Immigration

The migratory standards of the Republic of Panama allow the entrance and residence or visa of citizens of any nationality subject to specific requirements according to the nationality, occupation, and purpose of the residence in Panama. The permits and visas are divided into the following categories between others:

  • Tourism Visa.
  • Residence/Visa in Panama for labor purposes.
  • Residence in Panama for investment purposes.
  • Residence in Panama for retirement purposes.
  • Residence in Panama for being a professional. (certain professions are limited to nationals)
  • Visa for students.
  • Residence for the spouse.
  • Visa for medical purposes.
  • By president’s choice.
  • Permanent.
  • Permit as a Qualified Investor.

There are several advantages regarding the nationality of the foreigner or specific work areas (such as Panama Pacifico, Free Zone, City of Knowledge, and Branch of Multinational Companies).

After years with the permanent residence (depending on nationality, marital status with nationals, and if the foreigner has Panamanian children), they are eligible for Citizenship.

Any company wishing to establish in this country, having foreign personnel, must have proper counseling to avoid procedures not following the national migratory authorities’ parameters. Our firm offers to counsel executing all legal procedures that best adjust to their migratory situation in a professional manner.

Among other things, we provide for different clients all the services, between others, related to:

  • Temporary Resident Permit is married to Panamanian.
  • Residence permit based on the bilateral treaty of friendship between Italy and Panama.
  • Short-stay visa for researchers and scientists.
  • Temporary permit as a foreign worker based on the Marrakesh Agreement.
  • Temporary permit for religious reasons as a religious shepherd of other denominations or religious associations.
  • Temporary permit as a retired or pensioned.
  • Temporary residence permit by own economic-financial solvency by mixed inversion. (fixed-term deposit and real estate)
  • Temporary residence permit of own economic-financial solvency by fixed-term deposit.
  • Temporary residence permit of own financial solvency by investing in real estate.
  • Permanent Resident favors foreign nationals from specific countries that maintain friendly, professional, economic, and investment relationships with the Republic of Panama.
  • Presidential approval visa.

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Relevant Transactions:

  • We represent several multinational companies, including a company in the industrial and pharmaceutical sector and one of the biggest Consumer Packaged Goods Company to obtain a permanent or temporal visa to the Multinational Corporation staff.
  • We advise international consortium to obtain a temporary residence permit as expatriates employed by companies under contract with the government.
  • We represent Asian companies related to the logistics and transport sector to obtain residence permits as an executive of international companies whose functions have effects abroad (formerly known as the special temporary visitor).
  • We advise major companies to obtain a temporary residence permit under the labor ministry decision within 10% of regular staff, friendly nation visa, and 15%.
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