• Power of attorney
  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • Certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Second form of identification, e.g. identity card or citizenship certificate
  • Criminal background check from your country of origin, less than 6 months old
  • This document must be authenticated at the Panamanian Consulate in your country of origin, or Apostilled in your country of origin
  • Medical certificate of good health issued in Panama by a qualified doctor
  • Documents to demonstrate professional or economic ties with Panama
  • Proof of financial solvency, through a bank reference letter showing a balance of at least USD $5,000 in a Panamanian bank.
  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • Certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Marriage certificate, authenticated or apostilled (valid for 1 year)
  • Notarized proof of address in Panama, e.g. rental contract or letter from hotel
  • Proof of financial solvency: if the bank reference letter comes from a joint bank account (under the name of the main applicant and the spouse), it is recommended to show a balance of USD $8,000 (rather than $5,000).

The main applicant is allowed to include dependent children as long as their are 25 years old or younger. The requirements for dependent children include:

  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • If the child is 12 years old or more, certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Authenticated or apostilled birth certificate, less than 1 year old, demostrating that the child is related to the applicant.
  • If the main applicant is the only parent in the application, letter from the other parent authorizing their children application
  • If the dependent child is 18 years old or more, it is necessary to demonstrate the child is single and enrolled as a full-time student in Panama.
  • Power of attorney
  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • Certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Second form of identification, e.g. identity card or citizenship certificate
  • Criminal background check from your country of origin, less than 6 months old
  • This document must be authenticated at the Panamanian Consulate in your country of origin, or Apostilled in your country of origin
  • Medical certificate of good health issued in Panama by a qualified doctor
  • Documents to demonstrate professional or economic ties with Panama
  • Proof of financial solvency, through a bank reference letter showing a balance of at least USD $5,000 in a Panamanian bank.
  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • Certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Marriage certificate, authenticated or apostilled (valid for 1 year)
  • Notarized proof of address in Panama, e.g. rental contract or letter from hotel
  • Proof of financial solvency: if the bank reference letter comes from a joint bank account (under the name of the main applicant and the spouse), it is recommended to show a balance of USD $8,000 (rather than $5,000)

The main applicant is allowed to include dependent children as long as their are 25 years old or younger. The requirements for dependent children include:

  • Original passport valid for at least six (6) months.
  • Five (5) passport-size photographs
  • Certified check for two hundred and fifty dollars (US $ 250.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Treasury
  • If the child is 12 years old or more, certified check for eight hundred dollars (US $ 800.00) from a local bank in favor of the National Immigration Service
  • Authenticated or apostilled birth certificate, less than 1 year old, demostrating that the child is related to the applicant.
  • If the main applicant is the only parent in the application, letter from the other parent authorizing their children application
  • If the dependent child is 18 years old or more, it is necessary to demonstrate the child is single and enrolled as a full-time student in Panama.

Can be completed in 10 days.The objective of Phase 1 is to file the application and for the applicant and his dependents to obtain a Temporary Residency card. It is possible to complete this phase in 10 days or less if all documentation is ready.

The applicant and his dependents must be physically present in Panama because the Temporary Residency Card uses a photo taken in the Panama Immigration Office.

This is a sample breakdown of your time in Panama:

Day 1

  • Meet with your attorney and fill out paperwork.
  • Open the bank account.
  • Obtain certified checks for main applicant and dependents.
  • Obtain bank reference letter or bank statement on this day or the next day.

Day 2

  • Register passport at the Panama Immigration Office (USD $5 per person).
  • This might take the whole day. Immigration offices are usually crowded.
  • It might be possible to submit the application this day, and speed up the process. But it depends on whether passport registration is completed fast.

Day 3

  • Submit the application for Permanent Residency at the Panama Immigration Offices.
  • Have picture taken and receive Temporary Residency ID.
  • Immigration will hold your passport for 2 days.

Day 4-5

  • Request Multiple-Entry Visa, if applicants plan to go back to their home country.

Day 6

  • Pick up your passport and Multiple-Entry Visa at our office.

We suggest planning for 10 days in the event that unexpected circumstances cause a delay. For example, consider power outages at the Immigration Office.

The Temporary Residency Card allows you to obtain a Panamanian Driver’s license valid for the same period of your Temporary Residency Card. You may want to obtain yor driver’s license in this phase, and it does NOT require the assistance of a lawyer.

About 3 months.There is usually a 3-6 month wait period between phases, and applicants usually travel back to their home country. This requires a Multiple-Entry Visa; otherwise, the applicant will be fined USD $2,000 upon his return to Panama to complete the residency process.

Once application is a approved.In Phase 2, the applicant and his dependents obtain the Permanent Residency card.

The date of return depends on the approval of the application by Immigration.

Upon arrival, it takes one to two days to complete the Friendly Nations Visa process and receive the Permanent Residency Card. This requires one more visit to the Panama Immigration Office.

Optionally, you can apply for the E-Cédula (National ID). This can be completed at any time after the Friendly Nations Visa application is approved. This ID is not mandatory, but is highly recommended.

Approved applicants have 6 months to return to Panama and complete the residency process, or they may be fined USD $50 per person in the application.