Rentista and Pensionado Visas

Nicaragua’s independent means visas give applicants a three-year path to permanent residency and a four-year path to citizenship simply by demonstrating a modest monthly income, from passive sources like rental income, dividends, or pensions.

Nicaragua enjoys a tropical, coastal climate, a low cost of living, and relatively low taxes.

Nicaragua is a popular retirement destination for a growing number of Americans, attracted in part by the country’s plentiful and inexpensive beachfront real estate.


Program at a glance

Program TypeIndependent Means Visa
Time to citizenship4 years
Time to permanent residency3 years
Minimum investmentNone. Proof of US$600 monthly income
Physical presence requirementNone (183 days a year for permanent residency)
Application processing time3-6 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to126 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableNo contrubution required

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