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 and passport, and a photograph.
The registration will not apply to applicants for the SEM residence visa for permanent staff of multinational companies, who do not require a separate work permit application.
Employers in Panama should ensure their foreign national employees attend the Ministry of Labour for biometric registration as soon as possible, once the system is in place, to avoid possible delays.
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