Residence for Professionals in Panama

To apply for a Visa for Professionals in Panama, it is necessary to have a university degree or its equivalent in the corresponding profession, provided that it is not a career exclusively reserved for Panamanian nationals. In addition to this, the submission of other documents will be required to complete the visa application.

The Visa for Foreign Professionals in Panama is a residence permit that allows foreign professionals to practice their career and live legally in a country with a growing economy and great political stability, with the possibility of obtaining permanent residency after the expiration of the initial 2-year temporary permit.

Requirements to obtain a visa for professionals in Panama

It is important to note that initially, the foreign professional visa has a duration of two years; subsequently, during the renewal process, one can apply for a “permanent residency” permit. With that said, the following are the requirements:

  • Power of attorney and application through a qualified Panamanian lawyer. 
  • 5 passport-sized photos (white background). 
  • Notarized or authenticated photocopy of the passport. Certificate of criminal records from the corresponding country of origin for the last 5 years (valid), in original and duly authenticated or apostilled. 
  • Health certificate issued by a Panamanian doctor (issued within the last 3 months). Certified check for B./250.00 made payable to the National Treasury. 
  • Certified check for B./800.00 made payable to the National Immigration Service. 
  • Sworn statement of personal background. Copy of diploma or university degree (apostilled). 
  • Homologation certificate of the degree from the University of Panama. Copy of a personal identification document (passport, ID card, driver’s license, or ID) from the country of origin.

Individuals who wish to apply for permanent residency must meet the aforementioned requirements, excluding the certificate of criminal records and certified checks. However, they must include an updated Tax Clearance Certificate (DGI) among the documents.

Can you work with this visa?

Yes, with the Visa for Professionals in Panama, you can work legally in the country in specific areas for which you have obtained a work permit.

How to initiate the application process with PGS Legal?

The first step is to schedule a meeting with one of our specialized lawyers in immigration matters, who will evaluate the case, review the requirements at hand, and inform you of the professional fees for this process. If you choose us, we will proceed with the appointment of the legal representative, who will accompany and represent you before the National Immigration Service of Panama during the Visa for Professionals application.

Once the immigration resolution is issued, the lawyer or legal representative receives the notification from the National Immigration Service. PGS Legal’s management concludes once our client has received their Visa for Foreign Professionals.

Our firm has successfully helped many professionals obtain their Residence Visa for Professionals in Panama, and we are confident that we can do the same for you! Do not hesitate to contact us to learn more about our services. We look forward to hearing from you.


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