The procedure for obtaining a work permit in the Republic of Panama consists of several steps that must be followed in an orderly manner. The general procedure is detailed below:

  1. Registration: The first step is to register with the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development to provide confidential information about the applicant and their contribution to the local labor market.
  2. Requirements: You must present all the necessary requirements for the type of work permit you are applying for.
  3. Preparation of the file: Organize all the required documentation according to the specifications of the type of work permit you are requesting. The services of a Panamanian law firm or an independent Panamanian lawyer are required.
  4. Case analysis: The Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development will analyze your application and the documents submitted to determine if you meet the requirements established by Panamanian law.
  5. Case approval: Once your case is approved, you will receive a green light to proceed with the next step.
  6. Validation signatures: Your file will go through a validation process and be signed by competent authorities.
  7. Notification and/or reconsideration: If necessary, you will be notified of the final decision or given the opportunity to reconsider some aspect of your application.
  8. Payment and issuance of the card: You must make the corresponding payment for the work permit, and your work permit card will be issued.
  9. Case filing: Once the process is complete, your case will be filed for future reference.

It is important to follow each step in detail and meet all the established requirements to successfully obtain a work permit in Panama. Remember that specific procedures may vary depending on the type of work permit requested, so it is essential to consult the current regulations and the official information provided by the competent authorities.

If you need to apply for a work permit in the Republic of Panama, please contact us at +507 6290-3468 or send an email to