Immigration Lawyer Panama

Looking for the best Immigration Lawyer Panama?

The constant economic growth of Panama, the investment in infrastructure and mobility with the Panama Metro, the real estate offer, the natural and tourist attractions, the solid financial and business structure, as well as a dollarized economy, are some of the attractions that Panama has and have made entrepreneurs, retirees and investors look to our country as a place to relocate.


Foreign investment in Panama has been a key point of focus for governments and business associations, promoting actions such as tax benefits for those who wish to relocate to Panama.

In Panama Legal Business we have the support of more than a decade of experience providing immigration services before the National Immigration Service, with a team of lawyers, secretaries, assistants, and officers to ensure a high-quality service. Therefore, we are chosen when clients are looking for the best immigration lawyer Panama.

Our team also provides advice in the processing of work permits before the corresponding ministry for all aspects related to the norms that regulate labor immigration issues in the Republic of Panama.

Principal services

Our firm has been responsible for several processes related to the National Immigration Service:

  • Work permits.

  • Temporary visitor's visa as a student.

  • Visa under resolution of the Ministry of Labor.

  • Permanent residence visa for friendly countries.

  • Multiple entry and exit visas.

  • Processing of work visas for foreigners.

Panama has positioned itself as one of the best countries to immigrate to in Latin America and this is due to these reasons:

  • Fast and simple residency procedures.

  • High speed Internet.

  • Excellent telephone service.

  • Excellent mobility in the city thanks to the Panama Metro, the only subway line in Central America.

  • Citizens' security.

  • International Banking Center.

  • Special benefits for investors and retirees.

  • Real estate development.

  • Dollarized economy, growing and stable.

  • Affordable cost of living.

  • Legal security for foreign investments.

Process your visa

If you are contemplating moving to Panama and making this country your permanent place of residence, it is very important that you take note of the general requirements you need to fulfill to qualify. These requirements must be handled by the best immigration lawyer Panama:

  • All visa applications must be processed through a lawyer or law firm in Panama.

  • All documents must be of current date. These must have been issued at least 2 months prior to the application. Passports must be valid for at least one year. Bank references will be valid for one month from the date of issuance.

  • Marriage and birth certificates must be original. If you have dependents, they may be considered under that figure up to 25 years of age if a current certification of studies is presented.

  • All applications must be presented with a health certificate issued in Panama.

  • All official documents from abroad must be duly authenticated by Apostille or certified by a notary and by the Panamanian Consulate in the country where the documents have been issued.

There are several reasons why our country authorizes a foreign person to live permanently, and depending on the reason, the requirements, procedures, and costs may vary.  The guarantee that these procedures can be done correctly lies in hiring the services of the best immigration lawyer Panama.

Below are the main types of visas for residency in Panama:

Friendly Countries Visa

This visa applies to citizens of fifty countries that maintain friendly, professional, economic and investment relations with Panama. The countries qualified for this visa are: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States of America, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico, Paraguay. 

To apply for this visa, an application for a temporary residence permit must be filed with the immigration office, which is valid for two years. After this time has elapsed, an application for permanent residence may be filed, which may take about six months to process. Once the application is approved, the temporary permit is replaced by the permanent residence permit. 

Pensioned or Retired Visa

The applicant for this visa must be a pensioned or retired employee of a foreign government, private company, or international organization. The applicant must provide evidence of monthly and lifetime income of not less than one thousand dollars (US$1,000.00) per month, or its equivalent in the currency of another country.

Economic Solvency Visa

This visa applies to any foreigner who has the capacity to make a minimum investment of three hundred thousand dollars (US$300,000). If dependents are included, an additional two thousand dollars (US$2,000) must be added for each one.

This investment can be made under any of these three alternatives: a fixed-term deposit, a real estate investment, a fixed-term deposit + a real estate investment.

Panama-Italy Treaty Visa

This visa is especially for Italian citizens and was created in 1966. With this visa, permanent residency can be obtained within five to six months.

Private Income Retiree Visa

Those interested in this type of visa must credit a fixed-term account with the necessary funds so that the interest earned from the deposit represents a monthly income of eight hundred and fifty dollars (US$850.00). The fixed-term deposit must be made at Banco Nacional de Panama or at Caja de Ahorros. It should be noted that these accrued interests must be free of liens, mortgages or guarantees for a period of five years.

Investor Visa

This visa applies to any foreigner who wishes to invest in a macro company in Panama, with a minimum share capital of one hundred and sixty thousand dollars (US$160,000) declared and paid. Whoever applies for this visa must be a shareholder and/or officers of the company. The activities of the company cannot be those that are exclusive to Panamanians.

Reforestation Investors Visa

This visa allows investors to obtain residency in Panama, whenever they make an investment in a reforestation project approved and regulated by the Panamanian Ministry of Environment (MiAMBIENTE). The minimum investment must be eighty thousand dollars (US$80,000), in a reforestation project certified by the Ministry of Environment. This implies the purchase of at least five hectares of titled land.

Married to a Panamanian Visa

This visa applies to foreigners who have contracted a marriage with a Panamanian citizen and who live together with stability and continuity. It should be noted that it is not a grant of this visa to a foreigner who marries a Panamanian citizen and that the National Immigration Service has the full power to deny entry or residence.

Visa for Specialized Professionals

Any foreigner working in a company in Panama, as a professional and paying social security taxes, can become a permanent resident after two years of being a temporary resident.

Visa for Parents of Panamanian Children:

Foreign parents with children born in Panama may apply for permanent residency through the Family Reunification Program. It should be noted that the children must be at least five years old at the time of filing the application.

In Panama Legal Business we have a team of lawyers specialized in Immigration Law, with extensive experience advising clients of various nationalities seeking the assistance of the best immigration lawyer Panama. We take care of all the procedures with detail and agility, with the purpose of making our clients feel satisfied.

For more information about requirements, costs, and visa alternatives, please contact us and we will gladly advise you.

Whether you are interested in residing temporarily or permanently in Panama, our team can guide you through the different programs and alternatives that Panama offers to obtain residency such as business, investments, retirees/pensioners or having the nationality of a friendly country. Contact us to know your case and advise you which is the best way to obtain your residency in Panama.

We invite you to learn more about our services, visit us on our website or contact us at +507 835 5810 in Panama City and +507 774 0125 in David City, email, WhatsApp +507 6430 7051 or visit us in Marbella, Torre Banistmo, Office 1021, Panama City, Panama and Interprovincial Building, Office 8, David City, Chiriqui.