Start your Residency process with us TODAY and SAVE $300.00!

– Hurry, Offer Ends Feb. 28th. – SAVE 20% off the regular price! Don’t put it off another day, get started now, make your deposit TODAY! Time is running out, OFFER ENDS Feb. 28th. Contact me TODAY to enjoy the benefits of Costa Rica Residency at +506-8373-2085 In Costa Rica or 305-906-6784 from the USA We keep the application process simple. In most cases, all you need to do is to provide us with the key documents and be available to be fingerprinted. We do everything else.   See what category fits you best: Click to see Categories Check out our FAQ page here:  crimmigrationexperts.com/faq/ Check out our BLOG page here: crimmigrationexperts.com/blog/ And here to see our client testimonials:...

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What Are All the Best Options for Residency in Panama?

  Panama stands out among the world’s expat destinations because it offers solid infrastructure and First World amenities. Panama has many different types of immigration visas and residency programs offering permanent residency, and in many cases, full citizenship with a passport. Whether you’re looking for residency in a foreign country to relieve your US tax burden, have an escape hatch in case the worst should happen at home, or if you are looking to make working, living and traveling to/from a foreign country easier, having a second residency is an incredibly beneficial thing to have. Don’t put it off another day! We keep the application process simple. Contact me TODAY to learn about the best options for Residency in Panama at +506-8373-2085 In Costa Rica or 305-906-6784 from the USA Or email me at...

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How to Check Your Costa Rica Immigration Status

Costa Rica’s Immigration ministry offers an online system to verify and check your status of your immigration file. Click here to check your immigration status online, and click here for instructions and an English translation. How to Check Your Costa Rica  Immigration Status. In 2013, Costa Rica’s Immigration ministry has offered an online system for verifying and checking the status of your immigration file. Click here to access the system. The status check system is Spanish only, so here are some translations for your convenience:   PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT include the – in the number. E.g.  if your number is 135-417573 change to 135417573 Here is an explanation of the potential results: SOLICITUD RECIBIDA Your file has been opened and awaiting resolution. What do I do? Wait until the file runs its course. PREVIO A “previo” means that there is a document that is missing to complete the file. What do I do? Contact CRIE so that we can present the requested documentation. RESOLUCION FIRMAS The resolution of your file is awaiting signature. What do I do? Wait 15 working days to check the status of your application. RESOLUCION NOTIFICADA Your immigration file has a resolution, and you have been notified. What do I do? Check with CRIE to make sure the resolution has been received, and we will help you with the required steps to secure the resident card. DOCUMENTO UNICO This indicates that the applicant has received his or her resident card (DIMEX). If you’ve applied for a change of category, already having your resident card, it’s possible that the status check will show this result, until it reverts to “Resolucion Firmas.” What do I do? Please continue to check the status periodically. Note that you should apply for a change of category with enough leeway time to avoid the expiration of your current resident card. Is your residency taking too long? We can do a full investigation on your behalf with the Costa Rica Immigration Department (DGME) and report back to you with the details we find about anything that is slowing down your process and give you your options to fix the problem. Please call 8373-2085 for a price quote. Contact me TODAY to enjoy the benefits of Costa Rica Residency at +506-8373-2085 In Costa Rica or 305-906-6784 from the USA Or email me at info@crimmigrationexperts.com Check out our FAQ page here:  http://www.crimmigrationexperts.com/faq/ And here to see our client testimonials:  http://www.crimmigrationexperts.com/testimonials/   We offer many services so just give us a call at 8373-2085 for a price quote for any...

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United States and Costa Rica Cost of Living Comparison!

The cost of living  is one of the main considerations when contemplating moving to Costa Rica. Did you know, Costa Rica’s cost of living is lower than that of the United States?  Please don’t shoot the messenger!!! If you think the price is wrong you can edit it yourself below. The information below is from the good folks at numbeo.com Numbeo is the world’s largest database about food prices worldwide! Do you live in Costa Rica? We need your help: Add data for Costa Rica  … Indices Difference Consumer Prices Including Rent in United States are 42.35% higher than in Costa Rica Rent Prices in United States are 107.57% higher than in Costa Rica Restaurant Prices in United States are 46.90% higher than in Costa Rica Groceries Prices in United States are 27.42% higher than in Costa Rica Local Purchasing Power in United States is 108.12% higher than in Costa Rica … Costa Rica Cost of Living   Costa Rica   United States       Difference Restaurants [Edit] [Edit] Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.58 $ (3,500.00 ₡)     11.00 $ (5,855.30 ₡)      +67.29 % Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 33.82 $ (18,000.00 ₡)     50.00 $ (26,614.99 ₡)      +47.86 % McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.76 $ (3,600.00 ₡)     6.75 $ (3,593.02 ₡)      -0.19 % Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 2.25 $ (1,200.00 ₡)     3.50 $ (1,863.05 ₡)      +55.25 % Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 3.57 $ (1,900.00 ₡)     5.00 $ (2,661.50 ₡)      +40.08 % Cappuccino (regular) 2.37 $ (1,259.30 ₡)     3.74 $ (1,988.81 ₡)      +57.93 % Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.52 $ (807.97 ₡)     1.65 $ (877.49 ₡)      +8.60 % Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.32 $ (703.97 ₡)     1.34 $ (711.94 ₡)      +1.13 % Markets [Edit] [Edit] Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.23 $ (2,783.24 ₡)     3.76 $ (1,998.83 ₡)      -28.18 % Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.61 $ (857.05 ₡)     2.26 $ (1,204.05 ₡)      +40.49 % Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.94 $ (499.39 ₡)     1.50 $ (796.71 ₡)      +59.54 % Eggs (12) 2.74 $ (1,456.06 ₡)     2.48 $ (1,319.69 ₡)      -9.37 % Local Cheese (1 lb) 2.82 $ (1,499.63 ₡)     4.48 $ (2,384.76 ₡)      +59.02 % Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.17 $ (1,688.74 ₡)     3.83 $ (2,038.80 ₡)      +20.73 % Apples (1 lb) 1.82 $ (969.84 ₡)     1.84 $ (981.79 ₡)      +1.23 % Oranges (1 lb) 1.11 $ (591.50 ₡)     1.82 $ (966.95 ₡)      +63.47 % Tomato (1 lb) 0.94 $ (498.65 ₡)     1.79 $ (952.40 ₡)      +91.00 % Potato (1 lb) 0.81 $ (433.16 ₡)     1.18 $ (630.34 ₡)      +45.52 % Lettuce (1 head) 0.84 $ (446.05 ₡)     1.58 $ (839.70 ₡)      +88.25 % Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.42 $ (1,288.10 ₡)     1.76 $ (936.56 ₡)      -27.29 % Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.27 $ (6,000.00 ₡)     12.00 $ (6,387.60 ₡)      +6.46 % Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 1.93 $ (1,027.59 ₡)     1.76 $ (936.92 ₡)      -8.82 % Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 2.74 $ (1,461.14 ₡)     2.37 $ (1,259.76 ₡)      -13.78 % Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 3.19 $ (1,700.00 ₡)     6.15 $ (3,273.64 ₡)      +92.57 % Transportation [Edit] [Edit] One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.75 $ (400.00 ₡)     2.00 $ (1,064.60 ₡)      +166.15 % Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 56.36 $ (30,000.00 ₡)     64.00 $...

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Start your Residency process with us TODAY and SAVE $200.00!

End Of Costa Rica Summer Sale. Start your Costa Rica Residency process with us today and SAVE $200.00! – Offer Ends SOON –   SAVE $200.00 or more!   Make your deposit TODAY to get started. Time is running out, OFFER ENDS April 30th. Don’t put it off another day! Contact me TODAY to enjoy the benefits of Costa Rica Residency at +506-8373-2085 In Costa Rica or 305-906-6784 from the USA Or email me at info@CRImmigrationExperts.com We keep the application process simple. In most cases, all you need to do is to provide us with the key documents and be available to be fingerprinted. We do everything...

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Getting Your Documents From Canada

A bit of background — I’m a Canadian with an approved residency application, which wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Johanna of Costa Rica Immigration Experts. It turns out my file was buried deep in the catacombs gathering cobwebs. Just asking about the status of my file did nothing to change its fate. CRIE was able to get immigration to dig the file out of its bureaucratic grave and see the light. So last month, I headed back to Vancouver to get a new birth certificate and police record check, this time for my upcoming citizenship application. The requirements are basically the same as an immigration application. The birth certificate wasn’t required, as TSE (the agency that handles naturalization application) can pull the info from immigration. But the criminal record check has to be recent (within the last 3 months) so I went ahead with both documents. Canada is not a party to the Apostille Convention, which means all official documents issued in Canada must be legalized by the embassy of Costa Rica in Canada prior to use in Costa Rica. When I applied for residency back in 2012, things were a bit simpler, but recently you have no choice but to get Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) involved in the process. Let’s run through the steps to get your Canadian birth certificate and criminal record check for Costa Rican residency or citizenship. This is valid and current as of this writing, in April 2015. Please refer to original source documents which I will link to within this article. I am not a lawyer so please do your own homework. Step 1. Get Birth Certificate First things first, no, your original birth certificate will not work. Costa Rica expects you to provide a birth certificate issued within the last 6 months. Also, Foreign Affairs authenticates signatures of current officials (such as the presiding Registrar General who signs your birth certificate). Ordering a birth certificate is different depending on the province you were born in. In my case, I was born in Québec, so it was a simple application through the Directeur de l’état civil. Be sure to order the long-form with the names of the father and the mother on it. Step 2. Get Criminal Record Check Get a criminal record check from the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa. You can get another type...

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