Panama Changes its Immigration Policy

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.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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.

This decree will regulate renewals of extraordinary provisional migration permits only for those foreigners whose documents have expired.



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