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  1. David C. Murray

    Shippers that are not Zeller?

    As I've said before, Mike Rappaport of Logistics Management Associates has served his many clients well for years. He ships whole 20- and 40-foot containers and vehicles. In addition, once a month, Mike ships a consolidated container from his warehouse in Florida. You can ship as much or as little as you wish. You can reach Mike here in Costa Rica at 8878-0042 or in the U.S. at 727-231-4344. Or you can email him at rappmike1@aol.com. Mike can arrange pickup at your current home, delivery to his Florida warehouse, shipping to Costa Rica and delivery to your new home here.
  2. An adult child could also qualify for pensionado status individually IF s/he had a lifetime guaranteed income of at least $1,000 per month. Such an income must derive from something like a U.S. Social Security Old Age pension, a government service or military pension, or an annuity that's acceptable to Costa Rican Immigration. Social Security Disability usually will not qualify and SSDI cannot be paid to anyone living outside the U.S. And incomes from investments like rents, etc, will not satisfy Immigration's income requirement because they are not guaranteed for life. So, to qualify as four pensionados would require a $1,000 per month lifetime guaranteed income for the married couple and also a $1,000 lifetime guaranteed income for each adult child. You cannot combine incomes. That is, if the adults have (say) a $3,000 monthly income, they cannot attribute $1,000 to each of the adult children. Unless one or both adult children are disabled and financially dependent, as induna wrote above, the three "entities" (one married couple and two adult children) would be treated as separate by Immigration. To expand a little on costaricafinca's comment above, the married couple would have to enroll in the national health system, the CAJA, together and each adult child would have to enroll individually. In addition to proving that lifetime income, or the $60,000 deposit, there will be documentary requirements which is another hump to be jumped. You have been to Costa Rica, right?
  3. Two questions: First, eleanor, when you applied for your cedula as a citizen, did you ask TSE to put both your new "Costa Rican" name (first, middle, father's last name and mother's last name) AND ALSO your previous "resident's" name (first, middle or middle initial, and traditional last name)? You can have that previous "resident's" name added to a second line as an "Also Known As" name. If yes, was there a hassle? Second, if you've applied for or received a Costa Rican passport, how did you go about that?
  4. eleanor, you have it right. There's an old saying, "Be reasonable; do it my way." that certainly applies in situations like these. One might (or might not) eventually succeed in getting TSE or any other bureaucracy to conform to the specific details of one law or another but at what cost? Forcing the TSE into a corner on this might result in one's application finding a permanent home in some clerk's "HOLD" basket while one grows old and eventually dies. Then, who would have won? One must always ask, "Is the juice worth the squeeze?"
  5. My understanding is that the documents that are required for an application for citizenship must, according to the TSE, have been originally issued and apostilled within sixty days of submission of one's application. Clearly, the birth certificate that was submitted when you applied for residency originally would not meet that criterion. Too, getting Immigration to pull a copy of a document from its voluminous files and getting it authenticated by a Costa Rican notary (if one would even do so), and submitting it to the TSE would likely take longer than simply complying with TSE's published requirement, and the success of such an approach would be open to some doubt. Nor would that approach be entirely free. Too, obtaining a new copy of an old document would not positively affect the matter of excessive paperwork. A paper copy of a birth certificate, regardless its source, would still be a piece of paper that some bureaucratic entity or another would have to create and another would have to store. And, of course, if TSE declined to use the copy from Immigration, then the spirit of the "Excessive Paperwork" law would have been violated. Useless paperwork would have been created to no good end. You'd be back to Step One having wasted a lot of time and some money.
  6. I've previously related here that we applied for citizenship about a year ago. Included with our newly issued and apostilled birth certificates, we submitted police record checks from Dare County, North Carolina where we lived for the two and a half years prior to June of 2005. Everything was found to be acceptable until about a month ago when TSE decided that they needed a new Dare County police record check in Marcia's maiden name (which she hasn't used for forty years). We got it and sent it off to the NC Secretary of State to be apostilled. They sat on it for ten days, but it's finally to be delivered to our friend who will UPS Next Day Air it to our attorney in San Jose this afternoon. It would appear that the significance of the police record check document (what period of time it covers, which agency issues it, etc) isn't as important to the TSE as having a currently-issued document in the file with the right name on it. Bureaucracy is as bureaucracy does. Law or no law, I'm skeptical that the TSE is going to ask Immigration for your previously-submitted birth certificate or that Immigration can or will comply. Please don't hold your breath.
  7. David C. Murray

    household products

    eleanor, did the toilet bowl cleaner actually soften the mineral buildup? I hadn't thought of trying that, and the bottles do say that the cleaners attack hard water stains. Our shower floors all have rough surfaces to help prevent slipping, so the razor blade scraper wouldn't work for us.
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    household products

    I let minerals build up on the floor of our shower for way too long. When I finally confronted the problem, I tried everything locally available and had friends bring in CLR, Creme Clean and Lime Away. None of those did much. I also tried straight vinegar, Coca Cola, a DuPont product EPA sells, and muriatic acid .¡Nada! What finally worked for me was 150 grit wet/dry sandpaper and a generous application of elbow grease.
  9. We sure better live long enough to get those free, once-in-a-decade cedulas after all this. Not having to be enrolled in the CAJA is another perk that comes with citizenship, so there's that, too.
  10. Update on the Murrays' application for citizenship . . . Our faithful attorney called yesterday to state that my application, but not Marcia's, is ready for final approval. It might be a matter of days. Marcia's, on the other hand, is another story. First, some clever bureaucrat has decided that she needs a police record check report from the last place we lived in the States in her maiden name! This, of course, is a name which she has not used since 1978 and by which she was never known when we lived in North Carolina. So now we're off on another document chase the product of which must, of course, be apostiled anew. Then, when we applied a year ago, the clerk at the Tribunal misspelled Marcia's name on one, but not the other, of the two character attestation documents. Now, after a year, they've figured this out. So back we went this morning with our friend who previously attested to Marcia's good character to re-attest only now with her name spelled right. Problem is, the TSE staff are concerned that by attesting anew to Marcia's good character with a different name on the form, he might be liable to a charge of perjury. (Somebody figure that out for us, willya?) So on the spur of the moment, we had to recruit yet a third Costa Rican liar to swear to Marcia's good character and get him into the TSE office pronto. Fortunately, we found someone, so that got done. And the final blow was that the Tribunal, with all good intent, has given us a full ten business days to get all this done. Yesterday was Day One. Thankfully, we have a friend in the States who can manage the task which involves writing a letter asking for the record check and enclosing a Money Order (after he's been to the bank, that is) and sending those UPS Overnight to the clerk of the court. Then, they have to send it back (again, UPS Overnight) so's he can send it to the NC Secretary of State (third UPS Overnight) and they can send it back (you guessed it -- UPS Overnight). And when that's finally done, he'll shoot it to the attorney in San Jose in the fifth (5th!) Overnight transmission. With any luck, the final bill will come in less than our house payment but I'm not holding my breath.
  11. David C. Murray

    television or online tv

    I don't know what "portable wifi" is or means, James, so I'm afraid I can't help. If you're currently using a conventional wireless router that's connected to your Claro service and which provides wireless connectivity through your home, then the Strong/Reliable/Sabai VPN routers should work. One of those would simply replace your current router and you'd get your wireless signal from it. On the other hand, if there's more to your Claro service than I'm getting, then you'll have to ask someone else.
  12. David C. Murray

    television or online tv

    Right, James, the Strong/Reliable Hosting Netgear router with Sabai VPN firmware pre-installed was purchased directly from Strong/Reliable Hosting but shipped by Sabai Technologies in South Carolina. We had it send to our Aeropost address in Florida. Box Correos would have worked as well.
  13. David C. Murray

    online money transfer delays

    We had a similar experience to eleanor2's a number of years ago when we transferred a large sum to (then) Banco Banex (now Banco Davivienda). We, too, had to complete a "Know Your Customer" form which took about two minutes. Problem was, no one at the bank notified us of the need for the form, so the money just sat until we went to the branch office and spoke to the manager. Had we not pursued the matter, the money still wouldn't be ours.
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    online money transfer delays

    I'm pretty sure that BCR posts credits coming from other banks automatically. That is, the process is computerized. By comparison, it appears that Banco Nacional actually posts those credits manually. Our U.S. Social Security is due on the third of each month, but in the past it's been delayed as much as a business day. And when it is posted on time, it appears on our account at various times during the day. Lately, we've gotten our money by late morning, but in the past, it's come in the afternoon. That's why I think BNCR's "system" relies on human intervention. It would take a lot of programming to change BNCR's system from manual to automatic posting, if that's the situation, and relatively few people would benefit, so we can probably expect things to remain the same.
  15. David C. Murray

    online money transfer delays

    Give it until Tuesday noon. When the bureaucracies shut down for semana santa, they shut down with a vengeance. I'd bet a cheap lunch that no one's minding the store at BNCR and your transfer simply hasn't been processed yet.
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