Keeping You In Stitches

Gulp! Big Gulp! It’s almost completed……

Posted on: February 27, 2012

We spent last week frantically getting things completed to complete our residency requirements for Costa Rica.

Today, Mark went to the bank and paid the taxes and fees; 1) which is money we “give or loan” (my words) to the government in case they decide to deport us.  I’m sure this will apply more to Mark than it will to me. Supposedly, this money is in a bank account and is used to pay airfare out of Costa Rica.  Don’t quote me on this, but I think if you’ve been here 5 – 7 years, you can ask for the money back.  We don’t know of anyone doing this successfully. 2) We have to convert $1,000/mo into colones; not a big deal since we have a dollar account and a colones account.

Tomorrow afternoon we will go to the Costa Rican Social Security office in Atenas and sign me up for CAJA, their government insurance.  Mark signed up last Thursday but I have to sign up as a dependent at another office, go figure!

Then tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be calling Monika, our residency attorney, to get our newly developed paperwork to her; she’ll make sure everything is in order and then on Friday she’ll request an appointment, I think for Monday or Tuesday for us to be present, or resolved (as they say here) and then we’ll have a picture taken for our Cedula’s.  This little card will show that we’re eligible for the CAJA and not have to make a 90 day border runs.  WOO-HOO!  We didn’t have to make any border runs because Monika got our paperwork in line before the first 90 days we were here.

When we look back at how quickly things happened, and what has  gotten done here in Costa Rica, it’s unbelievable!  The big reason that we were able to do all this was because the house in the U.S. sold so quickly.  My neck still hurts from the whip-lash!

I’m thinking we should have a “We’ve been resolved party”…..what do you think?

Pura Vida!


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