Immigrating to Panama - an easy way?
Almost. As a citizen of one of the 50 "friendly nations" you now have a window of opportunity. The permanent residence permit in credit card format is payable and feasible. The costs are extremely low compared to other countries. For less than $5,000 (even less for family members and pensioners), you can start in the new country or at least have your Plan B for the future in your pocket.
Nur 3 Bedingungen - als Bürger einer "Friendly Nation"
It's that simple - if you're a citizen of a friendly nation
The following states are covered by the "Friendly Nation" programme, whereby the spouse may also have a different nationality as a "dependent applicant":
Canada, Mexico, United States, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Israel, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, All countries of the EUROPEAN UNTION (except Romania and Bulgaria), Andorra, San Marino, Monaco, Montenegro, Liechtenstein, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom
Evidence of integrity
A criminal record extract without entries. This extract must be signed with an international apostille for Panama.
For pensioners with a state pension of at least $ 1'000,- this is the only condition they have to fulfill!
If your document has a bagetell penalty as an entry, my partner law firm can arrange an individual case examination in advance ($ 400.-).
Proof of economic activity intentions
(does not apply to retirees)
The formal founding of a Panama company. It remains inactive until you want to earn money with it or liquidate it afterwards.
Alternatively, the construct of an "employment contract" can be selected. The details of this service must be discussed personally.
Or you invest in real estate.
Proof of liquidity on Panamanian bank account - does not apply to retirees
The opening of a bank account is unfortunately the most difficult part of the process, but with the mediation of the lawyer's office it is well feasible.
You have to deposit $ 5'000,- into this account, $ 2'000,- for each "dependent" family member.
This money is yours, and you can dispose of it after completing the formalities.
... and that's how it could be in time:
In Panama, a lawyer is required for the entire process of obtaining the Residencia Permanente. How do you find a good lawyer? How do you find out about the costs and necessary documents in English? How do you get your lawyer to take action before you arrive so that you don´t have to extend your trip or leave without a Residencia card?
My offer: Mediation of a good attorney with cost calculation and detailed informations in English. By sending your request you start step 1 to your Residencia Permanente.
My core competence of many years is real estate. Nevertheless, I am happy to pass on my experience and my network regarding Residencia Permanente. Your perfect start in Panama is a win-win situation. Because I would also like to be your trusted advisor later, when finding your dream condo, your house or when supervising construction in Panama.
All-round carefree support
YOU DON'T SPEAK SPANISH? DON'T KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND PANAMA YET? DON'T WANT TO WANDER AIMLESSLY IN THE STREETS AT 30°C? MAKE YOUR FIRST PANAMA TRIP AN EXPERIENCE AND LET THE BUREAUCRACY RUN IN THE BACKGROUND.
For a reasonable daily rate including all expenses you will get a personal assistance during your first Panama trip, tailored to your needs. This includes among other things:
Coordination of all appointments (lawyer, legal translator, bank, migration authority, etc.) so that you don't have to extend your trip but at the end have the temporary RESIDENCIA card + multi-entry visa in your hands.
Accompanying you to all lawyer's and authority appointments for translation
Organization of a Panamanian SIM card including unlimited data volume (so you can be reached by phone without roaming costs in Panama), UBER app, RAPID pass for the Metro)
Tips for your leisure activities between appointments, Metro test drive, doctor's referral, restaurant and shopping tips, etc.
Conditions: The personal assistance in cooperation with a business partner during your two-week Panama trip is only possible if the processing is carried out by my partner attorney's office, because then I know that the process works properly. Another prerequisite is an early arrangement of the travel date. Costs include all expenses and card recharges depending on the number of days booked between $ 135.00 and 185.00 per day.