Panama Concedes Immigration Amnesty

Foreigners who have been in the country for more than two years will be able to legalise their status, subject to paying relevant fees.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The process, called “Panama, Crisol de Razas" (Melting Pot) will begin on 16 July in Atlapa and continue for four months, indicated the director of the country’s Immigration Service (SNM), María Cristina González.

“It will begin in the capital and in San Miguelito before spreading to other parts of the country”, reports

The director added that once the process has been completed, any foreigners with illegal status will be deported.

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