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Unemployment and immigration laws are two of the obstacles that stand in the way of foreigners getting paid work in Nicaragua which make it difficult, though not impossible to get a job. Nicaragua has a 3.9 percent unemployment rate and a 46.5 percent underemployment rate which means when trying to find work in this country foreigners will be facing the same dismal statistics as the citizens of Nicaragua. Also due to immigration laws, foreigners will have to prove that their job could not have been given to a Nicaraguan citizen. There are quite a few colleges and English language institutes located in the major cities which hire English speaking natives and pay anywhere between three and ten dollars an hour. Nicaragua’s status as a Highly Indebted Poor Country means that many non-profits and international organizations also work in the country and hire foreigners with engineering, medical, agriculture, economic and development experience. Citizens of the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom do not need to get a business visa for working or travelling in the country less than 90 days, but they do need to get a tourist card when the enter the country for $5. The best source of updated information for Nicaraguan working permits is still through the United States Embassy of Nicaragua.

By Michelle Lillie
I am currently living on my fourth continent. I think that backpacks are one of the greatest inventions of all times. I adhere to the idea that if...
17 Feb 2009

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