Thursday, July 19, 2018

No More Visa/Border Runs!!! - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

Congratulations Devon!!!
As per mentioned before, to avoid your Visa Stamp to expire we have filed your application for residency with the Immigration Department in Costa Rica. Attached please find a copy of your application receipt. Please print it and carry it with a copy of your passport. For your passport, you should  carry a copy of the ID page and the entry stamp. 

Today I received my Numero de Expediente! I no longer have to leave the country every 90 days!! It took about 60 days for me to receive my number (partly due to a delay with my birth certificate) but I did not do any collecting of documents myself instead I signed over power of attorney to my lawyers at Outlier Legal. I did not even have to go to Migración to pick up my number today. It was emailed to me. At this point my papers have been sent for approval and the next step will be to receive my Cédula (which is like a Green Card). 

I have included some important facts about the traveling to Costa Rica as a tourist and Costa Rica Residency laws below.

*Note - This information was taken from the Costa Rica Law website. Please click on the link for more detailed information. There are several other sites available for your use and I have not used their services.

If you were granted a 90 day visa this is the maximum stay allowed by law. If you want to stay in Costa Rica longer then you have leave the country and then come back in to get another 90 days. If you were given a 30 day visa then you can renew that in Costa Rica up to the maximum of 90 days. The amount of time that a Tourist can remain in Costa Rica is based upon their country of origin as follows: 
NO VISA REQUIRED. MAY STAY UP TO 90 DAYS. Those countries designated as No Visa countries may enter Costa Rica without an entry Visa and may remain in Costa Rica for up to 90 days. 
Example: United States, Canada, European Union, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Panama, Russian Federation, Denmark, Finland, Japan.
Please pay attention to this next point - Some people are under the impression that you must carry your passport with you at all times! That's a dangerous thing to do because the last thing you want to do is lose or heaven forbid...have your passport stolen --

Your Passport Entry Stamp: While you are in Costa Rica your passport and the immigration stamp that was placed in it when you entered the country is your proof of legal status. The Immigration Department allows you to carry a copy of your passport with the entry stamp so that you can keep your passport in a safe place.

The Immigration Law breaks down the residency categories available under three subsections. The first one is Permanent Residency (Article 77-78) the second is Temporary Residency (Article 79-86) and the final category is defined as Specialized Categories (Article 93-97). The most common initial classification for all initial applicants will be that of Temporary Residents. As such I will start explaining that category for you.
The majority of application for Costa Rican residency will fall into the Temporary Residency category which is regulated by Article 79 of the Immigration Law and has the following subcategories: 
(1) The Spouse of a Costa Rican citizen as set forth in Article 73 of the law.
(2) Those of religious orders for religions that have been accredited by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Culture
(3) Executives, Managers, Technical Personnel for Corporations which are established in the country. This may also include those specialized workers that are independent workers but whose technical expertise is required and the Department of Immigration as set forth the criteria to allow that specialty to work in Costa Rica.
(4) Investors
(5) Scientific, Professional and Specialized persons.
(6) Sports figures recognized by the National Council on Sports and Recreation
(7) International Press Correspondents
(8) Rentistas
(9) Pensionados 
Within the Temporary Residency category the most common categories that we process are Pensionados, Rentistas and Inversionistas. If you are planning to retire in Costa Rica and you have a lifetime pension or you receive investment income then you may qualify for either PENSIONADO RESIDENCY or RENTISTA RESIDENCY. If you decide to purchase property or invest in Costa Rican then you may qualify for the INVERSIONISTA.

For more info you can check out their website at Costa Rica Law
That's it for today - I'll catch ya later - time for me to change the date of our flight to Ft Lauderdale which was scheduled for 7/31 (my next visa exit date). Now, I have the option to go back to the states only when I decide I want to go! 

Oh Happy Day!!!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

From the Atlantic to the Pacific - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

wall mural @ Playa Jaco

Since our trip to the Caribbean was canceled unexpectedly due to weather, we decided to make a trip to the Pacific Coast instead. Playa Jaco is only about 1 1/2 hours from Grecia and can easily be done as a day trip.

We left at 8:30 am and were home by 5:30.

Two of the couples were celebrating their anniversaries and we could not let them leave Costa Rica without seeing at least one beach!

We walked around a bit in Jaco and then spent several hours relaxing on the beach

We had a very nice lunch at one of my favorite spots, The Green Room.

We stopped in at my friend Craig's shop, Jaco Fine Meats. I bought some smoked bacon and Charles's bought some ribs (cooked and ready to eat) 


Then we loaded ourselves back in the van and headed home.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Our Plans to Attend the Calypso Festival (Update) - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

We love the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica, and we try to get over there as often as we can - which usually turns out to be -- once a year. This year we planned to attend the 5th Annual International Calypso Festival. 
La Terraza Travel put together an exciting 2 day, 2 night package which was to begin this past Saturday. 

We awoke on Saturday morning to a light rain in Grecia, but it had rained very heavily the night before. The weather alerts called it a tropical storm front. At any rate, all 14 of the participants arrived at our pick up point in Grecia, on time - bright and early - at 7:00am.

We enjoy meeting new people and we were looking forward to hanging out with some of the new folks (we had not met at least 6 of the people going). Once we arrived we heard the news about the flooding that had occurred on the Caribbean.
Ruta 32 between San Jose and Limon is closed after heavy rains battered the area on Friday night.
Once we came to terms with the fact that we wouldn't be going anywhere close to the festival that day, we regrouped and made a new plan. Our van transportation was already paid for so we would reschedule the trip. The hotel agreed to honor our reservations and allow us to change our date to 8/4.

With the new trip plans in place, several in the group decided to meet at our house for margaritas in the afternoon and later in the evening have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, La Casa de Miguel. This trip was also a special occasion for Ernest & Elise who were visiting from North Carolina and were married in Costa Rica last year.

They had returned to celebrate their One Year Anniversary!!

Here's a little bit of our day in video


Check traffic congestion before you head to the airport or make a trip to the beach.
There are some stretches on a number of Costa Rican roads that have no cell service which means they are effectively invisible to WAZE traffic updates.

There could be 500 cars sitting perfectly still on the Guapiles Highway in the mountains of Braulio Carrillo and WAZE would show no problem because none of the phones have signal to update WAZE. 
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Our Interview with The Black Expat - Our Life in Costa Rica Yr #3

One of our goals for this site is to motivate and provide information to black people who are considering making a move to a new country -- so we were extremely honored to have been asked to share our journey to Costa Rica in feature interview with The Black Expat!

The Black Expat, is a digital platform that focuses on the experiences of black expatriates/immigrants and international living.

You can Check out our interview here

If you haven't visited their site please jump on over and check them out. They have lots of helpful information as well as videos and interviews with people who have made the move! Enjoy!

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