Retirement Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


You can get residency in Nicaragua if you have an income equivalent to at least $600 a month from Social Security or a pension. The minimum age for eligibility is 45, but this can be waived if the applicant proves a stable income. Your dependents will qualify without meeting the same requirements. Legally you cannot work while under this category but it depends on the circumstances.

Application procedure:

Step 1: You must go to the General Directorate of Immigration and Immigration to purchase the Migration Procedure Form, which has a cost of C $50.00.

Step 2: Submit to the information officer in Immigration, full form accompanied by the requirements of the procedure and shift to be attended by the window officer.

Step 3: Wait to be called by the window officer to receive all the requirements.

Step 4: Wait to be notified by the DGME about the authorization of the residence, once notified you must cancel the corresponding fee and take the photograph for the identity document.



Lifelong Month(s)



60 Month(s)





P. Residency

1 Month(s)


Processing time

4-6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Retirement Visa?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need income equivalent to at least $600 a month from Social Security or a pension.
  • You should be of good character.
  • You should be in good health.
  • You need to pay consular fee.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Retirement Visa?

11 Document Required

  • Application form.
  • Residence application letter, addressed to the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration.
  • Original in good condition and photocopy of the passport (validity no less than 6 months).
  • 2 passport size photographs (4½ high by 3 ½ wide), white background, without glasses, hat, cap, ears and open front.
  • Birth or Naturalization Certificate, issued by the competent authority of your country of origin, duly apostilled or authenticated as the case may be.
  • Criminal Record Certificate, issued by the competent authority of the country of origin or residence of the last three years, apostilled or duly authenticated by the Consulate of Nicaragua, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of its country of origin, and by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nicaragua. Children under 18 years of age are exempt from this requirement.
  • Health certificate, issued by the competent authority of your country of origin or previous residence, apostilled or authenticated, or of the Nicaraguan health authorities.
  • Certification of the origin, annual or monthly amount of the pension or retirement received by the applicant, issued by the competent authority of the country where the pension originates, by the International Organization, Public or Private Company in which he rendered his services or that pays him the pension duly authenticated or apostilled.
  • Resolution of the Technical Committee of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR) where the status of retired or pensioner is ratified.
  • This request must be submitted to the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (INTUR).
  • Exceptionally, additional documentation may be requested. (Article 63, numeral 7 of the Regulation to Law 761, General Migration and Aliens Act).

Talent Migration data for Nicaragua

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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