Just how much hassle is it to quality for residency? For someone that needs to establish that as quickly as possible so they don't have to be enslaved to their countries' tax system, its really crucial. The downside is usually you can't leave Nicaragua for a long time during your process of establishing residency. If there are good URL's explaining the hoops one must jump through, please share. :) And does investment in the country speed things along? And can your own home be an investment? And if you rent out rooms in that home, is that income taxable? Are the tax rates high? If you employ Nicaraguans, does that help anything?