Professional Permanent Residency Visa

In this in-depth guide of Professional Permanent Residency visa Program, we will explore the key aspects of this visa, from the qualifications required to the application process and the essential documents, all within the context of Professional Permanent Residency.

Qualifications for Professional Permanent Residency

To qualify for this visa, foreign professionals must possess a degree, whether it’s a Technical Superior University (TSU) degree, a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or a Doctorate. It’s important to emphasize that this visa is applicable to careers not reserved exclusively for Panamanian nationals.

Benefits of Professional Permanent Residency

The Professional Permanent Residency visa initially grants a two-year residency in Panama, providing ample time for foreign professionals to settle and explore their career opportunities in this vibrant country. After the initial period, you can apply for permanent and indefinite residency, making this an attractive option for those looking for long-term prospects in Panama.

One of the significant advantages of this visa is the Professional work permit in Panama, ensuring that you can pursue your profession without any hindrance. Additionally, you have the right to include your dependents, including your spouse, children, and parents, in your application.

Application Process and Considerations

When applying for this visa, applicants will receive a Professional Permanent Residency visa that’s valid for two years. Once this period expires, applicants can opt for permanent residency with the right to obtain a Panamanian ID card (cedula). However, it’s important to note that only the principal applicant is entitled to a Professional work permit in Panama.

Panama’s Professional working permit


Therefore, if you’re relocating with your spouse, and they also possess a professional degree, it’s advisable to make separate applications. Each individual should apply for their visa independently.

Requirements for Professional Permanent Residency

To initiate the application process for Professional Permanent Residency, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Power of Attorney: Prepare and submit a notarized power of attorney signed by the foreign applicant.
  • Photographs: Include three (3) recent photographs as part of your application.
  • Notarized Passport Copy: Provide a duly notarized copy of your passport, authenticated by the corresponding authority.
  • Criminal Record Certificate: Furnish a criminal record certificate from your home country or the last country of residence. This document should be apostilled appropriately.
  • Health Certificate: Include a health certificate as part of your application.
  • Certified Checks: Prepare two certified checks, one for B/250.00 payable to the National Treasury and another for B/800.00 payable to the National Migration Service.
  • Sworn Declaration Form: Complete the Sworn Declaration Form for Personal Background.
  • Educational Qualifications: Provide a duly apostilled or authenticated copy of your university degree, whether it’s a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate. In the case of a foreign degree, the degree must be revalidated by the National University of Panama or the Technological University.
  • Homologation Process: Ensure that your foreign degree goes through the homologation process with the relevant national authorities, such as the University of Panama or the Technological University.

Dependents’ Requirements

If you plan to include dependents in your application, you’ll need to provide the following documents:

  • Letter of responsibility
  • Proof of kinship
  • Proof of address
  • For dependents over 18 years old, a certificate of singleness and certified educational records

In summary, Panama offers foreign professionals a pathway to establish themselves in the country with the Professional Permanent Residency visa. With the right qualifications and documentation, you can embark on a journey of professional and personal growth in this beautiful and culturally rich nation.


What is the difference between a work visa and a work permit?

A work visa is typically a type of permission to enter a country for employment, while a work permit is the authorization to work once you’re already in that country.

Can I move to Panama and work?

Yes, you can move to Panama and work with Professional Permanent Residency visa program.

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