Panama Regularizes Foreigners Immigration Status

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

Tuesday, September 13, 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.

In relation to previous times when this process of regularization has been carried out, a statement from the National Migration Service states that its director Maria Cristina Gonzalez, said it was a new process and thanks to the cooperation of the diplomatic corps accredited in the country, and the cooperation of state security sectors, the event has fulfilled the expectations, and so far no situations that might tarnish the process have been recorded. "We are very pleased with the extraordinary migratory regularization process, we are now legal in Panama after having applied two years ago for permanent residency in the country that opened its doors to us", said Marianela Iglesias, a Dominican who has resided illegally in the country for over twenty years, after receiving her residency.

Hundreds of citizens from different countries expressed their satisfaction at the government initiative, due to the fact that they were able to receive their residency within hours. Maria Cristina Gonzalez reiterated that the country has large numbers of foreigners with irregular migratory status and the extraordinary regularization only applies to the immigrants living in the metropolitan area and San Miguelito district who have been residing illegally for more than two years.

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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.

Panama Continues to Regularizing Foreign Workers

October 2013

Another 11,000 foreigners from 44 different countries have regularized their immigration status and obtained work and residency permits.

" ... Some 54 foreign nationalities have regularized their status, in the seventeen days that the process takes, without any hitches, although the number of regularized people has increased compared to the previous processes," said Javier Carrillo , director general of the National Immigration Service (SNM by its initials in Spanish) .

Legal Status for Foreigners Resident for More Than a Year

October 2012

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

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).

Panama Concedes Immigration Amnesty

July 2010

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

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.

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