A lot has happened in the last month and a half!
Rick and I went back to
So, first – our Residency!
It all started last year when we decided to live in
We collected our documents (birth certificates, marriage certificate, and police reports), got them notarized, certified by the secretary of state, and consularized. This involved a few mini-adventures. I had a certified birth certificate because of work, so I thought I was ahead of the game – turned out that it was too old (the secretary of state couldn't certify that it was valid - after 20 years...). Since we found this out while in
Next, we arranged for a wire transfer from our bank here to what would be our new bank in
Then, another trip to
The important thing for us was to get everything to immigration before August 12, 2006 – that was the date that the immigration law was to change. Missing that means doubling the money in the Costa Rican bank.
We were told the Interpol report could take 4-6 weeks. As it turned out, our request for residency got into immigration by the end of June – plenty of time!
In September, ARCR told us they needed to send the documents to the consulate in the
By mid-October, we were notified that our residency was approved! Now we need to make sure we maintain the residency. This means that in each residency year, we have to be able to show that we were in the country for 122 days or more, and that we converted the prescribed number of dollars to colones. The bank will produce a report we can use, and our passport stamps will show our time-in-country. We are also advised to keep our tickets/boarding passes as backup documentation.
Next! Make sure we spend enough time in
Now we need to pick up the Cédulas. In November, we send a check for the rest of the fee to ARCR, and they get an appointment for us with immigration in February 2007.
Next entry - The Cédulas appointment.