5 Reasons Why Laura Gutierrez Will Get Your Costa Rica Residency Approved Quicker And More Efficiently Than Any Attorney!

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For perspective, let’s briefly draw a picture of Costa Rica’s only Residency processing center. No satellite offices in the boonies that actually do the processing.

The Residency Center is understaffed and overcrowded.

This is code for, “ensure your paperwork is perfect the first time,” or you’ll get to repeatedly endure the hospitality of a frustrated staff member who starts to learn that you’re the person who doesn’t try to help them. This makes residency in Costa Rica a very frustrating idea.

They’re likely to return the favor.

There is no express line — you’ll be in the same long line as everyone seeking to become residents, or struggling to do so.

You don’t really want to be in that line.

Residency work is done in person; emails, phone calls, and letters cannot further your cause. Connect with Laura and get it all done correctly the first time.

Decision time:

It’s possible by now you have scoured the INTERNET or visited a private law firm looking for answers. Perhaps you have been referred by other ex-pats or scared off by their horror stories of fouled up applications. Set it all aside.

Through close affiliations, Laura has met many of Costa Rica’s best legal minds. The majority of these barristers are hard working, competent, ethical and brilliant, yet none will ever take residency work.

Why? The effort requires a work-to-income ratio much lower in comparison to other work they do, such as litigation, divorce, real estate, and contracts.

The attorneys in Costa Rica that do take residency cases tend to charge higher fees than other specialists. Some produce good results, but most do not. While other specialists promote their services, all too often Laura has had to “clean up” their poorly managed cases. This is why we automatically recommend Laura every time for meeting your Costa Rica residency requirements.


Costa Rica Residency – The Laura B. Gutiérrez Difference.


    1. Proficiency.

      It’s difficult to delegate tasks in Costa Rica and expect reliable execution in a timely fashion. So Laura tends to all details personally, including the sending and receiving of documents. She knows your expectations are high when dealing with Costa Rica Residency. This is one of your most important life decisions. She also stays up to date on all current laws, which can change on a dime with little notice of fanfare.

      Laura has learned laws relevant to becoming a Resident in Costa Rica from embassy experience and focused study. In one of her first cases, two ex-pat friends were close to deportation and desperate. Their cases had been thoroughly fouled up by no less than five different attorneys, (costing them $10,000 and seven years). Even though Laura is not an attorney, in less than eight months, Laura got them their residency cards.

    1. Thoroughness:

      Laura diligently prepares for all initial application submissions. She guides her clients through documentation efficiently so it’s done right the first time and you’re likely to spend a maximum of only a half a day in San Jose between Immigration and the Fingerprinting Center. Laura will even help you schedule your flights from afar for perfect timing to your pre-appointment duties in Costa Rica (banking etc.) and then the main event at the Residency center.

      Ultimately, the ability to have all documentation prepared properly, have your banking in order, to be able to work through the process in person, and to navigate in proficient English and Spanish are absolutely critical.

    2. Professionalism:

      Laura shows the Residency staff respect with her pleasant, articulate and professional communications. Above all, she brings them neat, complete, and correct documentation. The appreciative Residency staff responds in kind with smiles and a noticeable willingness to accommodate Laura and her clients, especially when flexibility is called for, as is so often the case.

      After formally perfecting her English in Canada to university level proficiency, Laura undertook police services training and graduated at the top of her class. She especially enjoyed investigation techniques and was encouraged to join the RCMP (Canada’s FBI). Personal circumstances brought her back to Costa Rica where she worked in her related field at the American Embassy for two years.

      She was exposed to a very wide range of duties that required professional discipline and a lot of “in-the-trenches” adaptability. All of that serves her and her clients very well in preparing, submitting and expediting Costa Rica Residency Card applications.

    3. Empathy:

      Many years ago, Laura and her infant daughter endured a six-year ordeal in Canada with becoming a Resident. She’s been through it all: repetitious document chases, highly intrusive interviews, condescending attorneys, impatient staff and interminable uncertainty. In the end, it was a relentless non-attorney specialist who finally advanced Laura’s case across the finish line to full citizenship. He’s still one of the best in Canada.

    1. Proximity:

      Laura lives in San Jose in close proximity to the Residency office. Clients from distant communities hold a significant advantage by working with a representative that is close to the Residency office. Nothing compares to the effectiveness of face-to-face interaction with staff. Clients only need to take one trip into San Jose for the initial submission of the application with Laura.

      For you, the splendor of Costa Rica lies just beyond the Residency line as does the status of permanently happy rather than permanently frustrated.

Laura B. Gutiérrez will get you there.


Costa Rica Residency – A Few Of Laura’s Satisfied Customers!



“Laura is a brilliant angel.”


“After 5 lawyers, $10,000 and 7 years of hell, my partner and I were still nowhere near a residency card but very near deportation and in panic. That is when we turned to Laura in desperation. She took over our cases, sorted through the huge mess and 6 months later, it all ended in tears… of joy! Laura is a brilliant angel.” Jeff Dawson.



“She was so awesome. She made the whole process quick and painless.”


“I would like to thank you for posting information about Laura Gutierrez on welovecostarica.com. I found her there, I contracted with her and I recently went through the residency process with her. She was so awesome. She made the whole process quick and painless. In less than three hours I had my “number”. Now I do not have to leave the country every 90 days. Thank you for sharing Laura with me.” Monica Arredondo



“I consider Laura a friend and protector.”


“Our case was already very complicated before we met with Laura. We were to the point of no longer trusting anyone to get this application completed properly. But in record time, Laura finally got our residency cards ending a seven-year nightmare! When it came time for renewal, as can sometimes happen, things got complicated again due to demands by Immigration. Once again, Laura straightened things out with her expert negotiating skills and professional manner. I consider Laura a friend and protector. I would never allow anyone else near our dealings with the Residency office as we still have two more renewals to go.” Helen Rivers-Moore in Perez Zeledon.



“What a classy professional!”


“With mobility issues, I was very stressed out about getting into this process. Laura’s patient and precise instruction made it downright easy for me to get all the necessary documentation. No do-overs. She prepared thoroughly prior to my application submission and we got everything done including fingerprinting in record time! She personally looked after me the whole time making sure I was as comfortable as possible during my one trip to San Jose. I also noticed how cooperative the staff at Immigration was with Laura while I watched from close proximity. What a classy professional!” James Stewart in Arenal.



“Our registration went smooth as silk.”


“Being nervous about preparing my process from New York, I vetted Laura very carefully. I was even warned by friends familiar with the process that she was being too optimistic about things. Laura’s response? “Just watch me.” She was amazing. Our registration went smooth as silk. She even got our marriage certificate properly registered after the lawyer who got us married here in CR dropped the ball. My cautious friends are astounded. We just love her!” Timothy & Maria Lafferty in New York/Puerto Cortez.



“What a pro!”


“Bill and I were in the home stretch in this process when we discovered that out lawyer had forgotten an important notice from Costa Rican Officials. We were in danger of having to start all over. Laura agreed to take over our case with very tight time constraints. One week later, we took this picture with Laura outside Immigration with residency cards in hand. She handled the whole panicky situation with calm and charm. What a pro!” Kathy and William in San Isidro.



“She’s the best!”


“Typical of many ex-pats, I was rather cynical about what might happen once I hire someone to handle my Costa Rican Residency Card application. Then Laura came highly recommended to me from an Arenal neighbor and client of Laura’s. I reasoned that if this very hard to please individual was impressed with Laura, how could I go wrong? Well I can tell you that it’s been a long while since I have received such outstanding service from any other professional, either here or in the U.S. Laura always let me know where things stood and I could tell she was pushing things along with a very consistent effort. In spite of an overloaded and chaotic Residency system, Laura was successful in getting m Residency Card (cedula) in 7 months. I highly recommend her to my fellow ex-pats. She’s the best!” Micaela Grantham in Arenal.



“We so enjoyed her warm company.”


“We needed to coordinate our Costa Rica Residency Card application long distance from our home in Washington State. Worries about who we were going to hire under these circumstance were laid to rest when a highly credible source recommended Laura. Laura began by assisting us with getting a bank account prior to us having residency, which apparently is very difficult to do. She showed an unusual care and concern for our case — like it was her own family. She also kept us right up to date during the whole process and helped us co-ordinate our flight itineraries to best advantage. She even provided us with a lot of other very important and useful information about how to go about our business here in Costa Rica. We so enjoyed her warm company.” Donald & Julie Schneider and family, Washington State/Dominical, Costa Rica.


“We were so fortunate to hear of Laura Gutiérrez through ‘We Love Costa Rica’.

We anticipated real nightmares as we were trying to co-ordinate everything from the Middle East, where I was working, and had been told by several people that we would be lucky to get our residence cards in under a year.

Laura’s attention to detail was impressive, and when problems arose they were dealt with quickly and efficiently.

When the time came to file our application Laura checked all our paperwork through the night before to ensure that everything was in order and then charmed her way through the officialdom the next morning resulting in our lodging all the paperwork and having our fingerprints taken on the opposite side of town in under 4 hours.

Four months and a week later Laura emailed us to say that our application had been approved and our residence cards were ready for collection. It doesn’t get better than this!” John & Jan Rundall from Bahrain.

Costa Rica Residency Requirements 2017

If you’re asking yourself “How do I become a permanent resident in Costa Rica?” This is the place for you, Laura Gutierrez has helped hundreds of ex pats become residents in Costa Rica.


Written by Scott Oliver, author of 1: How To Buy Costa Rica Real Estate Without Losing Your Camisa, 2: Costa Rica’s Guide To Making Money Offshore and 3. ¿Cómo Comprar Bienes Raíces en Costa Rica, Sin Perder Su Camisa?

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14 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why Laura Gutierrez Will Get Your Costa Rica Residency Approved Quicker And More Efficiently Than Any Attorney!

  • Jackie Van deventerFebruary 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    I sent you an email a little bit ago , I did not fill in the phone number because we donot have a phone,
    Thank you Jackie van deventer

    • mikeplambeckFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Hi Jackie, are you trying to contact Laura about immigration services? You can fill out the contact form on the bottom of this page and it will go straight to Laura.

  • Jaquetta WybleFebruary 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    We plan on moving to Costa Rica end by end of 2017 when should we start the process or residency?

    • mikeplambeckFebruary 17, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Jackie, I’m reaching out to you via email and going to include Laura in the email as well. She will then contact you and be able to help you out!

  • cathyFebruary 16, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Laura –
    I saw your ad and was very impressed. I live in California and thought I would ask you who you would recommend
    highly to list and sell a very large property/land/farm in Costa Rica? Please do not forward my info to any agents.
    My seller is interested in finding out from a local resident who they would recommend and I picked you. We are finding
    real estate agents do not followup, call us back, etc., who would you recommend?

    Thanks, Laura I probably will be coming to Costa Rica someday soon. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

  • MSFebruary 17, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Is there any phone number to contact Laura B Gutierrez?

    • mikeplambeckFebruary 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      There is a contact form on this page, towards the bottom, if you fill it out that form will go directly to Laura and she can help you with whatever you need! Also I’ve emailed Laura and included you in the email as well! thanks

    • mikeplambeckFebruary 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      There is a contact form on this page, toward the bottom. If you fill it out it goes directly to Laura! I tried emailing you but it didn’t go through.

  • Jackie Van deventerFebruary 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Laura,
    I have emailed you before but maybe it didn’t get to you,
    I have some questions about getting residency ,
    I only have email as way of communication ,
    My husband and I live in Costa ballena , down by Dominican and Uvita ,
    We live here full,time but check out of Costa Rica every 90 days ,
    I look forward to hearing From you,
    Thanks so much

    • mikeplambeckFebruary 27, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      I will email her and ask her to contact you as soon as possible.


  • Maxine de VillefrancheMarch 4, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Hello Laura: I’ve used your services before to help me close out my application for temporary residency. I want to apply for permanent residency as my 3 years of temporary residency is coming up. Can you help with obtaining my permanent residency and how much do you charge for this service? Thank you. Maxine de Villefranche

    • WalkiriaMGMarch 5, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hello Maxine, thank you for your comment, We just send your messages to Laura, She will be in contact with you as soon as she can.
      Thanks and have a good day.

  • alan kindMarch 17, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    I would speak to laura gutierrez can I get a good phone # mine is 95407083893 my name is alan kind I’m in fla

    • mikeplambeckMarch 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Hi, if you fill out the brief contact form on this page Alan, Laura will contact you right away!


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