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Our experienced attorneys help clients navigate Panama’s many immigration laws, secure visas and obtain resident status within the country. Numerous types of visas authorize immigrants to remain in the country.  For example, some visas are permanent while others are temporary. Some are eligible for renewal after review. Some visas expire after a certain time period and generally are not eligible for renewal. Special types of visas are also available for investors and retirees. AFRA has helped many clients obtain the visas that satisfy their needs.

The types of visas available in Panama include:

Permanent Visas

a) Work Visa, subject to limits established by the Labor Code for foreign recruitment;

b) Self-economic Solvency Visa

c) Visa for the nationals of countries that maintain investment relations with Panama;

d) Investors Visa;

e) Visas for executives of Multinational Company Headquarters (SEM);

f) Retired or Pensioned Visa


Temporary Visas

a) Temporary Work Visa;

b) Special Temporary Visitor Visa;

c) Student Visa;

d) Missionary Visa.

AFRA has a Migration Department with extensive experience in handling these types of visas, as well as in obtaining permanent residence permits and letters of naturalization. AFRA handles all documentation relating to the entry and exit of the country and with the regularization of the immigration status of both the respective visa holder and their dependents. AFRA has helped many executives, technicians and expatriates with achieving the appropriate visa type for their situation, ensuring that clients understand and meet all the requirements to stay in Panama. Beyond presenting and obtaining a visa, AFRA ensures that the visa to be applied is the most convenient for both the foreigner and the responsible company.

Our Labor and Immigration Department, has one of the most important and extensive portfolios in terms of migration processes under taken. We represent a large number of expatriates and executives from both local and multinational companies.

With our large migration team we provide an efficient and expeditious service. We strive to minimize the time our client invests in the process and assist them in expeditiously meeting their attendance requirements.

Clients intending to move to Panama for work, business, retirement or educational purposes, can be confident that working with AFRA lawyers will give them peace of mind and sense of security that they have complied with all the requirements demanded by Panamanian immigration laws needed to remain in Panama.

Send your questions on Immigration to Partners Enna Ferrer de Carles and/or Juan Gabriel Gonzalez S.