican.

There are several requirements to request naturalization. The most common is through marriage and a minimum of 2 years in the country; additionally, legal residency for at least 7 years or having resided in Costa Rica for more than 20 years. There are several other options related to paternity or having Costa Rican children by birth.


This migratory category is for people who cannot return to their country of origin or residence, for fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, nationality, gender, or for belonging to a certain political group. This type of residency is processed with the Refugee Unit of the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners. © 2021. All Rights Reserved.