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U.S. expats can get embassy benefit letter by email
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is good news for expats who might have to prove their income to acquire residency or even a mortgage.

The Federal Benefit Unit at the U.S. Embassy said it has simplified the process for verifying Social Security and other government benefits for Costa Rican immigration purposes.

The government will accept email requests and make a follow-up telephone call to confirm the requestor’s identity.

The embassy said that the document commonly is called a proof of income letter,  a budget letter, a benefits letter or a proof of award letter.

The letter is an official report on money an expat might be getting from the U.S. Social Security Administration, the Veterans Administration, the Railroad Retirement Board
or the Office of Personnel Management/Civil Service Retirement.
Until now, a personal embassy visit was required.

The email document is being accepted by the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjeria, according to Javier Zavaleta of Residency in Costa Rica, who gave the first notice of the new procedure.

The embassy said that an expat had to follow these steps:

1.Request a benefit verification letter–free of charge–by filling out a form using this link:  http://costarica.usembassy.gov/fbu-inquiry-form.html

2.Within five working days, a representative from the Federal Benefit Unit will contact you to verify your identity and get your permission to email the letter verifying the benefit amount.
  
3. Requestors should print the letter and provide it to the Costa Rican immigration office. This letter does not require an apostille (or notarization).

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Lottery agency sweetens the Sunday pot

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sunday is the Día del Trabajo and the state lottery agency is giving Costa Ricans and residents a chance to become capitalists.

The top prize in the Sunday lottery is 200 million colons, some $377,000.

Of course this is a marketing ploy for people to participate in what has been called the voluntary tax on stupidity.

The agency, the Junta de Protección Social distributes a large quantity of the money collected to 400 charities and non-profit organizations. So the return on a lottery investment is only a percentage of the amount paid.

But the Junta plans two identical issues of 100,000 full tickets each. A full entero of 10 tickets costs 12,000 colons, 4,000 colons more than the usual Sunday lottery. But a 1,200-colon investment in just one-tenth of a lottery ticket or what is called a fraction would mean a 20 million-colon prize if the ticket is a winner.  That’s about $38,000, which is tax-free in Costa Rica.

Expats who win should see their accountant or perhaps the Panamà law firm of Mossack Fonseca & Co.


Those with gripes will be marching

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sunday is International Labor Day, and a parade to vent grievances is traditional in Costa Rica. The event usually is highly photogenic with motivated communists mixing with environmentalists, expat women dressed as Palestinians and youngsters in traditional costumes.

Certain to be there will be the members of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados. Members of the employee union plan to gather in front of the Correos de Costa Rica building at 8 a.m. to organize for their march down Avenida Segunda.

The theme this year is that workers are not responsible for the fiscal deficit and do not want higher taxes. The union’s main concern is that their salaries will be cut or other benefits lost. The central government had hoped to renegotiate some agreements with public employee unions, but that plan is moving at the pace of a snail.

Many of the worker agreements have major benefits, including those for local union leaders. For example, union leaders at the state petroleum monopoly, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo, receive vehicles for their use each year.

This year animal rights activists are sure to march, too. That are miffed that the legislature adjourned without passing a law to protect animals. Some lawmakers are trying to defend what they call cultural practices. These include the bull baiting that takes place at major fairs and also cock fights.

The march usually ends at the legislature where lawmakers Sunday will be voting on leadership positions for the next year.

Everyone with a gripe can show up for the march, although recent weather suggests that there might be unusual morning thunderstorms.


Walker's surrender to be remembered

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica celebrates the Battle of Rivas, Nicaragua, every April 11 with a legal holiday. That took place in 1856. But a bit more than a year later, there was another event to be marked.

That was the surrender of U.S. filibusterer William Walker. He surrendered to the captain of a U.S. Navy ship when his forces were surrounded by the combined armies of Central American states.

The anti-Walker forces were commanded by Costa Rican José Joaquín Mora Porras.

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría will mark the surrender today. At 10 a.m. the museum will show “William Walker, una historia verdadera,” a 1987 U.S. film that links the events in 1857 with the wars that swept Central American in the 1980s.

The Alajuela museum also has a display that includes newspaper clippings about Walker’s surrender.

The U.S. Filibusterer was not one to give up easily. The museum noted that he tried three more times to return to Central America. His last effort in 1860 ended with his execution in Trujillo, Honduras.

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