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Getting residency in Nicaragua
doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive!
Confused by contradictory and incomplete information found on the internet?
One site says you need this paper, another article says you don’t. A lawyer says that is required, your friend who did it says it isn’t.
The truth is that the process is long but relatively straight forward. The NCX Guide to Residency in Nicaragua explains it all, once and for all.
Are there really 34 requirements?
Getting the documents together can be one of the most frustrating steps in the process. Some papers need to be obtained in your home country, then stamped, then translated, then stamped again, and all while the expiration clock is ticking.
Yes, there are 34 requirements but, depending on the type of residency you are applying for, you will only need to meet a portion of them. The NCX Guide to Residency in Nicaragua will help you get the documents you need, in the order you need them, and on time.
Worried about attorney’s fees?
Your friend tried to take the “easy” route by using a recommended lawyer and got gouged to the tune of $600. Or $800. Or $1000. Some people pay up to $1,500 to avoid the frustration of going head-first into the Nicaraguan residency process.
Save your hard-earned money; you have better things to spend it on. You need to know what is required, how to get it, who to talk to and how much to pay. All of that and much, much more is covered in this guide.
"Finally, someone to set the record straight!" - Nancy Wilder, UK
You can do it.
But you need advice you can trust.
Know what you are getting into by researching the Nicaraguan residency process.
That used to mean Google searches for articles and piecing together advice given by a few other brave souls who did it, talking to lawyers and immigration officials and trying to make sense of it all. That used to mean days of investigation and trial and error.
Finally all of that research has been done, confirmed by immigration officials and INTUR and in one, easy place.
I am here to help.
I want you to get your residency. I am here to help in three ways:
First of all I spent a year putting this guide together. The information is solid.
Secondly, my goal is that this guide answers every question you have about the residency process. Buy the guide and I will back it up with my “every question answered” guarantee. If there is something the guide doesn’t answer, just ask and I will find out for you.
Third, I am offering the services of one of the best immigration lawyers in Nicaragua at a rock-bottom rate. That’s 25% off regular services by a lawyer who spent five years as the Head of Residency in the immigration office.
Relax. Have patience.
This guide is extremely helpful but it will not guarantee a process without hangups. Immigration officials sometimes lose documents, time-sensitive papers get caught up in the Nica post office for longer than expected and sometimes a dog really does eat your homework.
Relax. This is a process and there are many steps. Even if frustration sets in, know that as long as you are moving forward you are making progress.
Have patience. Keep at it. I did it and you can do it too!
"This is what we have been waiting for" - John and Ann Williams, USA
What’s included with the guide
The NCX Guide to Getting Residency in Nicaragua took a little over one year to put together. It is 60 pages in length and available in paperback through Amazon or right here as a .pdf ebook. In it I discuss the residency process for retirees, investors, those married to Nicas, and more. The requirements are laid out, translated and explained. There are photos of where to go, names of who to talk to and even phrases to say. There are a ton of tips and tricks, things to not forget and others to avoid. This is, hands-down, the most informative source you can find on getting residency in Nicaragua.
The guide itself is a great deal, especially considering the time and money it will save somebody going through the residency process. However I am including much more than just the guide.
Official forms translated and explained
There are forms that will need to be filled out. This will help you know what they are asking and what to write down.
Law 694 Pensioners and Rentista translated
This is the official, legal documentation that the INTUR and immigration officials refer to when they tell you what they need and what you can and can’t do as a resident pensioner or rentista.
Regulations to Law 694 translated
More specific than the law itself, this list of regulations helps clear up some of the ambiguity the law creates.
Interviews with people who have gone through the residency process
And not just those who succeeded. There are a few who didn’t make the cut and they tell us why. The questions I asked are:
1. What category of residency did you try to get and why?
2. Can you go into some detail about how the residency process went for you?
3. What were some of the unexpected challenges that you ran into?
4. What suggestions would you give to anyone attempting to go through the process tomorrow?
5. Anything else you would like to add?
25% discount on legal services
And that is 25% off an already rock-bottom rate by a lawyer who was the head of the residency department in the immigration office for five years. I have used this lawyer’s services and I can personally attest to the quality of the work. Here are two examples of how much you can save:
Drawing up letters or notary stamps normally costs $20 but you get it for $15.
Full service (let the lawyer take care of everything) is a great deal at $400 but you get it for $300.
This deal in itself can save you more money than the price of the guide!
Personal consultation by me, Casey
I will personally take the time to help you with any number of residency-related or Nica-related things you might need. I am happy to work with you for a total of 5 hours over the course of however long you would like.
Facebook group for residents
Anyone who buys the guide will also receive an invitation to join a private facebook group for residents and soon-to-be residents where people can share experiences and ideas or even Managua hotel recommendations!
NCX Guide to Festivals and Events in Nicaragua ebook
This is fun little extra for you that I wrote in 2014. It is a travel guide to the 200+ fiestas patronales and annual events that go on in the country. The retail price is $11.99 for the paperback through Amazon.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|What exactly is residency in Nicaragua?||4|
|Residency conditions and categories||5|
|The government agencies||9|
|Bribing your way into residency||11|
|Getting a lawyer||12|
|The immigration office||14|
|The INTUR office||16|
|Requirements for investors||21|
|The requirements for requesting residency||22|
|Requirements for Pensioners and Rentistas||39|
|Documents to present to INTUR||39|
|Turning in your paperwork||51|
|Obligations and Prohibitions||53|
|Losing, renouncing, renewing your residency||54|
|Leaving the country||54|
|Now that you have your residency||55|
"What a deal! This saved me hundreds of dollars and months of headaches." - Barry Scofield, USA
My name is Casey.
I spent more than a year developing this guide.
Yes, I am a Nicaraguan resident.
I started the process in November, 2013 by going to the immigration office. After seeing the wall of requirements I went to a lawyer. He agreed to help me for $500, then dropped my case to take on a higher-paying gig. So what I did was to tough it out, starting at the top and working my way down the requirements list until I had everything. Some things weren’t correct and I had to do them over. Some things were required and then weren’t. Still other documents were needed last-minute and then there were the fees. And signatures. And translations. And then my dog got ahold of my papers and, well, that dog now has a new home.
Helping people is what I love doing.
My day job is building schools in rural Nicaragua. For five years before that I was bringing light and clean water to communities in this country. I love Nicaragua and I love showing people what this country has to offer. And if you love this country enough to consider becoming a resident then I would love to get to know you.
I live here.
In Managua, actually. My home is the same one that my wife has been living in since she was born. Our kids go to school here. My Spanish has gotten pretty good even though I still have trouble understanding country accents. I love it so much that I convinced my mother, a home-grown little-city girl from Southeast Texas to move to Granada.
However I am still 100% Texan at heart and my family has learned to like chili and gumbo, even if they prefer indio viejo and baho.