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May 29, 2014 at 2:52 am in reply to: What documents are required for permanent residency #161086
[quote=”Imxploring”][quote=”waggoner41″]I am about to renew my residency after 6 1/2 years as residente temporal.
What documents will I be required to present to Migracion to make the move?[/quote]
Hey Les…. I think part of it depends on the temporary status you’ve been using. Some of the rules have also changed since you originally applied. Besides the basic stuff required for anyone applying for permanent status I believe there are some requirements that differ between the three temporary residency options. There are two or three good threads over on ARCR detailing the steps and missteps some folks have taken while converting. Check them out. And as always the experiences and requirements that each person faced sometimes differed from one office or reviewer to the next. Best of luck.[/quote]
The status I have been using is as a pensionado but it seemed to make little difference.
Remarkably easy to do at Migracion in Uruca.
Told the guard I wanted to renew and went to the head of the line as an anciano.
The first thing I did was present my request for a change to Residente Permanente and she sent me to the platforma.
The guard at the platforma sent me to window #10 (Ancianos).
I presented my Cedula and my request, he looked me up in the system and gave me a note to BCR that I owed $200. Paid the $200 and returned with the receipt. I was then given an expediente noting that I had filled all requirements and told to return in three months to see if they had my Cedula permanente.
[b]Now we’ll see how long it takes to get the residency card (Cedula).[/b]
Having lived in California one of the items on my check list was quakes. on the Pacific Rim I’d rather live where there are swarms of smaller quakes rather than wait for a big one.
[quote=”NYnan”]We have sold our house in New York State and are renting until we leave the country this fall. Then we will have no address in New York, although I’m sure New York State will still consider us residents for tax purposes, and we will still have one child in a state college. Suggestions about what we should do about a U.S. address? Should we use one of our kids’ addresses, or other relative?
Thanks for any thoughts on this, as I’m sure others have figured out what works.
We sold our home in California in 2007 and still maintain our last address as our U.S. address.
All mail, including bills, have been changed to our new address in Costa Rica
I’m hoping the best for Costa Rica’s new president, but perhaps someone will show him this article. Hopefully soon before more companies decide to move.[/quote]
He should look at the methods that the new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has used.May 7, 2014 at 4:38 am in reply to: Meet the Chinese tycoon behind Nicaragua’s grand canal ambitions #201108
[quote=”Scott]The environmental concerns of building an interoceanic canal are surely enormous, don’t you think?
When you have no concern about environmental issues building a canal like this is no great problem.
[quote=”Scott”]Sure! I pay my CAJA payments online every month – I should thank you for reminding me…[/quote]
The next question would be – Is it necessary to have a Costa Rican bank account to make on-line payments?
Having been totally satisfied with arrangements with our U.S. bank we have never opened an account in Costa Rica.
It has been my personal experience that doing the right thing is NEVER good for your bank account but I normally sleep well…
Setting up this web site was the right thing to do and I am sure that the work you have put into it has provided you with a decent income over the years. Selling it is really the icing on the cake.
Selling it to someone who appreciates the value of what you have created and keeps it going is important to all of us, not just you.
The value of this site is not only yours it has also been a great value to many of the members.
WeLoveCostaRica.com played a great part in our decision to move to Costa Rica. Many of my concerns in moving to a nation with a much different culture were allayed through the responses from other members. My experiences here have also given me the pleasure of responding to the concerns of others considering moving here.
I, for one, would hate to see it change I in any way.April 5, 2014 at 6:49 pm in reply to: IRS FATCA Making Banking Abroad For U.S. Citizens EXTREMELY Difficult #161271
Mark’s response to Scott’s original post is absolutely correct.
A little common sense would tell you that any legitimate retirement funds, i.e., IRA, SS income, retirement income, 401k, etc. is easily deposited in a U.S. bank and withdrawn at the local ATM’s relieves all law abiding citizens of any problem.
Those who have a problem are the ones who are trying to hide income from the IRS in order to avoid paying legitimate taxes.April 5, 2014 at 4:41 am in reply to: Intel To Close All Chip Manufacturing in Costa Rica #161285
I don’t think I’m ready to emulate Chicken Little yet.
Corporations do what corporations do. Their only goal is to make the best profit that they can.
If you want to talk about corrupt bankers, politicians and corporations the good old USA is a better target.April 5, 2014 at 4:34 am in reply to: IRS FATCA Making Banking Abroad For U.S. Citizens EXTREMELY Difficult #161269
Our funds have been deposited in a U.S. bank since before we arrived in Costa Rica. It is the same bank we used for many years before we made the move.
You don’t quit using a bank that is voted #1 in the U.S. by American depositors.
We always draw our funds through the local banks with our debit card in colones and never pay anything with dollars.
Never had a problem.March 27, 2014 at 6:47 pm in reply to: These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities #157751
[quote=”sweikert925″] Sounds to me like someone should consider that as a business opportunity to open a LoJack franchise.[/quote]
Apparently there is already a [url=http://www.trackit.co.cr/]franchise[/url].March 27, 2014 at 12:00 am in reply to: These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Small Cities #157750
Scott, Look at this information: [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_the_United_States#Crime_over_time]Crime in the United States – Crime Over Time[/url]
It should tell you what you want to know.
[quote=”pixframe”] These increases have been expected when the U.S. dollar began to show strength in February.[/quote]
Since the gasoline that Costa Rica imports is valued in dollars did you expect anything different?
When you think about it the rise in fuel prices affects the Ticos much more than it does expats.
While we exchange our dollars at the higher rates we are getting our fuel at basically the same cost. The Ticos, however, are paying the higher prices with the same income as before.
[quote=”Imxploring”] My feeling is we’ll see more locals (as was David’s experience) wanting dollars as payment instead of colones. As is often the case… the actual cost using dollars is higher thereby nullifying the gain you might think the shift provides you.[/quote]
Since we have paid everything in colones since we arrived in Costa Rica I don’t have a problem.
I have never had any local or business ask for payment in dollars even when the exchange rate was 596.
[quote=”Imxploring”]“Violent variations in the exchange rate leads to sharp movements in prices, costs, and income, increasing the degree of uncertainty about these and other variables, which is detrimental to the wellbeing of Costa Rican society.”
Seems they believe a rising dollar will have an impact on prices (inflation). In many cases prices are “sticky”… that being when they rise because of some short term localized event they tend to be quite slow to retreat… if they do so at all!
What makes CR unique and perhaps more vulnerable to this problem is the parallel use in daily (right down to that local mom and pop soda) commerce of their own currency as well as the dollar.[/quote]
Referring to the link I provided earlier
[url=http://insidecostarica.com/2013/10/08/central-bank-raises-exchange-rate-ceiling-dollars-%C2%A2800/]Central bank raises exchange rate ceiling for dollars to ¢800[/url]
“Those holding or earning dollars, however, shouldn’t get excited. Experts said the move is simply to reassure certain sectors in the economy, such as exporters, and wouldn’t affect the actual exchange rate.
The dollar has remained near the bottom band of ¢500 all year.
Experts said that the consensus is that the colon should always gradually weaken against stronger currencies such as the dollar. As a result, experts said, there shouldn’t be the need for an upper band at all.
Exporters and other sectors become more profitable – and their goods more attractive on world markets – when the dollar’s purchasing power relative to the colon increases, effectively making their products cheaper in export markets.
Experts said that the Central Bank’s movement of the upper band is simply to reassure such sectors that there is plenty of room for long-term – and gradual – devaluation of the colon.”
I see uit as making my purchasing power greater.