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Finding Work

Foreigners can only work when they are legal residents. Once they have residency they will not need a work permit. The only exception to this rule is when a non-resident can do a job a Panamanian is unqualified to do. In this case a work permit is usually granted (see Chapter 4). These kinds of jobs are few and far between.

We have some discouraging news for those living on small pensions and hoping to supplement their income with a part or full-time job or for others who need to work just to keep busy. Finding work can be difficult but not impossible. In the first place, it is not easy for a Panamanian, not to mention foreigners who do not speak fluent Spanish, to find permanent work. Unless you have excellent Spanish language skills and offer a skill not found in the local job market, you will find it difficult to procure a traditional job.

If you are one of the few foreigners who has mastered Spanish, you will probably have a fair chance of finding work in tourism or some other related field. However, your best bet may be to find employment with a North American or European firm doing business in Panama. The best-paying jobs are with multinational corporations. Many foreign companies in Latin America have a need for native English speakers. Many Panamanians have studied English well. But few speak it with native fluency. Your English skills can be a real advantage when looking for work. It is best to contact one of these companies before moving to Panama. Depending on your qualifications, you may be able to find a job as a salesman, an executive, or a representative.

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