Look at this lovely couple holding their cedula (residency) cards!
Unfortunately this couple is NOT us, but our pals Irina & Jim. They applied for their residency in December, 2012 and it took 18 months for them to get their cards. I’m very happy for them.
You’re probably wondering where we are in our residency process? Well, it pains me to tell you – that we just aren’t quite there yet. Actually it’s fine. Some people get residency really quickly, others not so… It is what it is, right? Pura vida.
A little recap for you:
* July 25, 2013 (23 months ago, if you’re keeping track) – we started this whole process just a month after we moved here, with our first trip to San Jose.
* September 6, 2013 – we went back to San Jose and got fingerprinted among a few other things. But still no bank account was opened.
* January 22, 2014 – after FIVE total trips to try to open a bank account, we finally got a bank account opened. But still no cedula/residency card.
Since then we have been waiting to hear from our attorney, which we finally did in April of this year (he’s not very responsive). At this point he needed a letter from our bank stating we had the required amount of money set up in an rentista-residency-appropriate USD CD. We went to our Scottia Bank in San Jose, had this done, and the appropriate letter written. We notified our attorney that the letter was ready, and for him to send someone to pick it up (the bank was just down the street from him).
Since then, we had been emailing our attorney just wanting to hear confirmation that he had the letter, and what was the next step? No response for a long time… then finally he responded to one of my emails just the other day, stating he had received the bank letter (yay!) and it was submitted to immigration. But it would probably be another 3-4 more months(!) before we heard from them. Sigh.
So – that’s it! That’s where we are – in limbo-land. In a few months, I hope to present you with a picture of Greg and I, holding our brand-spanking-new cedula cards… Maybe. We’ll see.