Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Perpetual tourists

This question has been asked and answered many times,

Permanent residency is for those of you that want to live here permanently most of the year and not worry about immigration or getting back in the country or looking over their shoulder when your visa has expired.

Law number one in Costa Rica is you can do it if you think you can getaway with it!

But if you want to be on the correct side of the law, then get your permanent residency started if you plan on living here!

Many tourists get away with being a perpetual tourist but immigration, being a strange creature that changes constantly always changes it´s rules, their policy has always been that tourist visas are for tourists and permanent residency is for those that want to live here permanently.

Those perpetual tourists may be in for a big surprise when immigration decides to continue to crack down on them.

It is much easier to apply for residency and be legal, it does not matter how long they will take because you will be legal in the country no matter how long they take to approve your residency, the ball is in their side and you will be safe from having to pay bribes or end up in a cell awaiting deportation.

I have gone many times to immigration detention to get foreigners out of jail because they thought it wouldn´t be a problem and got caught in an immigration raid, most are Nicaraguans, Colombians and Dominicans but there are always several americans and Europeans that get caught and deported.

My best advice is don´t push your luck too much.

Lic.Gregory Kearney Lawson.

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