Panama Pensionado Program
Panama Pensionado Program

Panama Pensionado Program

The fundamental requirement to opt for the Panama retirement visa is that you must receive some type of retirement or pension from an international agency, foreign government or private company, of at least 1.000USD (One thousands United States dollars) and this retirement or pension must be for life.

In the event that the pension does not reach 1000 US dollars, but is higher than 750 US dollars, then it is possible to cover the difference with an investment in real estate, through the acquisition of a Panamanian property, valued at a minimum of 100 thousand US dollars.

It could also be applied as a couple and in that case the sum of both pensions must be at least 1200 US dollars.

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This panama retirement visa will guarantee the applicant permanent residence in Panama and a large number of benefits that we will name below within this article.

WATCH THIS VIDEO BEFORE CONTINUING ….

We invite you to watch this video where our legal expert explains the requirements and exceptions to obtain a retiree visa in Panama for retirees with or without dependents:


What is the Panama retirement visa?

Also called pensionado visa in Panama, the Panama pensionado immigration program is regulated by Executive Decree No. 320 of August 8, 2008 that allows people who receive a pension or retirement to apply for permanent residence in Panama.

Panama retirement visa guarantees a number of additional advantages, especially discounts on products and services.

The National Migration Service of Panama explains that there is no minimum or maximum age to apply for this permanent residence permit.

Anyone, regardless of nationality, can apply for it. It will only be necessary to meet the visa requirements that we explain below.

What other names does retirement visa in panama have?

Panama has Spanish as its native language so this visa is originally called: Visa de Pensionado o Jubilado en Panamá.

In this article we will refer to the pensioner or retiree in different ways.
That is why this visa can be called in english as pensionado visa, retirement visa or retiree visa, Panama pensionado program, Retirees and Pensioner Visa.

Panama Retirement Visa Requirements:

The fundamental requirement to opt for the Panama retirement visa is that you must receive some type of retirement or pension from an international agency, foreign government or private company, of at least 1.000USD (One thousands United States dollars) and this retirement or pension must be for life.

In the event that the pension does not reach 1000 US dollars, but is higher than 750 US dollars, then it is possible to cover the difference with an investment in real estate, through the acquisition of a Panamanian property, valued at a minimum of 100 thousand US dollars.

This panama retirement visa will guarantee the applicant permanent residence in Panama and a large number of benefits that we will name below within this article.

  • Foreign applicants who receive retirement or pension from a foreign government, international organization or private company, who enter the national territory to settle in it and have sufficient economic means to cover all their living expenses and those of their dependents in the country.
  • The monthly income or pension may not be less than one thousand balboas (USD.1,000.00) and must be granted for life.
  • Power of Attorney and Application through a lawyer (This power of attorney will be done by the attorney at the abogadospanama.net firm)
  • Three (3) passport-type photographs with a white background.
  • Copy of passport
  • Criminal Record Certificate
  • Health Certificate
  • All documents from abroad must be apostilled and translated to spanish by a Panamanian public translator (we can help you with this)

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE

The certification proving the status of retired or pensioned may be seven hundred and fifty US Dollars (USD /. 750.00) in cases where:

1. The applicant has acquired a property in a personal capacity in the national territory for a sum exceeding one hundred thousand US Dollars (USD/.100,000.00).

Note: In the cases of the spouses, it may be chosen to credit the sums of both to comply with the minimum of the established pension that is one thousand US Dollars (USD / .1,000.00).

In the case of dependent children, their leave will be temporary until they reach twenty-five (25) years of age as long as they prove that they are doing complete studies, however they will not be entitled to permanence or pensioner status. Except for those dependent children who suffer from a proven profound disability.Note: In the event that dependents are children, their residence permit will be temporary until they reach the age of 25, provided that it is proven that they are studying full-time. However, they will not have the right to the continuity of the Pension Visa, except for those cases of dependent children suffering from some type of demonstrated physical or mental disability.

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Benefits of the Panama Retirement Visa

The resident of Panama who holds a retiree or pensioner visa enjoys several benefits such as special discounts in shops and events as well as exception of important taxes.

Benefits of the Panama Retirees and Pensioner Visa
Benefits of the Retiree or Pensioner Visa in Panama

Discounts for Pensionado in Panama

  • 1% discount on mortgages for housing (personal residence)
  • 10% discount on prescription drugs.
  • 15% discount on hospital bills.
  • 15% discount in fast food restaurants.
  • 15% discounts on dental and eye exams.
  • 15% discount on loans made in your name.
  • 20% discount on medical consultations.
  • 20% discount on professional and technical services.
  • 25% discount in restaurants.
  • 25% discount on air ticket prices.
  • 25% discount on utility bills.
  • 30% discount on Bus, Boat and Train fares.
  • 30% discount on hotel stays (Friday to Sunday)
  • 50% discount on hotel stays (Monday to Thursday)
  • 50% discount on home loan closings.
  • 50% discount on entertainment venues such as: Cinemas, Concert Halls, Sporting Events, among others (anywhere in the country)

Tax exemption for foreigners with a Panama Retirement Visa

  • 100% exemption in the payment of import taxes of vehicles every two (2) years.
  • Privilege for once of the imposition of the payment of tax for the purchase of household items until reaching the figure of $ 10,000 US Dollars.
  • 100% tax exemption on your pension or retirement
  • Option to apply for the Certificate of Tax Resident of the Republic of Panama
  • Avoid double taxation (with countries where the convention exists)
  • You can apply for the permanent residence permit in Panama in a few phases, (this permit will grant you the “CEDULA E”)
  • You will also be able to opt for the Panamanian passport through naturalization (once you obtain the E card and meet the requirements)
  • You will be able to apply for a permanent residence permit in Panama in a few steps (this permit will grant you the “CEDULA E”).
  • You can also opt for a Panamanian passport through naturalization (once you obtain the E card and meet the requirements).

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What are the phases that must be traveled to obtain permanent residence with the panama retirement visa?

PHASE 1: Sending and reviewing grouped requirements by email.
Day 1: Interview with lawyer

the meeting is held with the lawyer for the review of the requirements and the payment of the fees to initiate the immigration process.

DAY 2: (Requires the presence of the foreigner)

The foreign applicant and the legal representative or his assistant appear before the offices of the National Migration Service of Panama to submit the application for the processing of the Panama Retirement Visa.

That same day they will give the first provisional residence card to the foreign applicant, with a validity of 6 months, they will also grant him a multiple entry and exit visa stamped on the passport that will allow him to enter and leave Panama without problems and without paying any exit tax.

WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THIS?

Regularly the immigration agents will indicate that you must wait 3 to 5 months while the officers in charge of reviewing documents in migration issue the resolution of approval of the resident permit through the Retiree or Pensioner Visa in Panama.

At the time the immigration resolution is listed, the lawyer is notified by the national migration service of Panama that the resolution has been issued and from that moment they can and should attend the immigration offices in Panama to obtain a new permanent residence processing card through the Retiree or Pensioner Visa in Panama

Phases of the Panama Retirees and Pensioner Visa
Phases that must be traveled to obtain permanent residence with the residence permit Visa of Retiree or Pensioner in Panama

Why do more and more foreigners trust the of Mrs. Julissa Ortega’s law firm in Panama?

  • The attention is given by an expert in the subject with an extensive experience in Panama.
  • Provides continuous accompaniment.
  • It carries out the continuous follow-up by lawyers experts in the process.
  • Civil, commercial and real estate legal advice with our team of lawyers

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00:34 24 May 23
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I recommend Dr. Julissa Ortega, and I appreciate her help with the procedures before the immigration office of Panama.Since, he helped me to manage the pertinent procedures to obtain the residence permit for retired people and/or pensioners before the migration office. Which ended with success and very good and diligent treatment by her office.
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NOTE: In Panama Law 3 of February 22, 2008 that creates the National Immigration Service regulates and requires the hiring of qualified Panamanian Lawyers to serve as legal proxies and representatives of any foreigner who wishes to apply for a residence visa in Panama, otherwise the foreigner will not be able to apply for a residence permit in Panama.

In Panama residence permits for foreigners ARE NOT OBTAINED directly from any government entity without the legal services and exclusive representation of a Panama Attorney acting as a legal proxy.

We do not offer the direct obtaining of official documents, we offer legal services in which we represent our clients under the Panamanian laws so that they obtain them fulfilling the requirements of law including being represented by a qualified lawyer in the Republic of Panama.