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  1. I know this is not the place to put this, but I posted it in the support forum and no one has viewed it. Sorry to hijack a thread, but...... Help! For the last 1-2 weeks, the display settings on the forums are messed up for me when I log into the forums on a PC. Everything is very large and I have to scroll right and left to read a single post. The problem persists on different PCs. It is not affecting any other website navigation. It must be a setting in my preferences. I have searched the Help files and there is supposed to be a place to manage settings related to how the board is displayed in the 'My Control Panel' section. This function cannot be found. Any suggestions?
  2. I sent a Fedex package to the attorney's office on 7/23/2013 that was received on 7/26/2013 for $33.75.
  3. I am not sure you will be able to change the funding source after the initial application. While it may be possible, it definitely adds a level of complexity that could create additional frustration. Nothing in this process is as easy as it seems, however, if you take a methodical approach and use the experiences of others (greatest value of the ARCR forums), you will get through the process. You mentioned presenting the documents to immigrations "yourselves". If you are working with a qualified attorney, you will not need to meet with immigration until your final appointment.
  4. These transactions are done via wire transfer. While both options suggested by Paul and Dana are more cost effective for moving money from a US account to the CR, it would not be acceptable to immigration for the rentista deposits. Both the check and ATM method are dependent upon the account owner taking action to transfer the funds. The agreement that my bank proposed/agreed to put them, not me, in control of sending the funds.
  5. The funds are sent monthly from the US bank to a CR account.
  6. Ha, the details........ (sheepish grin), yes, I was talking about SJO....Oooops
  7. Great thread and great contributions from all! Patience is something that now comes easier for me in Costa Rica. Right now, I'm in the US in my office multi-tasking. Three monitors, phone calls and constant text messages are constantly calling for my attention. My mind darts from one thing to the next as I try to check things off the list. I realized in my first extended stay in CR, that I needed to slow down. Now, I have a "one goal for the day" attitude when I'm in CR. Often times, I'm not able to accomplish that one goal and I start again the next day. Because of this attitude shift, I'm able to enjoy life more. I spend more time hanging out with the family, going for walks, sitting with the neighbors, visiting shops, etc... When the "frustrating" experiences of life in CR occur, I'm able to smile. I've reached the point that I expect the experience to be different from my normal US lifestyle and its invigorating. ...............now, if I could just find a way to live in a similar manner when I'm in the US. ahhhhhhhh.....
  8. There was a Kolbi location in the airport in the middle of September. I did not get a SIM card this time, but I purchased a SIM from Kolbi in the same location two years ago.
  9. earth21 moment, you will not get the apostille from vitalcheck.com. After you receive the birth certificate, you will submit it to the originating state to be apostilled. I submitted the birth certificates to four different states and they were all returned in 5-15 calendar days.
  10. My bank in the US signed a document that was deemed acceptable by CR immigration. If you have a solid banking relationship with a local or small regional bank in the US, it's possible to get it done.
  11. We have been living in the United States during the process of applying for residency. Last week, my wife and I took our 20th anniversary trip to Costa Rica and signed up for CAJA during the trip. When I arrived in San Jose, I had a meeting with our attorney. I'm glad that I did. We had never received our resolucion papers and it was needed to get the CAJA. In the resolucion papers, we had deposits/fees that needed to be paid at the Bank of Costa Rica. The amounts and the corresponding BCR account for each individual was written in each resolucion. Each member of the family over the age of 18 (Me, my wife and oldest daughter) had to pay 167,748 colones as a deposit to one account and we also had to $98 and $25 to another account. For the children under the age of 18, the $25 payment was not necessary. We went to the CAJA office in Turrialba. A Tico friend that lived in the US for 15 years went with me. I knew that our income would be based on the $2,500.00/month transfer to a Costa Rican bank account as required for rentista residency. My hope was that the amount would be reduced from a base amount based on expenses. The process was basic and there was no room for negotiation. The individual told us that in the past, the amount could be changed based on expenses, but they were told the amount for rentistas was a set %. The final amount came to 122,000 colones ($227.00 at current exchange rate), which is 9.1% of the rentista income requirement. This amount was based solely on my application. I had documentation for each of the family members and I was told that there information was not necessary. I was hoping for a lower amount, however, I am comfortable that in my situation, there was not an option to lower the amount. I do feel better that my tico friend was with me and was able to ask in 30 different ways if it was possible to lower the amount. She even checked with other individuals in the office. Some may be able to get a lower CAJA payment for rentistas, but it is unlikely that it will happen in the Turrialba office. Our next step is to setup our appointment with immigration. This is a little tricky for us. Our children have school commitments and we have a limited window open for a week during the Thanksgiving break. Our attorney stated that there is very little flexibility in scheduling the date. As of last week, appointments were being scheduled for 3 weeks in the future. He asked that I send him a weekly e-mail reminding him of the date/s that we are requesting. He normally schedules an immigration appointment every day, so he thinks he will be able to meet our request. Hopefully, we will have cedulas in hand in November. Fingers crossed! Overall, I have been very pleased working with ARCR and our attorney located in the same building. The information that I have received from others on this board have been extremely helpful. While every situation is different and CR officials have treated similar situations differently, I have felt prepared during the entire process. Thanks to each of you that have provided input along the way.
  12. Who is your attorney? One day after my status was updated to "RESOLUCIÓN NOTIFICADA", I received my official Residency Approvals from ARCR.
  13. Congratulations Terry! After we reached this step, I contact ARCR and my attorney. If ARCR helped you in the process, they will send your official residency resolution documents to you via e-mail. According to ARCR, our next steps are: 1. Make the payments for cedulas (about $105 each) and government deposits ($330 each). 2. Join the CCSS (caja), make the initial payment, and get clinic cards for each family member 3. Request a meeting with immigration.
  14. Rentista Application Processing times Joani (22 months) Expediente # - March, 2010 Approval - January, 2012 SumItUp (8 months) Expediente # - October, 2013 Approval - June, 2014 Redbeard (10 months) Expediente # - August, 2013 Approval - June, 2014

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