Work Permit Cost in 2024: Everything You Need to Know

Panama is a country with a dynamic and growing economy, which offers job opportunities locally and internationally. However, it is essential to comply with immigration laws and regulations in order to work legally and enjoy the benefits and protections that a proper work permit provides.

Obtaining a legal work permit in Panama not only allows you to work safely and securely, but it also gives you access to social services, employment benefits, and helps you establish a strong and reliable career path.

In this blog, we will provide all the necessary information about work permit fees in Panama for this year, recent changes, exemptions, and more.

Work Permit Fees in 2024

The cost of obtaining a work permit for the first time varies depending on the category to which the applicant is applying. In this sense, the options and rates announced on the website of the Ministry of Labor and Labor Development (MITRADEL) are the following:

  • Married to Panamanian nationals – cost of the procedure B/. 20.00.
  • Marrakesh Agreement – cost of the procedure B/. 40.00.
  • Workers within 10% – cost of the procedure B/. 40.00.
  • Workers within 15% – cost of the procedure B./ 40.00.
  • Indefinite work permit – cost of the procedure B/. 100.00.
  • Workers recognized as asylees, refugees, stateless persons, etc. – Cost of the procedure B/. 10.00.
  • Worker hired as an executive by a company in the Free Zone – cost of the procedure B/. 75.00.
  • Trusted staff – cost of the procedure B/. 100.00.
  • Artists with a temporary permit – cost of the procedure B/. 50.00
  • Parental authority – cost of the procedure B/. 20.00
  • Humanitarian reasons – cost of the procedure B/. 250.00
  • Diplomatic staff – cost of the procedure B/. 40.00
  • Temporary Technician – cost of the procedure B/. 40.00
  • Professional foreigner – cost of the procedure B/. 100.00
  • Friendly countries – cost of the procedure B/. 250.00
  • Panama-Italy Treaty – Cost of the procedure B/. 500.00
  • Family reunification – cost of the procedure B/. 100.00
  • Refugee by Law 74 – cost of the procedure B/. 100.00
  • Special humanitarian reasons – cost of the procedure B/. 20.00
Work Permit Fees in 2024
Work Permit Fees in 2024

As can be seen, the cost of the procedure will depend on the applicable category in each case. It should be noted that to this amount, you must add the cost of professional fees of the qualified lawyer in charge of the management.

Fee Waivers and Reductions

In certain cases, Panama work permit applicants may qualify for fee waivers or reductions. These exemptions and reductions are intended for certain specific groups. The criteria and requirements to qualify vary by group and are determined by Panama’s immigration laws and regulations.

Process for Applying for Waivers

The process for applying for exemptions on the Panama Work Permit differs depending on the case and individual circumstances. Generally, a written request will be required along with the necessary documentation supporting the waiver request.

This documentation may include proof of studies, labor certificates, employment contracts, among others. It is important to follow the steps and requirements set forth by Panama’s immigration authorities to ensure a proper and successful fee waiver application.

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