Legal Status for Foreigners Resident for More Than a Year

Panama is repeating the process of granting residence and work permits to foreigners who have resided in its territory for more than a year.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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).

Carrillo said that this time foreigners interested in participating in the tenth migration regularization process may make an appointment by going to the institution’s website www.migració where they can register and then print out a form.

Meanwhile, Vargas said that in this tenth round driven by the national government, MITRADEL are granting work permits to all foreigners who meet the requirements governing the process, as has been done in previous processes.

The new technological measure implemented so as to give customer service to, has been available since Monday 17 September. As of Wednesday 26 September, the number of appointments made so far was 5.700.

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Panama Changes its Immigration Policy

May 2015

It has been announced that there will be an end to liberality in granting residence permits in the so-called melting pot, and the revision of the immigration status of resident foreigners whose papers have expired.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

The Government of the Republic of Panama has approved an executive decree establishing immigration controls and regulating the immigration status of foreigners whose extraordinary provisional migratory permits have expired.

Central America to Discuss Drug Legalization

March 2012

At a meeting in Honduras, the region's heads of state agreed to discuss the decriminalization of drugs.

The initiative was proposed by Otto Perez Molina, president of Guatemala, who emphasized the need to seek "alternative mechanisms" to combat drug trafficking.

The leaders of Panama, El Salvador and Honduras said they were against decriminalization, but were open to discussing the issue.

Costa Rica: Apostille Convention in Effect

December 2011

The Apostille Convention, an instrument that streamlines the procedures for the legalization of foreign public documents, is now in effect.

A press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica reads:

With an event held at the Golden Hall of the Foreign Ministry, Costa Rica today put into effect the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, called the "Apostille Convention” which is a milestone in terms of simplification of procedures for the legalization of foreign public documents.

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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