Permanent Residency Required Documents
Required Documents to Apply for Panama Immigration Permanent Residency
Panama immigration laws require the following documents for permanent residency:
1. File a Formal Application to be a permanent resident along with a notarized Special Power of Attorney so our law firm is authorized to act on your behalf.
2. Submit a notarized copy of the entire passport.
3. Provide a Criminal History Background Report from your home country or the country where you have resided in for the past two years. This report must be prepared by a “national”, “central”, or “federal” police force on criminal investigator agency.
(a) If the criminal background report is not coming from the applicant’s country of citizenship, but as a resident, his or her legal residency must be proven with a copy of the legal residency identification which must be Apostilled or authenticated.
(b) If the applicant has been a Panama resident for the past two years consecutively (not left the country) the Panama national police must provide the criminal background report.
4. The criminal background report must be authenticated by a Panama Consulate in the country which issued the report or by Apostille (internationally recognized authentication by a government agency with attached seals). Click here to see a list of Panamanian Consulates around the world. [http://www.panama-offshore-services.com/wp-content/themes/pols_theme/images/content/worldconsulates.pdf]
5. Original Panama doctor’s medical examination report.
6. 2 Certified Checks:
(a) $800 USD for Immigration in case of applicant’s deportation; and
(b) $250 USD for the National Treasury as the immigration application fee.
Note: These checks are non-refundable whether the applicants is approved or rejected.
7. Sworn Affidavit which explains the reasons for applying for Panama permanent residency along with the ability to support the applicant’s family and dependants. (Our law firm will supply you with this form).
8. All documents must be “original”, “updated”, “official”, and “authenticated”.
Here are the definitions for these terms:
Original: The original document, not a copy;
Updated: Being recently dated not more than four (4) months since date of issue;
Official: Directly issued by the agency or company and not printed via internet or scan or other external source;
Authenticated: Notarized and authenticated either by a nearby Panama Consul or by Apostille.
Definition of Apostille
An Apostille is a certification that a public document is authentic. The Apostille originated with the 1961 Hague Convention which abolished the tedious requirements for legalizing foreign public documents. In its stead, a simple certification by a public official is accepted to every nation which signed the 1961 Hague Convention. This is also known as the Hague Convention Apostille. The U.S. signed it in 1981.
In the U.S., an Apostille of a driver’s license or marriage or death certificate can be done by a state’s Secretary of State. The Apostille is an official stamp or seal along with the signature of the government official. Documents certified by notary publics can also be Apostilled certifying the notary public’s authority by a state’s Secretary of State.
An Apostille eliminates the need for a document to be certified by the state and then by the federal government or embassy.
The Apostille can be used for birth certificate, marriage licenses, death certificates, driver’s licenses, court judgments, patents, and a notary’s authentication that a of a person’s signature. The receiving country’s officials upon seeing the Apostille stamp or seal can be assured that the other country has authenticated that this is a legitimate copy of a public record.
104 nations have signed the Hague Convention Apostille including Panama and the U.S. However, Canada has not signed on.