Panama Visa & citizenship

We know how confusing and downright frustrating the Panama visa process can be. That’s why we’re here to untangle the web of paperwork and immigration procedures. Whether you’re eyeing the Friendly Nations Visa, planning your retirement with the Pensionado Visa, or aiming for the elite Golden Visa, we’ve got your back.

But let’s get real for a second. Moving to Panama isn’t always a walk in the park. The immigration system here can be a bit of a maze, especially if you’re an expat who’s not fluent in Spanish. The truth is, Panama’s migration services aren’t always equipped with the English-speaking staff you might expect. So, we’ve created this handy guide to simplify the Panama Visa process for you.

Permanent Resident Visas

If you are looking to establish permanent residency in Panama, we offer a range of resident visa options. These visas, regulated by immigration law, allow you to reside and work in Panama on a long-term basis. Here are the resident visa categories:

Economical reasons

Special Policies

  • Pensionado visa
  • Investor of the Panama Pacific Special Economic Area
  • Panama Pacific Area Workers Permit

Labor Reasons

Demographic Reason

By Special Laws

Religious reasons

  • Permanent Resident Permit as Authorities, Ministers, Rabbis, Pastors or Religious Leaders of Other Denominations

Non-Resident Visas

If you are not planning to establish permanent residency in Panama but require a visa for specific purposes, we offer non-resident visa options. These visas, issued under Panama’s immigration law, allow you to stay in Panama for a temporary period. Here are the non-resident visa categories:

Visitor Visas

Temporary Resident Visas

If you are planning to stay in Panama for a temporary period with the intention of eventually becoming a permanent resident, we offer temporary resident visa options, within the scope of the local immigration law. These visas allow you to reside and work in Panama for a specific period. Here are the temporary resident visa categories:

Labor Reasons

  • Foreign Personnel Hired as Executive in Companies of the Colon Free Zone
  • Personnel Hired by Companies Under the Marrakech Agreement

Investment Reasons

  • Forest Investor

Special Policies

  • Researcher at the City of Knowledge Foundation
  • Student of the City of Knowledge Foundation

Reasons for Education

  • Temporary for Educational Reasons

Family Reunification

  • Temporary Resident Permit for Family Reunification


  • Permit for Personnel Hired as Executive of International Companies Whose Functions Have Effects Abroad


With our comprehensive services covering a wide range of visa categories, we are here to provide you with the expertise and support you need in navigating the labor immigration law landscape. Contact us today to embark on your visa journey and ensure a smooth and successful application process.

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    Regarding the question of whether you can work in Panama with a Panama Pensionado Visa, the straightforward answer is no, you cannot. The Pensionado Visa, designed for retirees, does not permit employment in Panama.

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    NDM Law Firm & Associates have helped us through the process of Migration. They have taken the lead and made the entire journey quick and stress-free. Nisim, Judith & Christopher worked with us the entire time and explained every step of the process. Words can never express our gratitude for the attention that we have received during this process. We highly recommend NDM Law Firm & Associates to everyone in need of legal assistance and especially to all Expats that are beginning the Migration process. Thank you again to the entire staff for your hard work to help us achieve our dream of residing in Panama.
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