Panama’s dollar-based economy relies primarily on a well-developed service sector that accounts for more than three-quarters of its GDP. Services include operating the Panama Canal, logistics, banking, the Colon Free Trade Zone, insurance, container ports, flagship registry, tourism and Panama is a hub for offshore banking.

Program Overview

Panama offers residency through the Self-Economic Solvency Visa, which is an attractive program that will allow you to obtain Panamanian Residency.

Program Benefits
Months to Residency
Investment Amount (USD) from
Years to Citizenship

There are many benefits to be realized from these programs. Let’s take a look.

  • Panama is home to several opportunities. You can invest and start your own business or even pursue a career. The country thrives on its service economy. Other sectors such as transportation, finance, and tourism have begun to contribute as well.
  • Panama is officially considered as one of the best retirement locations in the world. You are eligible for a pensioner’s visa, which entitles you to many federal benefits.
  • Panama boasts a low cost of living with food, transportation, and utilities being much cheaper than in the US or Canada.
  • Panama is uniquely positioned geographically, being located close to the US and various other countries in the Caribbean and South America.

The petitioner receives a Temporary Residency for two (2) years and once this period has expired he may apply for his Permanent Residency. After completing five (5) years from the first Immigration Resolution, the petitioner may apply for Panamanian nationality (the process takes approximately 2-3 years).

Program Qualifications

To qualify for the programs, you must:

  • Be 18 years old or above.
  • Submit all your applications via a Panamanian lawyer.
  • Authenticate all documents by a Notary and the Panamanian Consulate or, by a Notary and an Apostille. The second option is faster and can be done through the Foreign Office if you are in the UK, and the Secretary of State Office, if you are in the US. For other countries, check with the nearest Panamanian Embassy or Consulate.
  • Submit birth certificates for dependents (children below 18) and marriage certificates.
  • Submit only the latest and most relevant documents.
  • Obtain a health certificate after undergoing tests, including an HIV test.
Investment Options

As mentioned earlier, there are two programs/investment options through which you can apply for residency.

  • Self-Economic Solvency Visa

This immigrant visa and the relevant residency permit may be requested by the members of a family group that wish to immigrate as a group and establish their permanent residence in the Republic of Panama.  The family group must have the economic means necessary to cover the family expenses for housing, food, education, health, transport and others.When applying for a Self Economic Solvency Visa the applicant must provide evidence of an investment of at least US$300,000 in Real Estate or Fixed Term Deposit or a Combination of Both.

  • Friendly Nations Immigration Program

If you are a citizen from one of the 50 friendly nations listed below and wish to relocate to Panama in order to conduct economic or professional business activities, you can qualify for this fast track permanent residency program.

The Panama 50 Friendly Nations

Great Britain USA Singapore Lithuania Hong Kong
Germany Slovakia Uruguay Latvia Luxembourg
Argentina France Chile Cyprus Liechtenstein
Australia Finland Sweden Malta Monaco
Republic of Korea Netherlands Poland Serbia Andorra
Austria Ireland Hungary Montenegro San Marino
Brazil Japan Greece Israel Taiwan
Belgium Norway Portugal Denmark Costa Rica
Canada Czech Republic Croatia South Africa Mexico
Spain Switzerland Estonia New Zealand Paraguay
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GDP (per capita)
$121.749 billion
GDP (purchasing power parity)

Panama City
75,417 km2
“Balboa (PAB) & USD $”
Tourism, Agriculture



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