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Panama Independent Means Visa Approval Volume on Track for All-Time High in 2023

By the end of July, Migración Panamá had approved 941 independent means visas (Jubilados o Pensionados), a 30% increase compared to the same seven months last year.

The results indicate Panama’s independent means visa will reach a new all-time high for the first time in 12 years: If approval volumes maintain their current monthly level, Panama will approve more than 1,600 such visas in 2023.

Investment-based visa approvals, meanwhile, appear to be plateauing now that the backlog of Friendly Nations Visa applications (which account for some 9 in 10 investment-based visas), accumulated up during the course of 2021 and 2022 as this program's price tag went from $5,000 to $200,000.

In aggregate, Panama's various investor visas saw 1,611 approvals during the first seven months of the year, hinting at an annual total likely to land just shy of last year's performance.

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Though Panama has operated more than a dozen different investor visas in the last decade, approvals in the last few years have been concentrated chiefly in the Qualified Investor, Self-Solvency Fixed Deposit, Self-Solvency Real Estate Investor, and Call Center Investor categories.

In both the investor and independent means categories, approval rates remain remarkably high, ranging from 95% to 97%.

Panama's preference for immigrants who invest is reflected in the high share such applicants occupy in the overall panoply of immigration to the country: In the last seven years, investor immigrants' share of all approved immigrants has averaged 15%, or about one in seven immigrants.

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