Panama

Qualified Investor Permanent Residency

Panama’s golden visa gives investors permanent residency immediately upon approval, without the need for physical presence. Note, however, that keeping the permanent resident status in contingent on visiting Panama at least every two years.

Investors may choose to qualify through real estate acquisitions, bank deposits, or fund investments.

A path to citizenship is available to those who can demonstrate fluency in Spanish. Timelines for naturalization range from one to five years, depending on the original nationality.

 

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Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenship5 years
Time to permanent residencyImmediately upon approval
Minimum investmentUS$300,000 (US$500,000 from Oct. 2022)
Physical presence requirementAt least one visit every two years to maintain status
Application processing time1-2 months
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to141 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableProperty Investment, Bank Deposit, Fund Investment

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