Work Visa

Cost of Living
Talent Migration


If you plan to work in Nicaragua, you must have residency or a work visa to apply for a job and an Employer/Company you work for must ‘sponsor’ you for the duration of your contract.

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.



12 months



84 Month(s)





P. Residency

36 Month(s)


Processing time

4-6 weeks



Very Low

What are eligibility requirements for the Work Visa?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need a sponsor from an employee/company in Nicaragua.
  • You should be of good conduct.
  • You should be in good health.
  • You need proof of sufficient funds.

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

9 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.
  • Health certificate, issued by the competent authority of your country of origin or previous residence, apostilled or authenticated, or of the Nicaraguan health authorities.
  • Original and copies Job offer letter.
  • Original notarized maintenance commitment of the applicant.

Talent Migration data for Nicaragua

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

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