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    Tica traveling to the U.S.A.

    Wow, thanks for all of the help with this topic! It seems like BCR does not charge fees for international use. I will recommend she speak to the bank about using her debit or credit card while in the US.
  2. I am having a bit of trouble figuring this one out. Mi suegra is traveling to the Estados Unidos to visit us and she is wondering what is her best option for bringing her spending money into the US. I'm no sure if she will be able to use a BCR debit/credit card in the US, I imagine there would be hefty fees if she did. Is there some kind of international credit card she can apply for in Costa Rica, where she would not be charged for her interactions? I guess the last resort is her sending Moneygram for us to pick up and for her to spend here. She is planning on buying a computer in the U.S., so she is looking to spend a good amount. Let me know if you have any experience with this, or any ideas!
  3. Customs exemptions as in bringing goods into CR? How would the transit police know you haven't been out of the country? Do they look at your passport and your license? Thanks for the help everyone. Headed to the jungle tomorrow.
  4. Could someone elaborate on this a bit? Or point me in the direction to find more info on the subject? I do realize that I'll have to leave every 3 months to renew my driver's license. Driving isn't that important to me at the moment, as I don't have access to a vehicle! I'm not quite sure when my lawyer will submit the paperwork. Thanks!
  5. So I'm in Costa Rica now, and I handed my residency paperwork to my lawyer this morning. I hit a little bit of a snag coming in as my return ticket was for 8 months from now. After all the preparation, I overlooked the rule that one must have a return ticket within 3 months of the arrival date. I tried to explain that I was planning to go to Panama via bus, but of course, I needed proof. So, they escorted me to an airline ticket counter, and I purchased a fully refundable ticket (I remember reading something about this tactic on the forums). I explained to the airline clerk the situation, and told him I needed a ticket for 3 months from now, but for whatever reason, he gave me a ticket for Oct. 29, about one month from now. Well, that refundable ticket was sufficient, and it got me through with a stamp and a 90 day allowance in the country (90 written in the blank on the stamp). The ticket is now refunded. I am planning on taking a bus to Panama just before my 3 months is up, and staying for 72 hours. Is this a legitimate plan? Is it ok that I refunded the 1 month ticket and will now be traveling by bus? Thanks.
  6. youKnow

    Health Insurance

    Ahh, yes, but I don't have an employer. I am working with my father-in-law and receiving no income. Only working for room and board, to keep it simple and not get into exactly how the situation will work.
  7. youKnow

    Health Insurance

    Well, that is all I am looking for with regards to insurance. Covering the Major Medical expenses like hospitalization (cancer, heart conditions, pneumonia etc.).
  8. Howdy, My wife and I will be moving to Costa Rica next Wednesday. One thing I have left for the last minute is health insurance. Since she is a native, and still qualifies under her mother's health care plan, she is not in need of insurance. I am a US citizen, and when I quit my job tomorrow, I will be without health insurance. She says that I can still be treated by Caja, but I will have to pay. Is there a quick guide or "sticky" that I have missed when it comes to international health insurance? Are there options that are cheaper if I will just be in Central America? We will be living very modestly down by Dominical, and I don't plan on going to San Jose for anything besides residency paperwork, so if international health insurance only covers hospitals in San Jose, I don't believe it is worth my time. I am really only looking for major medical I guess. Anyway, any suggestions on which providers to go with? Thanks, Steven P.S. I am only 24 years old, and I am "healthy as a horse" as the nurse told me at my last check up.
  9. Many thanks Criollo. We just got hooked up with this lawyer, and yes my wife's first language is Spanish. I will relay this information to her with hopes of clearing things up.
  10. I am a US citizen, and I have lived in the US all of my life. So I assume there is no other form that I need? The lawyer is a family friend and I'm not sure how familiar she is with the process.
  11. I was told by a lawyer we have hired that I am in need of a "Migration Status Report". This is to prove that I have lived in the US for the past 3 years. I am applying for residency Vinculo Conyuge Constarricnese. I haven't heard any reference to this on any other posts, and I'm not quite sure of how I'm going to acquire it. We leave for Costa Rica on the 25th of September, and don't plan to come back to the US for over 6 months. Does anybody know anything about this form? Number 8 on this PDF http://www.migracion.go.cr/extranjeros/residencias/residencia_temporal/residencia_temporal_conyuge_costarricense/Residencia%20Temporal%20por%20Conyuge%20Costarricense.pdf 8. Certificación de antecedentes penales de la persona extranjera del país de origen o del lugar donde haya residido legalmente los últimos tres años, debidamente legalizada y autenticada o apostilladas. Para esos efectos deberá demostrar adicionalmente la legalidad de su permanencia en ese país mediante copia certificada del documento migratorio obtenido en el plazo indicado I'm wondering if this is the website I need to visit to get this form. http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD Thanks for any help.
  12. That is ROUGH! We decided to register our marriage at the Houston consulate. Once it is registered with Costa Rica, will Migracíon still want to see my apostilled cert. copy of our U.S. marriage certificate?
  13. If people come here looking for information on translating documents for use with US Consulates, I have found that the average price for translation comes out to about $0.11 a word. The typical advertisement is about $25 a page. This is for a page with 250 words. 2 sites that I compared quotes from: http://www.rev.com http://www.asta-usa.com/ For my Marriage Certificate with apostile and Birt Certificate with apostile, my translation total came out to about $190. With shipping and notary services I paid $215. I needed these translated documents to give the the Consulate because my Tica wife and I were married in "El Exterior" which requires your marriage be registered before applying for Temporary Residency.
  14. Well, I don't know about all the other stuff everyone is talking about. I live in Harris county. I walked into the sheriff's office and asked them for a Police Letter of Good Conduct. They printed one up for me and notarized for $12. It took less than 10 minutes. They also asked me if I was going to Belize...
  15. Many Thanks Murray. Do you have any idea why the Costa Rican Consulate in Houston claims I need to register our marriage with Costa Rica for residency? They have succeeded in confusing me right after I thought I knew what I was doing. My only intention is to go to Costa Rica and apply for Temporary Residency.
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