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What is a Permanent Resident Permit for Family Reunification Reasons?

Here we must present the differences established by Panamanian legislation in terms of requirements, depending on the applicant. In this case we have 3 types of visas with different requirements, we will explain them here:

Family Reunification as Married to a National

This permit may be applied to those foreigners who have married a Panamanian national and who live with him or her in conditions of uniqueness, stability and continuity. Once the two-year term of the provisional permit has elapsed, the foreigner may apply for permanent residence.

Requirements for applying for a Permanent Residence Permit for Family Reunification Reasons as Married to a Nationall

The requirements for applying for this permit are the following:
1. Power of attorney and application through a lawyer (notary’s office)
2. Three (3) passport size photographs of the applicant
3. Duly collated copy of the applicant’s passport (notarized or Auto.Correspondent).
4. Apostilled Certificate of Criminal Records of the applicant. There are cases in which this type of document does not exist in the country of origin of the applicant, in that case the interested party must provide a certification of a Diplomatic or Consular Agent of his country of origin accredited in the Republic of Panama, this certification must ratify the non-existence of such certificate in the country of origin of the applicant .
5. Health Certificate by a qualified physician in the Republic of Panama.
6. Certified Check for USD$250.00 in favor of the National Treasury; (the client can provide it or we can arrange it – certification cost per check USD$10.70) – This check must be provided by the holder.
7. Personal History Affidavit Form. Must be completed and signed by the applicant.
8. Marriage Certificate issued by the Civil Registry.
9. Birth Certificate of the Panamanian Spouse, issued by the Civil Registry
10. Birth certificate of the children, if any, issued by the Civil Registry
11. Copy of the valid identity card of the Panamanian spouse, authenticated by the Civil Registry.
12. Notarized letter of responsibility of the Panamanian spouse.
13. Document that proves the conjugal address (a receipt of some utility of the address is enough: receipt of public services or lease contract or any other document that proves it)

Requirements for applying for a Permanent Resident Permit for Reasons Family Reunification as a Dependent of a Permanent Resident

Foreigners who are spouses, children under 18 years of age, disabled family members and dependent parents of a 2-year provisional resident, permanent resident or national may apply for this permit. Children over 18 years old up to 25 years old, may be applied for as dependents, as long as they prove that they are studying regularly and are under the economic dependence of the resident or national.
It is important to mention that the resident or national who proves to have the Guardianship or Foster Care of a minor person may apply as a dependent.This permit will be granted on a provisional basis for a period of 2 years, with the right to permanent residence.

Requirements for applying for a Permanent Resident Permit for Reasons Family Reunification as a Dependent of a Permanent Resident

The requirements for applying for this permit are the following:
1. Power of attorney and application through a lawyer (notary’s office)
2. Three (3) passport size photographs of the applicant
3. Duly collated copy of the applicant’s passport (notarized or Auto.Correspondent).
4. Apostilled Certificate of Criminal Record of the applicant. There are cases in which this type of document does not exist in the country of origin of the applicant, in that case the interested party must provide a certification of a Diplomatic or Consular Agent of his country of origin accredited in the Republic of Panama, this certification must ratify the non-existence of such certificate in the country of origin of the applicant .
5. Health Certificate by a qualified physician in the Republic of Panama.
6. Certified Check for USD$250.00 in favor of the National Treasury; (the client can provide it or we can arrange it – certification cost per check USD$10.70) – This check must be provided by the holder.
7. Certified Check for USD$800.00 in favor of the National Immigration Service
8. Personal History Affidavit Form. Must be completed and signed by the applicant.
9. Notarized letter of responsibility from the resident or national.
10. Proof of relationship (marriage certificate, birth certificate or court record).
11. The applicant of legal age and under 25 years must provide:
11.1 Certificate from an educational institution of their status as a full-time and regular student.
11.2 Affidavit of unmarried status.
12. Proof that the resident has sufficient economic solvency, which may be accredited in one of the following ways:
12.1 Income tax return with your peace and safety, and it must comply with a minimum income of B/1000.00 per month, plus B/100.00 for each dependent.
12.2 Updated work letter with its respective checkbook or CSS file and copy of the work permit.
12.3 Bank reference letter not less than four average figures.

Family Reunification as foreigners with Panamanian children

This permit may be applied to foreigners who have one or more Panamanian children who are at least five (5) years old, since there is a need to preserve the family union and guarantee the rights of minors.

Requirements to apply for Permanent Resident Permit for Reasons Family Reunification as foreigners with Panamanian children

The requirements for applying for this permit are as follows:
1. Power of Attorney and Application (notarized and with their respective fiscal stamps). It is Indispensable Judicial Power of Attorney.
2. Three (3) passport size photographs.
3. Duly collated copy of the passport (notarized or authenticated).
4. Certificate of Criminal Record (in case the least is of age).
5. Health Certificate by a suitable Panamanian doctor.
6. Certified check for B/.250.00 in favor of the National Treasury.
7. Certified Check for B/.800.00 in favor of the National Immigration Service.
8. Personal History Affidavit Form.
9. Affidavit before a Notary Public of the father or mother of the child (stating that the applicant has fulfilled his duties as a good parent.
10. Birth certificate of the children, issued by the Panamanian Civil Registry.
11. Notarized letter of responsibility of the resident or national.
12. Document that proves the domicile (letter of utility: receipt of public services, lease contract or any other document that proves it).

Costs

Fixed costs to be paid by the applicant

Management fees

US$ 424,00

(This amount does not include: Certified Check for USD$250.00 in favor of the National Treasury and Certified Check for USD$800.00 in favor of the National Immigration Service).

The Multiple Visa has an additional cost of USD$150.00, the same is not a requirement for the process but if they leave the country without it there is a fine of USD$2,000.00)

Professional fees for lawyers 

US$ 1.200

Management fees
$ 424,00 Fees
Notary Fees - $50.00 Processing and Residency Card - $300.00 Tax Stamps - $12,00 Health Certificate - $20,00 Transportation and mobilization - $50.00

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