Costa Rica

Investor Visa Program

In exchange for a modest investment of US$100,000 in real estate, forestry projects, or a local (new or existing) business, applicants are eligible for a residence permit in Costa Rica. 

The residence status can become permanent after three years, as long as the applicant has been physically present in the country for at least 180 days a year during the preceding three years.

After seven years of continuous residency, the investor is eligible for citizenship in Costa Rica, though mastery of Spanish and knowledge of the country’s history and culture are required.

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Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenship7 years
Time to permanent residency3 years
Minimum investmentUS$100,000
Physical presence requirementNone at temporary stage, 180 days a year to obtain permanent residency
Application processing time9 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to149 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableProperty Investment, Business Investment, Special Projects Investment

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