After 5 lawyers, $10,000 and 7 years of hell, my partner and I were still nowhere near a residency card but very near deportation and in panic. That is when we turned to Laura in desperation. She took over our cases, sorted through the huge mess and 6 months later, it all ended in tears… of joy! Laura is a brilliant angel.
Jeff Dawson – Perez Zeledon
Our case was already very complicated before we met with Laura. We were to the point of no longer trusting anyone to get this application completed properly. But in record time, Laura finally got our residency cards ending a seven-year nightmare! When it came time for renewal, as can sometimes happen, things got complicated again due to demands by Immigration. Once again, Laura straightened things out with her expert negotiating skills and professional manner. I consider Laura a friend and protector. I would never allow anyone else near our dealings with Immigration. Laura is now handling our change to permanent residency with her usual ease.
Helen Rivers-Moore – Perez Zeledon
Even for a thorough researcher like me, deciding on a reliable residency professional to assist us with our residency process proved challenging.
There are lots of choices on Google to wade through and vet.
Save yourself time and a lot of grief by reading this.
Laura Gutierrez came highly recommended by Scott Oliver, a British expat who has a great website: http://www.welovecostarica.com. I called Laura in December 2015 and had an initial conversation with her, followed up by many emails. I was impressed by her thoroughness and attention to detail, and also by the many testimonials on her website.
I grilled her extensively on various issues and felt very assured with her detailed answers. So despite my husband Gary’s scepticism about her hefty up-front deposit, we wire transferred her the requested funds, and immediately got down to the nitty-gritty with Laura’s step by step guidance.
Laura instructed us on all the forms we would need, where and how to get them and how to navigate through a couple snags in the process. The devil certainly is in the details and Laura expertly got us through some challenging obstacles.
After months of preparation in New York, we made our big move to Costa Rica. Days later we met Laura at Immigration. In the midst of this crowded chaos where we played musical chairs up to our eventual turn, she guided us through with uncommon thoroughness and safeguarding against do-overs. “They tend to lose papers here”, she explained.
One of Laura’s “claims to fame” is that she is at the Immigration Department frequently, she knows the workers, and they all know she has her “ducks in a row”. We again saw the value of having her on our team.
Once done at Immigration, we crossed San Jose to the fingerprinting center. Another very interesting encounter within controlled chaos. After an hour of Spanglish processing and being cleared through Interpol, we emerged with ink stained fingers, but relieved. Anyone thinking at the outset about attempting this alone, or with poorly vetted help, think again!
To our surprise, there was ready-for-anything Laura with Huggies Baby Wipes to clean our ink soaked fingertips!
Laura’s help was invaluable and worth every dime.
Cheryl and Gary Elferis, Junquillal Costa Rica (Formerly from New York, N.Y.)
We needed to coordinate our Costa Rica Residency Card application long distance from our home in Washington State. Worries about whom we were going to hire under these circumstance were laid to rest when a highly credible source recommended Laura.
Laura began by assisting us with getting a bank account prior to us having residency, which apparently is very difficult to do. Laura showed an unusual care and concern for our case – like it was her own family. She also kept us right up to date during the whole process and helped us co-ordinate our flight itineraries to best advantage. She even provided us with a lot of other very important and useful information about how to go about our business here in Costa Rica. We so enjoyed her warm company. Donald, Julie, Shawn and Julia Schneider – Washington State/Atenas, Costa Rica
Allow me to be blunt & succinct…
There should be only one of three reasons you don’t use the services of Ms. Gutierrez as your Immigration Representative: A) You are unaware of her B) You enjoy masochism C) You are content with the two capital D’s of the bureaucratic process… Delay & Disappointment! Period, end of deal, any other reason you would choose other than her and you risk, ‘shooting yourself in the foot’.
We signed up with Laura a mere 14 days prior to some of our ‘docs’ running beyond their ‘shelf life’. They were due to expire. Which of course means you return to square one and start over from scratch! Need I remind anyone how much fun it is to track down & then get authenticated, obscure aspects of your personal history ?
We landed in this ‘one-of-a-kind’ country (where we intend to reestablish ourselves for the remainder of our ‘golden years’) just a day prior to the potential of losing months of preparations that could vanish in the ensuing 24 hours. Our care and our fate were entrusted to someone we had never met… Miss Laura. We sort of had confidence… just behind a juggernaut of anxiety! One ‘i’ not dotted, or one ‘t’ not crossed and you’re abruptly dismissed from progressing further! You don’t even get to go back to the start of the waiting line. Everything depended upon the expertise of a little gal we would meet for the first time on a street corner in a big city we didn’t know, to conduct business in a language we didn’t speak! All for a purpose that would have a huge impact on the upcoming years of our lives! Do you know the definition of feeling exposed & vulnerable? Let me tell you… it was that morning.
Laura Gutierrez should be on the list of Costa Rica’s national treasures.
We moved to Costa Rica in May with the intention of becoming full-time residents. We are not wealthy people and sold everything in the United States to make the move. Though we were prepared to leave Costa Rica every 90 days to follow the country’s residency guidelines, this was an expensive prospect . . . even with quick trips to Panama or Nicaragua. And who wants to leave their new home every 90 days following a long-anticipated move?
In one morning with Laura we obtained our permits to remain in-country while our residency is being processed — not one day… one morning! Laura handled every single aspect of navigating the Immigration office and police fingerprinting. We tell our new Costa Rican expat friends how quick and “painless”‘ this process was, and they literally shake their heads in disbelief. “No one can accomplish the meeting with Immigration AND Fingerprinting in less than four hours,” they say. Laura Gutierrez can and did. Even the staff at our Costa Rican attorney’s office expressed disbelief. (they, too, handle residency.)
True, we followed to-the-letter Laura’s advice and check-list of required documents; but her instructions were so clear and easy to understand that obtaining our documentation was not a problem. We have heard nightmare tales of immigration problems . . . some lasting for years. We continue to meet expats who have lived in Costa Rica for eight to ten years and still struggle with the immigration office . .. sometimes having to hire multiple translators and/or attorneys just for a periodic visit to Immigration.
Laura Gutierrez is your one-stop shopping for all immigration needs. Her dedication and personalized service are unparalleled. More importantly, Laura makes each client feel as if they are her “only” client. Her services would be cheap at twice the price, if only in time saved, ease of navigating the immigration process, and for her personalized attention and sincere desire to serve her clients. After being in Costa Rica less than four weeks, we had the necessary documentation from Immigration to remain in the country. Her services are nothing short of miraculous, and we will always consider Laura a valuable resource and good personal friend.
Kathy & Rusty Davis – Grand Prairie, Texas / Samara, Costa Rica
I would like to tell everybody what an incredible experience we have had in regards to our residency proceedings since we met Laura Gutierrez. Prior to meeting Laura, medical issues on my part necessitated the temporary suspension of our applications filed previously with a local attorney. Lack of professional follow-up and advise placed us on the verge of deportation and catastrophic loss of assets. Laura took our tangled case with all the associated problems and worked diligently with Immigration officials to have our case reopened, reviewed and finally approved!
We were so very happy to have had the pleasure to work with her. Laura was always attentive to our needs and the proceedings with our case. She was always available by phone or email in a timely manner. She also provided invaluable assistance for us on related issues with the National Registry regarding our property holdings. We now feel totally secure and properly organized thanks to her methodical execution of each task. Laura really took a lot of stress, nervous feelings and potential grief away from us. She is in a nutshell, GREAT!!! I could not recommend somebody more. She is truly the best. Two thumbs up… all the way!!
Patrick, Rosella, Giovanni and Daniel Brokaw – Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
After purchasing substantial property holdings and setting up corporations, we wanted to be certain that our Costa Rican Residency Card applications would be properly handled. Based on stories we’d heard, we reasoned that not just anyone could do this properly. We met Laura through friends in March of 2014 and agreed to let her handle the application for our family of 4. The process stalled a bit due to difficulties obtaining documents from another tropical country. Laura intervened and we got what we needed eventually. Our business attorney and Laura also worked very well with each other in preparing other needed documents. By December, we were approved. We highly recommend Laura to anyone looking to take the stress out of this process.
Ed, Sarah, Brandon & James Devries – Dominical, Costa Rica
With mobility issues, I was very stressed out about getting into this process. Laura’s patient and precise instruction made it downright easy for me to get all the necessary documentation. No do-overs. She prepared thoroughly prior to my application submission and we got everything done including fingerprinting in record time! She personally looked after me the whole time making sure I was as comfortable as possible during my one trip to San Jose. I also noticed how cooperative the staff at Immigration was with Laura while I watched from close proximity. What a classy professional! James Stewart – Arenal, Costa Rica
Having been in and out of Costa Rica for 15 years, my expectations with so called professional services here were… shall we say… jaundiced. Lots of soothing assurances and some pretty web sites. They mean nothing in most cases. Types “A”s like me are easily irritated and stressed. So take what follows as high praise. In sharp contrast to those frustrating previous experiences, Laura really did take all the stress out of this normally awful process. (Think doing your taxes!) She helped me all the way through three renewals and now citizenship. She always let me know what was going on and what the next move was. In precise language (English) followed by email summaries, she told me what to do, what to get, where and how to get it and how much… and then sticking to those numbers. She is her own “team of experts.” Clearly she knows this whole system like few others. And she does it with such good cheer. Paul F. Sontrop – Santo Domingo, Heredia San Jose
We are so grateful for acting on a recommendation to hire Laura to do our residencies. Laura was extremely efficient and made the whole process painless. If we would have had our paper work Apostilled previously, we would have spent less money. So in hindsight, I recommend contacting Laura at the very beginning of your process to avoid extra costs and stress. The U.S. Embassy was a snap and the whole application and fingerprinting submissions went very smooth. I highly recommend Laura to anyone seeking residency. – Nugent Tim and Corina Meador, Arenal CR
After only nine months, I received my cedula and am now a legal resident of Costa Rica. I am deeply honored and proud to be part of this amazing and welcoming country.
This would not have been possible without Laura Gutierrez. She is a real force of nature. I do not have enough superlatives in my vocabulary to describe how wonderful it was to work with her. I only had to meet with her twice in San Jose. All other transactions and communication were via e- mail or telephone. She made everything easy and efficient. I would not hesitate for one second to recommend her to anyone seeking residency in Costa Rica.
Micaela Grantham – Arenal, Costa Rica
Yes! You sure can believe what you read on this website!
Laura is a very special person and talented professional with the ability to get things done in an environment where such things are often the exception rather than the rule. She is well versed in how to work for optimal outcomes in this overwhelming system.
Step by step, Laura guided me patiently and thoroughly through document retrieval as well as perfectly coordinated travel logistics. We actually began with limited (insufficient) documentation in August, 2014. Through Laura’s creativity and determination, on June 11, 2015, I walked out of CR Immigration with my nice, new residency card!
I am very grateful to the lady acquaintance that steered me to Laura. As an extremely happy client, it’s my turn to pay it forward to all who read here. Ed Liddiard – Tambor, Costa Rica
We are very happy to acknowledge the great job that Laura did for us when we recently completed our application process. Through her efforts, all of the paperwork was completed and in order which makes the process easier. Although we had to do the legwork to provide Laura with all of our properly certified documents, we would not have been able to complete the process in the time that we were in Costa Rica without her long distance, step-by-step guidance.
Laura was able to cut through the red tape and smooth the process because of her knowledge of how the “system“ works. Laura accompanied us through the Immigration center and due to her ability to communicate what we needed, we were able to accomplish our goal of completing the immigration process in less than one day.
We highly recommend Laura for the services that she provides. Her professionalism in following-up to get the required documentation, her understanding of the process and her ability to work with the Immigration Department makes her services invaluable. Bob & Debbie Samol – Saint Clairsville, Ohio
My initial search about Costa Rica residency yielded little clarity… so many different levels and types of residency. I also read of how NOT to attempt it, especially if you are not fluent in Spanish. Advice included hiring a lawyer, but not all lawyers by any stretch of the imagination are even familiar with the process. Even then you are in danger unless you have tremendous, justified trust in your legal representative. I was to realize later, that ALL lawyers who accept residency work, assign it to underlings and messengers. In short, the dream can become a nightmare very swiftly as it becomes almost impossible to decide how to proceed.
One lucky day, I read Scott Oliver’s “welovecostarica.com” website where I saw Laura’s advertorial. I read the entire story of her involvement in residency services before contacting her. She invited a no-cost consultation over the phone, which was much appreciated and effective at establishing trust. It was obvious to us from the start of communications that she would be helpful and trustworthy. Throughout the entire process, Laura was available with time and crucial information, preventing our dream from becoming a nightmare. We are so glad that we made the correct choice, and we highly recommend her as an ally to gain your Costa Rica residency. Laura’s integrity, in our opinion, is beyond reproach…
Don & Nancy Osborne – Buffalo Gap, Texas, Herradura, Costa Rica