Foreigners Immigration Status Regularized in Panama

In the ninth round of “Crisol de Razas” (Race Melting Pot) organized by the National Immigration Service (NMS) some 5,300 foreigners have had their immigration status regularized.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Since the beginning of this conference, the NMS has issued some 23,000 temporary permits to foreigners.

For its part the Ministry of Labor and Workforce Development (Mitradel), gave out 1.205 two-year work permits.

"According to statistics (NMS), countries with the most citizens that have been regularized are: Colombia (2.696), Nicaragua (1,130), Venezuela (340) and India (301), among other nationalities", reported El Siglo.

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Legal Status for Foreigners Resident for More Than a Year

October 2012

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A statement from the National Immigration Service reads:
Javier Carrillo, Director General of the National Immigration Service (SNM) and Samuel Vargas, Director of Employment, Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MITRADEL) explained at a press conference on Wednesday September 26, all the features of the tenth Special immigration Regularization Process, known as "Crisol de Razas" (Melting Pot).

Costa Rica Issues Migration Regulations

June 2012

The General Migration and Foreign Affairs Office issued new regulations and guidelines for entry visas.

A press release by Lexincorp Central America reads:

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Panama Regularizes Foreigners Immigration Status

September 2011

An extraordinary migratory regularization process, called " Panamá, Crisol de Razas” (Panama, the Melting Pot) will be reactivated from 3 to October 7, 2011.

The country has large numbers of foreigners with irregular migratory status, and this will be the seventh time that this process has been activated The process aims to grant residence permits to foreigners who have been in the country for a year or longer, for which they must show entry stamps from when they came to the country.

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