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Nicaragua is not part of the Visa Waiver Program

Nicaragua is not currently part of the Visa Waiver Program.  Reports of new countries being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are false. The Department of Homeland Security, which administers the VWP in consultation with the Department of State, has not announced any new VWP entrants. The full list of countries whose citizens or nationals are currently eligible

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Press Statement from the State Department

Press Release United States Department of State Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson Bureau of Public Affairs August 1, 2016 Concerns Regarding Nicaraguan Democracy and Elections Estados Unidos se encuentra profundamente preocupado por las acciones del Gobierno de Nicaragua y de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que han cerrado los espacios democráticos previo a la realización de

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Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Central and South America

Press Release THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 DR. JILL BIDEN TO TRAVEL TO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina and Panama from June 19 through June 27, 2016, where she will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and

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Opening Eighth Edition of College Horizons Outreach Program (CHOP VIII) UNAN-Managua

20 high school students selected from Nindiri, Masachapa, and Ciudad Sandino attended the opening of the eighth edition of College Horizons Outreach Program (CHOP VIII) at UNAN-Managua.   CHOP is an educational opportunity for economically disadvantaged Nicaraguan high school students of indigenous and African descent.  The scholarship program is for two and a half years and provides English language classes on

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Strengthening English Language Teaching

17 teachers from the Chichigalpa area completed the Pilot English Language Program (PELP) This program initiated with the idea to strengthen English skills for English language teachers, especially in rural areas of Nicaragua. After many months of intense training on grammar improvement, pronunciation exercises, focused learning techniques and hard work, these teachers received their completion certificate at the U.S. Embassy

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Telephone System Technical Difficulties

Due to an unanticipated technical difficulty, the U.S. Visa Call Center number for Nicaragua, 2229-1999, is currently unavailable.  We are working closely with our Call Center to get a replacement number as soon as possible. In the meantime, for assistance with non-immigrant and immigrant visas, please visit this website, where you will find information to answer most questions about the

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Rocky Mountain Institute Showcases Embassy Managua’s

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 26, 2015 The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a world-renowned research organization dedicated to the efficient and restorative use of natural resources, showcased U.S. Embassy Managua’s Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) along with five other federal projects in their most recent report for the General Services Administration (GSA) that focused on innovative

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Fadcanic Mass Media Campaign re-launching in Bilwi, RACN

On July 24, 2015, the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will launch in Puerto Cabezas the second phase of their mass media campaign titled: “Change Now, Let’s Do It!”, “Cambia ahora, Solo hazlo. ¡Detengamos la Violencia!”, “Madi

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Fadcanic Mass Media Campaign Launch in Waspam, RACN

On July 8, 2015, the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will launch a second phase of the Mass Media Campaign titled: “Change Now, Let’s Do It!”, “Cambia ahora, Solo hazlo. ¡Detengamos la Violencia!”, “Madi wak bungpah, Yamtah”,

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New Fulbrighters

A group of Nicaraguan Fulbright Scholarship recipients visited the Embassy June 17 for their pre-departure briefing.  This talented and gifted group of students will be doing Master’s degrees in U.S. universities for 2 years.  They are fantastic “ambassador” for Nicaragua and for their fields of study. They will be going to different states and we look forward to hearing updates

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Capacity Building for Community Leadership in Bilwi and Siuna

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP), in partnership with the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), continues to strengthen local capacity for governance and community leadership in Bilwi and Siuna.  Since April 27, 2015, fifty community leaders have been participating in a comprehensive

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Dramatized Radio Series on Violence Prevention in the Caribbean Coast

The Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, recently began the second phase of a three-year grant project titled “Prevention of Youth Violence and Drug Abuse through Mass Media”. The project aims to create awareness and mobilize public opinion

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Water Filter Donations

Between 20 and 22 April 2015, LTC Cris Simon and the Non-Governmental Organization Waves for Water went to rural communities in Chinandega (including Los Zorros, El Manzano and Padre Ramos) to distribute water filters and teach local residents in those communities how to use them. The filters were donated through a combined effort of the United States Southern Command and

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Baseball Clinics

Ambassador Powers threw out the first pitch in Managua to inaugurate the US Embassy, Fabretto, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and 4H leadership training for youth through sports program in Nicaragua.  The trainings took place in Managua, Somoto and Cusmapa.  The youth enjoyed learning about Quickball, a faster version of baseball that emphasizes teamwork rather than skill, to develop their leadership

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NASA Hackathon

A group of university students and other guests representing Nicaraguan universities and the private sector were dozens of the more than 12000 participants in NASA’s annual Space Apps Challenge.  The event, sponsored by UAM and the US Embassy, and held at the Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericano highlighted the importance of science for education. The International Space Apps Challenge is a

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Search and Secure Training

Six officials from the United States government’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) are in Managua this week to train Nicaraguan government officials on how to search for and secure low-level radioactive materials. The team is here as part of the Radiological Security Program, which has partners in more than 100 countries and whose mission is to reduce and protect vulnerable

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U.S. Embassy supports youth development in Puerto Cabezas, RACN

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy – IEEPP, in partnership with the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE) Young Entrepreneurs Program, is educating and strengthening the leadership skills of 40 at-risk youth from Puerto Cabezas’s semi-urban communities.  The youth began an 8-month training program on topics of personal development, youth leadership,

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Education Fair USA 2015

On March 20 fifteen U.S. higher education institutions visited Nicaragua to promote their academic programs for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, summer courses, English classes, and semester based exchange programs. The visiting commission highlighted their commitment to increasing international student enrollment and for furthering exchanges and alliances between Nicaraguan and U.S. universities.  Currently there are over 3000 students from Honduras, El

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The Embassy Hosts Regional Anti-Gang Working Group Meeting

The Embassy hosted a three day meeting to discuss anti-gang and INL programming in the region. The office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) hosted the other members of the Regional Anti-gang Working Group from Central America and Mexico. The workshop included a visit to the Fenix Foundation, an INL partner working with the community on drug prevention

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DCM Visits Nicaragua Navy Boat Repair Facility

Marta Youth, Deputy Chief of Mission, and RADM Marvin Corrales, Chief of the Nicaraguan Navy, visited the Eduardoño boat repair facility located in Managua on February 6, 2015. The facility was recently awarded a three-year contract to refurbish up to eight 38-foot Eduardoño-type boats for the Nicaraguan Navy. The NIC Navy confiscated these boats from narco-traffickers while conducting CN operations.

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Donation of Water Filters to Caribbean Coast Communities

In February, the Embassy teamed up with U.S. NGO Waves for Water to donate 170 water filter systems to the Monkey Point, Rama Cay and Brown Bank communities in the Caribbean coast. Members of the Defense Attache Office and the Office of Security Cooperation flew out to Bluefields and then traveled the rest of the way by panga to make

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Business Leaders from Bilwi Engaged to Address Citizen Security

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the U.S. NGO Project Concern International (PCI) is implementing a comprehensive program addressing education, capacity building, and community development.  As part of their POSsibilities program (Peace, Opportunity, Security), PCI partnered with the Nicaraguan Union for Corporate Social Responsibility (uniRSE) to train PCI’ staff and a group of local business leaders from

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Martin Luther King Day

The Embassy partook with 140 college students of the Universidad Evangelica Nicaraguense Martin Luther King honoring the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968). The students learned of King’s activism and how his legacy is still alive today. The audience later engaged by signing “We Shall Overcome” before visiting the school library’s photo exhibit on King

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Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award

Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award. Thriive provides micro-loans to small businesses. Unlike with traditional loans, however, entrepreneurs must repay their loan through providing a social good to their community.  As a result, those loans help small businesses grow and create jobs and strengthen their communities. Since Thriive began helping small businesses in Nicaragua

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