Residency and Immigration

Citizenship through ancestry

Their are lots of ways to get residency and, then, citizenship in Nicaragua but I had never thought of this one. I have heard of this being used to get citizenship in Ireland, Italy and other countries but never Nicaragua. I don't know the particulars but, if you have any Nicaraguan ancestors, you may want to check it out.

Here is what I know from an email from SovereignMan. It is not on their web site yet but it should appear soon:

Or maybe not so much a matter of deporting criminals from the US

Sometimes, the NY Times does the sort of thing that only a paper with significant resources to wade through raw data can do. And, so, yeah, maybe not all of the deportees did anything that would have put them in jail had they been US citizens.

Seems like the over five years bans are more likely to be due to criminal actions.

How to change your address with SSA

Executive Summary: Send them a letter via snail mail.

I wanted to change my address with the Social Security Administration. Simple enough, particularly in the world of web sites. I thought.

New Passport

For someone needing a new US passport, the San Diego passport office at 401 West A Street will provide a new passport in a few hours.

No proof of travel is needed, but an on-line appointment IS needed. I made my Monday appointment with a Friday evening phone call (automated 24 hour service).

How to legalize my documents to apply for Residency in Nicaragua.

One of the most complicated parts of completing a Residency application is how to legalize the documentation required. Basically any applicant must bring to Nicaragua in originals: a) Birth Certificate. b) Police Record Certificate (usually is a simple letter saying the applicant doesn´t has any criminal record in his/her city), (for a US citizen INTERPOL doesn’t provide information, so it must be obtained from the local police). - c) Health Certificate, which is a letter (on letterhead) from a doctor explaining the applicant is in good health and doesn´t have any contagious diseases.

Cedula renewal how-to

This is what worked for one American pensionado in Esteli in late 2013. Your mileage may vary. Someone living in Managua or there for other reasons may be able to expedite this a little. We made a few mis-steps that cost us some shoe leather, but nothing like the hassles of the first time around.


I`m going through the renewal of my pensionado visa and have found some improvements in the bureaucracy. Before going to PN (used to be Transito) I stopped at Banpro to get the 30 cord minuta. I noticed that the PN minuta forms were the only ones they had, but didn`t give it much thought because that was the one I needed. Saw the Express line was about 1 1/2 hours long, so I took the form to the Old Codgers line at the main bank lobby and got out of there in about 15 minutes.`

Obtaining Nicaraguan Citizenship

Here are some tips on getting Nicaraguan Citizenship from a Nicaraguan Citizen. This is not the process but some useful tips.

  1. If you don't live in Managua, think about why you really want Nicaraguan Citizenship. It may not be worth it.
  2. You will get told what documents you need. Carefully make sure you get exactly what you are asked for.
  3. Having a copy of a needed document in your residency file does not count (and vise versa). [My residency expired while waiting for the citizenship process to complete. That's how I learned this.]

Border Run North

I made a border run yesterday to Honduras, entering and leaving at Las Manos north of Ocotal. We left at 1:30 from Condega. The process was painless, and relatively quick. The longest delay was waiting for a car permit for Honduras to be generated. Cost was $2 out of Nica, $12 back in, about $3.50 to enter Honduras, and $12 for the Honduras car permit. $5 to fumigate the inside of the car against dengue mosquitos on re-entering Nicaragua.

Any Nicaraguans who have acquired US citizenship?

Responding to a thread from about a week ago, I realized that there's very little information on this, at least in English.

Is there anyone anyone out there who's gained US citizenship and wants to share their story? Were you able to keep your Nica citizenship? How do you handle immigration on both ends? Does anyone ask where your other stamps are? Were there any pitfalls around being able to work or leave the US during the citizenship process?

Nicaraguan-born child, one or more US parents and Nicaraguan parent's earlier children

If you're the father of a Nicaraguan child, apparently legit or not, you can register the birth and get the US citizenship, but probably will have to have a DNA test if the Embassy is suspicious. is a further link to this:

"Birth Abroad Out-of-Wedlock to a U.S. Citizen Father – “New” Section 309(a)

A person born abroad out-of-wedlock to a U.S. citizen father may acquire U.S. citizenship under Section 301(g) of the INA, as made applicable by the “new” Section 309(a) of the INA provided:

Residency by marriage

Does anyone have any recent experience with obtaining residency through marriage with a Nicaragua spouse?

In this case, the Nicaraguan spouse is poor and cannot support the non-Nicaraguan spouse. However, the non-Nicaraguan is pretty comfortable financially and can show that she has the means to support herself as well as her new Nicaraguan family.


I just tried to send an Email (name) Which I think worked in the past. I get a mailer daemon and info that says the site may have been hacked. Is this the correct Email for migration?


Hello NL readers:

I am glad to inform you than Nicaragua now is part of The Hague Convention (Apostille Treaty ) which entered into force in Nicaragua on 14 May 2013, abolishing the requirement for legalization or authentication of foreign public documents by the local and state authorities and by the Nicaraguan Consulate abroad, for the countries which are members of the Convention.

What can we learn from the Toth experience?

The discussion of the arrest of Toth ( has clearly been a hot topic. Another hot topic here has been immigration/residency issues. In those discussions there has been some Nicaragua should ideas presented -- many justified by how easy it is for bad Gringos to move here/stay here.

With this real case study available, have we learned anything/changed any opinions?

Here are my observations:

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