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Immigrating to Costa Rica? Here's What You Need to Know and Prepare

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Posted: January 15, 2021

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Planning to immigrate to Costa Rica?
Let’s start this article with an underrated fact:
Costa Rica is such a beautiful country. As many ex-pats can prove, this Central American nation offers its residents a glorious lifestyle without them having to spend a lot. San Jose is its modern capital city that is an attraction on its own. The country also boasts a reliable utility service with clean and potable water. Besides, Costa Rica is a leader in scenic locations, from emerald rainforests, deserted sandy beaches to quaint and humble villages to turquoise lake spots.
These are just some of the few justifications why many Canadians move to this tropical gem. The trend has become more popular among locals, and the reasons are apparent. Some of which are the following:

  • The country’s level of democracy and political stability
  • History of welcoming retirees and ex-pats
  • Eco-tourism industry
  • Beach destinations
  • Absence of a language barrier
  • Low crime rate
  • Educational programs
  • Impeccable health care system
  • Tax advantages
  • Low cost of living

The list can go on and on. If you are to dig deeper into what Costa Rica offers, it’s not a surprise that you’ll find more tempting reasons to immigrate there.
Documents to Prepare for Immigration Purposes

As you may expect, moving from Canada to Costa Rica involves various steps that you have to complete legally and properly. Take note of the files and documents that you have to prepare should you finally decide to have that first step to becoming a legal Costa Rican resident.
Some of these documents are listed below:

  • Copy of passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of pension
  • Criminal record check
  • Proof of address
  • Bank statement
  • Educational documents
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce certificate

The Apostille for Costa Rica

In March 2011, Costa Rica became a member of The Hague Convention on the Apostille. This group recognizes and acknowledges the purpose and effectiveness of a public document issued in any signatory country.

Canada is still not part of the convention. However, we have the authentication and legalization processes equivalent to the apostille. This includes a three-step process:
1) Preparing the documents required.
2) Authenticating the documents from The Ministry of Global Affairs.
3) Legalizing the documents from The Embassy of Costa Rica.
After these steps are done, the documents are ready to be used in Costa Rica.
Globeia Is Your Trusted Partner
With all of the necessary documents and processes, it may be quite challenging to complete all steps, not to mention the amount of time and money you’ll spend. A friendly piece of advice is to seek professional help from a reliable company such as Globeia.
Our team is comprised of highly able and talented individuals who can expedite the authentication service from The Ministry of Global Affairs. Of course, there are fees involved, but given that you won’t be experiencing any hassle and will be getting a guaranteed service, you can end up saving.

Sometimes, immigration applicants try to do the processes themselves. But often, errors happen during the application. In such cases, the embassy won’t complete the entire process, and then these individuals will have to do everything starting from scratch again.
But with Globeia, you can definitely save time and money. Should you want to request a consultation or inquire about our services, please contact us through the following:

Address: 1185 Victoria Park Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario M4B 2K5
Phone: 416-288-8070

We are facing a dilemma that affects communities across the globe. Globeia is aware of the COVID-19 situation and the problems arising from it. Because of this, we are more than committed to providing only first-rate services that save you time, effort, and money. Hopefully, we help you fight the current crisis to strongly and resiliently rise above it through our services. We are with you every step of the way.


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