The freelancer visa is called the Rentista, allowing foreigners to stay for up to 2-years, with the ability to extend it. This visa allows self-employed people or entrepreneurs to work in Costa Rica.
The rentista residency category is available to people who have an income of at least $2,500 per month (or $30,000 USD per year). There are two options to qualify for this residency.
- Set up a trust or account in your home country with $60,000. The $60,000 would cover a family unit, meaning spouses and children. The bank or financial institution you use abroad would need to provide a letter stating that you have the money and that $2,500 will be deposited, monthly for 24 months, in a Costa Rican account upon the approval of residency.
- Set up a trust or account in a Costa Rican bank with $60,000. The exact same rules as option 1 would apply. In this case, however, you would need to open a second Costa Rican account where the $2,500 will go every month upon approval of residency.
The language on the letter needs to be exactly as requested by Immigration. Upon engaging our services.
How to Apply
Applying for the Rentista visa on your own through Costa Rica’s Migracion Website is possible, but not recommended. It’s better to hire an immigration lawyer to help you.
Keep in mind, documents from abroad must be issued within six months of filing the application for residency, and be translated into Spanish.
- National Background Check.
- Birth Certificate.
- Marriage Certificate. If applicable.
Preparation of the following documents required for filing the application for temporary residency as a rentista is included in the quoted cost of our service.
- Verification of the Main Requirement – Bank Letter or Income Verification. A letter from your bank will be required to demonstrate that you have:
- a. An account with $60,000 USD;
- b. From which you receive $2,500 USD per month;
- c. For a period of 24 months.The language of the letter must be exactly as the Immigration Department demands it.
- Application Form.
- Cover Letter.
- Certified Copy of the passport.
- Consular Registration.
- Six passport-size photographs.
- Government Fees.
The visa application fee is $250.