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ANSWER: Renewing is actually quite easy, and generally can be done through the Banco de Costa Rica.
To renew your status, you must demonstrate that the income ($1000/month) was received in Costa Rica (i.e., that you have $12,000 in the bank in Costa Rica). You can renew your residency status at some of the branch offices of Banco de Costa Rica. To do so you call their 900 number which is ***-**-****9 to request a renewal appointment. They have English-speaking phone operators if you request it. Contact them to determine exactly what is required. They should also be able to get your the correct forms.
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