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    Nicaragua Daily update ⋅ April 9, 2017
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    The Soviet Union fought the Cold War in Nicaragua. Now Putin's Russia is back. Washington Post
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    The Soviet Union fought the Cold War in Nicaragua. Now Putin's Russia is back. Washington Post
    MANAGUA, NICARAGUA — On the rim of a volcano with a clear view of the U.S. Embassy, landscapers are applying the final touches to a mysterious ...
    What are the Russkies up to in Nicaragua? It would seem there are too few in country for the US to be concerned. A repeat of the Cold War spy vs spy, global balance of superpowers (with China buying major influence here - whether they dig it or not)? WaPo has a tendency to inflate things out of proportion.
    Nonetheless, details (tho much speculation) in the article are interesting, e.g.,
    Will Russia try to intercept "Internet traffic in the ARCOS 1 fiber-optic cable that runs from Miami down the Caribbean coast of Central America?"

    So what? A good defense means more IT jobs, and a more robust internet. Russia & China do little to help the poor here (too many sticky Sandi fingers). American corporate capitalism is transforming Nicaragua and trickle-down is working, more or less, with the growth of a strong middle class.

    We were at Migracion Central in Managua two days ago to get our baby's exit visa. Took 3 hours but was otherwise straightforward. But they're clearly clamping down on extending tourist visas beyond 90 days. Can't blame Nicaragua. They want tourists that will spend dollars, not backpackers camping out trying to escape the psycho-stress of the modern information society for as long as their meager savings last, or freelance IT workers trying to compete with the Indian juggernaut by minimizing living expense here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daddy-YO View Post

    We were at Migracion Central in Managua two days ago to get our baby's exit visa. Took 3 hours but was otherwise straightforward. But they're clearly clamping down on extending tourist visas beyond 90 days. Can't blame Nicaragua. They want tourists that will spend dollars, not backpackers camping out trying to escape the psycho-stress of the modern information society for as long as their meager savings last, or freelance IT workers trying to compete with the Indian juggernaut by minimizing living expense here.

    What's really funny is how defensive the trust fund/remittance babies are about how what they're doing with extended tourism is perfectly legal because the Nicaraguans haven't clamped down yet. It's a somewhat tricky business for the Nicaraguans. They want to make sure the US doesn't come to bat for their citizens when those citizens can't return and their stuff and real estates gets scarfed up (by squatters at the least) and they don't want a bunch of pretty surfers and yoganis crying about the cruelty of it all on US television and cutting tourism that is more valuable. Many of the people down here are too young to get legal residency and don't have employers willing to vouch for them as uniquely skilled (the bar on that seems to be relatively low if people know English and are willing to teach), or don't have $30K to invest in a business. The people who are vehement about their legal standing as perpetual tourists tend to be snarky about Latinos getting 10 year visas and going to the US to work without official green cards tying them to employers. Lo mismo, and I have more sympathy for the Latinos who do work hard in the US, generally as manual laborers and kitchen staff.

    I've read that the compromise will be "go back home and spend significant time there before returning." Ecuador made their rule six months in Ecuador, six months back home for people who weren't getting residency.

    Nicaragua doesn't give residency to anyone with an online job. Given some experiences of mine and a friend's with on-line work, I don't blame them. On-line works if you have a strong relationship with an employer before coming down, maybe.

    Up here, most of the people who either do extended tourism or don't bother with any of the niceties tend to be druggies, drunks, or both, and with an attitude. Most everyone I met my first year has gotten residency except for those categories. The border run from San Juan del Sur is cheaper and there's more people doing it and denying that they're doing anything problematic at all.

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    What tourism is there in Nicaragua at the moment?
    Where I am it's still missionaries, medical crews, and a small handful of others.


    Nicaragua is slowly getting there,, inch by inch,, and the increased ability to access the Caribbean coast should help more than anything.

    We've been having this conversation for over five years, and it seems very little has changed. However, the PROCESS for applying for residency has been made MUCH easier than in the past.

    Approvals seem to have slowed. I was told that Paul Tiffer has 27 applications on HIS desk alone waiting approval. Whether it's a Nicaraguan reaction to the Nica Act,, or something different, who knows?

    A lot of uncertainty in the world in general at the moment,, and again, although I hate to go there since it's offensive to some, a legacy of the Obama administration's non-existent foreign policy.

    Will Trump take out the Crazy Fat Kid? He'd need China's tacit agreement,, they have a lot at stake.
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