Panama Residency: How to Get Permanent Residency in Panama

How to Obtain Permanent Panama Residency & Visa

Panama Permanent Residency Visas

Panama offers several permanent residency visa programs.  Foreigners have several options to choose from in order to live permanently in Panama.

Here is a list with a short explanation of every Panama residency program and permanent immigration option:

1. Panama Friendly Nations Visa

If you are a citizen from one of the 50 friendly nations listed below and wish to relocate to Panama in order to conduct economic or professional business activities, you can qualify for this permanent residency program:

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein,  Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Marino, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United States of America, Uruguay, United Kingdom (Great Britain & Northern Ireland).

The applicant has the option of either investing US$200,000 in a real estate property in Panama (bank financing is allowed), or having a legalized work contract with an actual operating Panamanian company. A 2 year temporary resident visa is first obtained, and then after 2 years the applicant can apply for permanent resident status.

Learn more about Panama’s Friendly Nations Visa

2. Panama Self Economic Solvency Visa

There are 3 options available to qualify for this unique Panama economic solvency visa created to attract wealthy foreigners to become permanent Panama residents:

  1. Make an investment of at least $300,000 USD in Panama real property equity (not counting loans or mortgages amounts).  For every dependent to be included with the visa, an additional $2,000 USD must be invested.  The title can either be in a person’s name or in a Panama Private Interest Foundation (the primary applicant must either be a beneficiary or the creator).  The property cannot be in the name of a Trust or a corporation.  The primary applicant must also show the ability to support the family while living in Panama.
  2. Make an investment of at least $300,000 USD in a 3 year Panama bank time deposit (“Certificate of Deposit”).  For each dependant, an additional $2,000 USD needs to be invested.  The Panama bank CD can only be in the name of the primary applicant and not in a trust, corporation, or foundation.
  3. Combine the first two options by making an investment in both Panama real property and a Panama bank CD where the equity and cash amount total at least $300,000 USD (or foreign currency equivalent).  An additional $2,000 USD must be invested for each dependent.

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3. Panama Business Investor Visa

Foreigners can obtain a Panama Business Investor Visa by investing in a Panama business with at least $160,000 USD in capital stock.  The investor can apply for the visa as an officer or shareholder of the Panama corporation.   An additional $2,000 must be invested per dependent.

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4. Panama Reforestation Investor Visa

The Panama Reforestation Investor program offers 3 investment options:

  1. Invest a minimum $80,000 USD investment in a government certified reforestation project, and be granted a 5 year temporary resident visa.
  2. Invest US$100,000, and the applicant may obtain a 2 year temporary resident visa, and then apply for a permanent resident status.
  3. Invest US$350,000, and the applicant can obtain expedited permanent resident status within a 30 day period.

Learn more about Panama’s Reforestation Investor Visa 

5. Panama Retired or Pensioned Program

Retirees or people with lifetime annuities or pensions can qualify for the Panama Pensioner Visa, also know as the Panama retirement visa.  This permanent residency visa is for anyone over 18 years of age who obtains monthly pensions or annuities of at least $1,000 USD for the rest of their lives.  An additional $250 per month must be received for each dependent. Married couples can combine their annuities or pensions to meet the minimum requirement.  An exception exists where the primary applicant purchases Panama real estate valued at least $100,000 lowering the monthly minimum to $750.  The annuity or pension can come from a government, military, a corporation, a bank, an insurance company, a Trust, or private company.  There are many discounts available to card carrying pensioners in Panama including pharmacies, restaurants, hotels, movie theaters, concerts, and domestic airfare.

Learn more about the Panama Pensionado Visa

6. Marry a Panama Citizen

A legal, valid marriage (not a sham) to a Panama citizen can lead to permanent residency. Learn more about How To Marry in Panama

7. Qualified Investor Program

The Qualified Investor program offers international investors an “expedited” (30 day process) opportunity to obtain legal permanent residency status in Panama, leading to citizenship in Panama (and a Panama passport). Applicants must choose one of the three available options: 1) Invest $300,000 in real estate; 2) Invest $500,000 in the purchase of securities on the Panama Stock Market; 3) Invest $750,000 in a time deposit at a bank in Panama (the bank must have a general banking license), for a term of five (5) years. Learn more about the Qualified Investor Program

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