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acrosswaters
1/12/2022 11:53 EST

I'm an American interested in getting my Nicaraguan passport. As I understand, upon getting the Nicaraguan passport, they require you to "renounce" your first citizenship but do not actually enforce it and make you go through on anything. So I understand I'd have to leave and enter Nicaragua only using the Nica passport and use my US passport when I enter and leave the US. Does anyone have experience with this? Can you let me know if there were any issues with the Nicaraguan authorities keeping the US passport after getting the Nica one? Thanks!!

brownvan81
1/17/2022 02:03 EST

Don't give up your US Passport, a very hard t


to redo in the future .

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KeyWestPirate
1/16/2022 14:45 EST

It's been an informative thread.

And the topic is of interest to many who have invested time and money in Nicaragua.


The question at hand is,, would one be more secure as a Nicaraguan citizen?

Especially considering that one can retain his US passport ?


It seems the best of both worlds.

atz111
1/16/2022 09:50 EST

I stand corrected. My erroneous info in that post is a good example of the dangers of posting something from another online post, rather than going to the source. It sounded informed, but was far from it.

volcan357
1/16/2022 01:17 EST

The US does permit you to have dual citizenship. I have both American and Panamanian citizenship. One of my daughters also has American and Panamanian citizenship. Another of my daughters has American and Mexican citizenship. My sister has American and Australian citizenship. My sister's two kids have triple citizenship (American, Australian and Canadian). The US might not recognize your other citizenship but they don't prevent you from having it. The only requirement they have is that as an American citizen you have to use an American passport to enter the country.

atz111
1/15/2022 15:51 EST

USA does not permit dual citizenship. So if you become a citizen of NICA , you in effect renounce USA citizenship. Renouncing USA is not all that difficult. But don't worry about that now as you have a long way to go to become Nica citizen. You may be confusing that with residency..which you can have in multiple countries.

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Diane622
1/15/2022 14:52 EST

You dont start off with citizenship, you begin with residency which in itself takes some time work and money. You get your cédula, residency card. Then after a couple years progress to further levels. I am no expert just relating personal experience. With a nica cédula in hand you enterleave nica borders only showing that. You absolutely retain your us passport to enter costa rica, the us, etc. Etc. Most everywhere except: (Nica cédula i believe only works for entering Guatemala, el Salvador, etc. Small local group aggrement i forget what its called. Pirate knows list ask him.)
Hope that helps. To reiterate, i dont think you ever give up your us passport. Or citizenship. Renouncing is so very difficult only a few hundred a year worlwide do it. Irs wants what you might make, hide. Etc. Fascinating to study rules about that! Good luck.

acrosswaters
1/14/2022 07:48 EST

Thanks for the info!

paddyoperry
1/12/2022 19:47 EST

So I got my passport in 2013, I did sign a document that said I renounced but with no backup. I did not have to provide any apostilled anything, really nothing more than that piece of paper.
I didn't even know that it was one of the doc's that I signed.
I learned later that the US doesn't recognize that renunciation. No way they let you out without coughing up 30% of your net worth.
I was afraid to use my NicaPort to enter, every Nica that I asked said to use the us passport, so I did, for years. Finally, needing desperately to get to Nica after being locked away from my wife due to the scam for 6 months, I jumped on a repatriation flight from Miami using the Nicaport. No one batted an eye. Left on it too. Went back on the us doc, no problems.

volcan357
1/12/2022 19:22 EST

Hello. I subscribe to the Nicaraguan forum because I have always been interested in Nicaragua. However I have lived in Panama for the past 22 years. In 2013 I became a Panamanian citizen. I had to renounce my American citizenship to the Panamanian government but I was not required to formally renounce it at the American Embassy. So I have both the nationalities and both passports. When I travel to anywhere in Latin America I use my Panamanian passport. The last time I was in Nicaragua I used my Panamanian passport. I had no problem at the border.

KeyWestPirate
1/12/2022 17:51 EST

Let us know what you find out.

Thanks!

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acrosswaters
1/12/2022 17:50 EST

Thanks for the response! I've been a resident for 7 years already. I'm waiting for more information from a lawyer right now about the application process.

acrosswaters
1/12/2022 17:47 EST

I'm not asking how to get a passport. I'm asking if anyone in this forum has already gotten a Nica passport. I'd like to know about the "renouncing" your original passport and if there's any enforcement.

mikee2
1/12/2022 15:33 EST

marry a Nica.

KeyWestPirate
1/12/2022 12:19 EST

I had a friend do that a few years back.

No,, you don't actually have to renounce US citizenship, You can keep your US passport.

I was considering the same thing, but haven't pursued it yet. I understand that you have to live in Nicaragua as a resident for 5 years before you apply.

My friend moved to Guatemala shortly after becoming a Nica citizen. He has a small hotel on Lake Atitlan


Please let me know what you find out.

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