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We are in the business of helping people, helping expats. We cannot help our fellow expats unless we gather and use the right information. Hundreds of people reach us every month asking us hundreds of questions about all the problems they have. We try to address these questions to the

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My Two ColonesResidency

Why obtaining residency in another country is important.  It is April 2019, and I am attending an immigration conference in Toronto. There are attorneys and wealth managers from all over the world; London, New York, UAE, Shang Hai, and me. The purpose of the conference is to review the global trends in

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My Two Colones

“People have lost their residency” On April 4th, CRHoy an online news outlet, published an article stating that 577 foreign nationals lost their residency for leaving the country during the travel restriction. This was not the case. This false information may send the message that if you leave the country,

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My Two Colones

Some of you may remember the mass wedding ceremonies that we performed in February and March of 2015. At that time, we married about 140 couples with the intention of obtaining local marriage certificates from the Costa Rican Civil Registry, allowing them to avoid the hassle of obtaining a marriage

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My Two Colones

The first time I heard the word expat was when I was working at Fragomen, one of the largest Immigration Law Firms in the world. Fragomen is mainly dedicated to corporate immigration, which means that they charge an arm and a leg to multinational corporations to transfer their employees worldwide. It makes

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My Two Colones

This last Saturday, I participated in a meeting with a group of expats in Grecia. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about crime, as there has been an escalation of crime in the area. The local police also attended the meeting to give some basic information about the

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My Two Colones

For the most part, people get extremely concerned when they hear the words recession, inflation or devaluation. Do not panic, all of these are natural stages of the economic cycle that every country has to go through over time. While it is important to have some knowledge in macroeconomics to

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CultureMy Two Colones

I am on the road and I see a Costa Rican police car with the flag of China on it, and I wonder: is Costa Rica really independent? Last weekend (September 15th) Costa Rica celebrated 197th years of independence from Spain while at the same time early this month La

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My Two Colones

So recently, we posted a video from the World Economic forum showcasing some of the benefits in Costa Rica which includes “free healthcare”.  Some people took offense to this and thus commenting that it is not free, and that these videos should not be allowed as “looks are deceiving”. So, let’s

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My Two Colones

I hear this question on a regular basis. I hear it so much, that I am going to start charging $100 for each time I am asked this question. Am I required to stay 72 hours out of the country prior to reentering? The answer is no, you are not

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