How far ahead do I need to start the paperwork?
From experience, the situation in Panama is pretty friendly.
Tourist visas are relatively easy, with options to do "border runs" to keep tourist status. There are also options to get an investment visa for a relatively low investment amount. Employment visas are also plentiful, if you can find an employer that needs your skills.
What most people do is find a immigrant-friendly immigration lawyer in Panama who will walk you through the process. Most people do this after they have entered Panama and found an expat community that will help guide through the situation on the ground.
Note I am not licensed in Panama! This comes from regular interaction with Panamanian sources.
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You need a Panamanian immigration lawyer.
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Not a US immigration law question.
(213) 394-4554 x0 Mr. Shusterman is a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with over 35 years of immigration experience. His response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
These questions need to be posed to a Panamanian immigration lawyer. Not here.
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