The process to obtain permanent residence in Panama requires a licensed Panamanian lawyer. To qualify for residence, you must be able to demonstrate that you have enough money to live in Panama. You must also be able to prove that you do not have a criminal record.
There are many reasons why people want to move from their home country and settle in Panama. Some people are looking for a simpler lifestyle, others want more freedom and some just want a change of environment. Whatever your reason for wanting permanent residence in Panama, it is important that you find a licensed attorney who can help you through the process.
Permanent residents in Panama, according to Panama’s constitution, have the same rights as Panamanian citizens, with the exception of voting, running for public office and certain professions that are restricted to Panamanian nationals. Permanent residents may apply for Panamanian citizenship after a period of continuous residence in Panama.
If the foreigner comes from a country whose language is not Spanish, it is possible that the documents may be written in another language. For this, the documents will also need to be apostilled or legalized in the country of origin and translated into Spanish by a Panamanian Authorized Public Translator.
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