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PANAMA: Changes to Residence and Work Permit Rules [UPDATED]

June 14, 2019

On 28 May 2019, several Executive Decrees were enacted which modify work and residence permit rules and introduce new immigration categories allowing work.

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PANAMA: Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

May 13, 2019

Effective 24 Apr 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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PANAMA: Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

November 8, 2018

Following the enactment of Law 57 of 24 October 2018, employees of multinational headquarters (“Sedes de Empresas Multinacionales” or SEM) will be able to apply for permanent residence after five years of temporary residence, while continuing to work for the same company in Panama.

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PANAMA: Stamped Visa for Nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela Now Valid for up to Five Years

October 17, 2018

Effective 12 October 2018, in Panama, the multiple-entry stamped visa issued to nationals of Cuba, China, Dominican Republic, India and Venezuela is valid for up to five years.

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PANAMA: Executive Decree Clarifies Basis for Cancelling Work Permits

June 7, 2018

The Ministry of Labour has published an executive decree setting out possible grounds for the cancellation of work permits. The national immigration authority has recently cancelled a number of residence permits issued to foreign nationals on the basis of fraudulent documentation.

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PANAMA: Entry Rules Relaxed for Schengen Visa/EU Residence Holders and Indian Nationals

April 9, 2018

Effective 4th April 2018, valid Schengen visas and EU residence permits are again accepted for entry into Panama. Moreover, effective 1st June 2018 Indian nationals will be able to enter Panama with a stamped visa, rather than an authorized visa. The moves do not affect visa waiver nationals, including all nationals of EU countries, the […]

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PANAMA: New Online Application for Travel Permits for Minors

April 2, 2018

Effective 1st April 2018, the National Immigration Authority will implement a mandatory online application process for travel permits for minors exiting the country with one or no parents. The introduction of the new system may cause delays. Who is affected? The new online system applies only to Panamanian nationals or residents who are minors and […]

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PANAMA: Update – Work Permit Applicants Must Attend Ministry of Labour in Person

February 22, 2018

On 26th December 2017, the Ministry of Labour issued a decree requiring all work permit applicants to visit the Ministry in person for biometric registration before submitting any initial or renewal work permit application. The new registration system, which is expected to be implemented in January 2018, will include a scan of the applicant’s fingerprints […]

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PANAMA: Work Permit Applicants Must Attend Ministry of Labour in Person

January 5, 2018

On 26th December 2017, the Ministry of Labour issued a decree requiring all work permit applicants to visit the Ministry in person for biometric registration before submitting any initial or renewal work permit application. The new registration system, which is expected to be implemented in January 2018, will include a scan of the applicant’s fingerprints […]

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PANAMA: Chinese Nationals No Longer Require Authorized Visas

October 19, 2017

Effective 17th October 2017, Chinese nationals can enter Panama with a consular Stamped Visa, and no longer require an Authorized Visa. Stamped Visas are normally processed in under one week, while Authorized Visas can take up to 60 days to process, with more scrutiny by the immigration authorities. Chinese nationals can still qualify for a […]

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