Since my post, Lets Get Real about Retiring to Nicaragua, was a big hit, I am going to have a monthly post on Let’s Get Real about…
This month’s post is Let’s Get Real about Working in Nicaragua. It all started with a post on a Facebook forum for expats in Nicaragua.
Hey, how much money will I need to support myself for the first couple of months? When I arrive I am going to travel to a few places (i.e Leon, Granada) and choose the place I like best and then look for work as an english teacher there.
Recently, I have noticed an increase in the number of alarming posts, such as the one above. I say alarming because many foreigners looking for work in Nicaragua haven’t done their research.
So let’s get real about working in Nicaragua as a foreigner.
I. If you are looking for work in Nicaragua, you must have residency or a work visa to apply for a job. There are a few exceptions, such as a portable career, where you work online. But, for most physically based jobs in Nicaragua, you must abide by Nicaraguan laws.
Work Permit Form
1. Photocopy of the biodata and occupied pages of your passport or proof of when entering the country
2. Written legal representative of the company or organization addressed to the Directorate General of Immigration, where the work is started abroad that takes place in the company or organization and the time spent requested for commitment to take the livelihood of the worker request foreign during their stay, leaving the country the expiration of the permit and notify the Directorate General of Immigration termination of the employment relationship, who in turn report to the Ministry of Labour.
3. Notarized copy of the testimony of the Articles of Incorporation of the Company and accreditation of legal representative, spread over notary.
4. Individual employment contract certified by the Labor Ministry.
5. Evidence of compliance with Article 14 of the Labor Code issued by the Ministry of Labour
6. Payment of Fees for immigration services.
I know that there are many foreigners working and living as perpetual tourists in Nicaragua. I also understand that it is a huge hassle to apply for residency and work visas. Some foreigners may not be able to receive residency due to a number of circumstances. Illegal Immigrants and Perpetual Tourists in Nicaragua.
Is the peace of mind in seeking to work legally in Nicaragua worth the effort? Sure, you may be denied a work visa. Sure, it may take months to apply legally for work. However, the naked truth is that Nicaragua is starting to crack down on perpetual tourists who are living and working in Nicaragua.
II. Depending on the type of residency you have, you may not be permitted to work in Nicaragua. With Pensionado Visas, “According to Article 8 of the law, a foreign retiree “cannot work in any industrial or commercial activity or hold a job paid in local currency.” But the Nicaraguan consulate in the United States assures us that the law is open to liberal interpretation. If you want to open a small hotel or restaurant, such as, an enterprise that would benefit the community in some way, say by attracting tourists or creating jobs, then you’d merely have to present your plan to the Ministry of Economy and Industry and ask for an exception to the rule.”
“There is, in fact, one exception already on the books: If you own real estate in Nicaragua that is worth at least US$100,000 and are deemed by the Ministry of Economics and Industry to be making profitable investments in the country, then you are free to work and still receive the benefits of a foreign retiree.”
III. Research thoroughly before moving to Nicaragua. Carefully researching the visa and work permits is essential when seeking a job in Nicaragua, and you should do it early before applying for any position. It is also important to research the economic, political and cultural structure and stability of Nicaragua, as well as the effect your job may have on the local population and citizens of Nicaragua.
…as long as you don’t expect to live on your salary there is no problem. But teaching payment is about $2-3 an hour. Getting a full-time job is difficult and really, believe me, you are not the only one. By the way, do you have a work permit? For 4 hours a week you might not need it, but for more sure you do. As in any country.
…And remember. It’s the poorest country of the area. High unemployment rate . so going to find a job here as a tourist is a bit unethical now that Nicas are lately getting their TEFL as well. I know many who studied English and are now ready for teaching. But that all depends on if you personally have a problem with that or not.
I can’t stress enough, the need to research carefully. If you expect to work illegally in Nicaragua or any country abroad, you may encounter something like this:
Irresponsible behavior, poor choices, and lack of research could lead to virtual panhandling, like this:
Help Our Family Survive Through Giving Birth Abroad
If you can’t survive in your home country, what makes you think that you will be able to survive abroad?
Below are several good websites for more information in looking for work abroad.