Regulation of Employment of Foreigners by ACP

The government created the temporary resident subcategory by decree for the Panama Canal expansion projects.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The proposed new temporary resident category means that "parents, spouses and children under 18 and up to 25 years old, as long as they are studying on a regular basis, may be claimed as a dependents if they are economically dependent on the temporary resident," according to what was published in the website.

This new system applies to all companies contracted or subcontracted by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

Additionally, according to the Labor Code, companies may hire foreign nationals for professional or technical positions as long as they do not to exceed 15% of the total payroll.

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Tightening of Immigration Rules in Panama

January 2017

The timeframe for tourist visas has been reduced to 90 days and the period of validity for temporary cards for those seeking temporary or permanent residence reduced from 12 to 6 months.

From Decree 590 of the Executive Branch, published in La Gaceta:

Panama: Law Eliminating Melting Pot Halted

February 2015

The government has asked the Assembly to return to the first legislative body a bill which eliminates the immigration fairs and to start discussions to establish a migration code.

At the request of the executive branch, "... The document was dropped from second to first debate, "arguing that it had to go back for review and take into account the considerations of the business sector, particularly the hotel industry and businesses linked to the Colon Free Zone.

El Salvador Seeks Agreements with Qatar

May 2009

The idea of establishing a temporary worker program between the two countries was raised by the Foreign Minister of El Salvador.

The Minister, Marisol Argueta de Barillas, who has been in Qatar since Sunday, proposed these initiatives to the Qatari Emir in Office, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

Californian farmers seek Central America labor

April 2008

The search for a steady labor force has some Valley growers working with government leaders in Central American countries.

Farmers face a growing uncertainty over the supply of workers from Mexico. Without the personnel to harvest the crop food would rot in the fields. It is a scenario farmers fear so they've been working with leaders in Central America to try to establish a guest-worker program.

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