hague convention and reality
It is (was) the time to renew my residency and I was expecting a much simplified process because Nicaragua is now a signature of the Hague convention. Although renewal is easier than the initial issuance of a cedula, it can still be a frustrating process.
This is what I typically needed.
1. photocopies of my passport and my old cedula 2. passport photos 3. certificate of health 4. police record 5 proof of income (VA and Social security income needs to be authenticated by the embassy then translated into Spanish by a lawyer with at least 10 years experience, and finally authenticated my MINREX. 6. Pay for the form and fill it out. 7. Turn the whole package into immigration and a couple of weeks later I get a new cedula.
well as I said, I expected things to be different this time. I did not expect to need MINREX authentication. But I still needed it. I asked MINREX why I needed this if Nicaragua was a signature of the Hague convention. The lady literally did not have an answer for me. She paused for about 5 seconds thinking of an answer until I let her off the hook. So at least for me, it was almost the same old process. This time I no longer needed a certificate of health though. But, I got one anyway as I did not want to make a second trip to Managua from Matagalpa because of an error.
Still the good news is I should have my new cedula in a few weeks.