Can't Seem to Make the Jump and move to Costa Rica in Open Forum - Topics NOT specifially related to Life in Costa Rica Posted June 6, 2012 · Report reply You need to prove income in order to apply for residency here, and you need to apply for residency in order to stay here. If you own a business that is online only and your work is paid by someone outside of Costa Rica, you can work in it. But that income will not suffice to meet the residency requirements. You must either put up the required funds for rentista or have a lifetime guaranteed income from a pension of some sort. There are other types of residency that I'm not familiar with, so read about them on www.arcr.net or www.therealcostarica.com.