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New Immigration Law to be Revised

Immigration Issues Panama's executive branch sent a bill proposing changes to the nation's immigration law to the Legislature, but then asked to have it back in order to make some more changes. Panama is going to implement reforms to the immigration system to modernize the way arriving foreigners are handled and tracked. Assemblyman Jerry Wilson said the legislature was about to start debates on the proposed new law when the executive branch asked to suspend the debates and return it for further modification. The law would create a nationwide register of foreigners to maintain tabs on the movements and activities of people from other countries in Panama. The law would also change the tracking of the entries and exits of Panamanians, mostly to protect the rights of children and to combat illegal human trafficking. Editor's Comments: Question - How many gringos are there in Panama? Answer - No one knows for sure, not even the Government of Panama. Keeping track of all the people that come through here is a big task. Immigration officials look at your passport, stamp you in, take your immigration form and you move on. Do you think anyone is pumping all of that data into a master movement database? Well, that's the plan, but in reality the system could use a big chunk of money to modernize and digitalize all that data. Then, Panama could integrate with regional and international databases to check new arrivals for legal problems in other countries. Remember, terrorism is just another form of crime. There's probably a whole lot of money available to help Panama do a serious upgrade if they would ask for it.)

Retiran proyecto sobre migración para mejorarlo

Gustavo A. Aparicio O.


LA ASAMBLEA Nacional devolverá al Ejecutivo el proyecto de ley que buscaba modernizar las leyes migratorias del país, y aunque fue el propio Ejecutivo quien remitió al parlamento este proyecto se solicitó no debatir el documento para hacerle algunas reformas a la propuesta.

Según informó el presidente de la Comisión de Gobierno de la Asamblea Nacional, el diputado Jerry Wilson, este proyecto se va a reconsiderar debido a que el Ejecutivo solicitó que se suspenda la discusión porque serán sometidos a un análisis para reformularlo.

Con el proyecto original el gobierno nacional crearía un Registro Único de Extranjeros, a fin de mantener un control actualizado del movimiento migratorio de los nacionales de otros países que se encuentran en territorio nacional. El documento busca también reforzara el registro de entradas y salidas de nacionales, sobre todo el control de salidas de menores de edad para evitar la sustracción de menores y combatir la trata de personas.
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New Immigration Law to be Revised
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, February 25 2006 @ 03:39 PM UTC

I find no fault with the way the article, or your comments, explain this proposed's needed.
I just wish the President would really put a once and for all final stop to the continual on-going corruption in matter who the current Director may be.
Don K. (

Girlfriend from the Philippines
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, February 28 2006 @ 09:50 PM UTC

I was thinking of retiring in Panama from California on my State pension.
However, I have a girl friend in the Philippines who has a problem. There is no
divorce in the Philippines. And Annulments are very very difficult and expensive.
She has not lived with her ex husband for 12 years.
Is it possible for me to sponsor her for immigration to Panama to live with me?
She is poor. Even though we won't be married?

Girlfriend in the Philippines
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, March 21 2006 @ 10:00 PM UTC

I want to retire in Panama but my new girlfriend lives in the Philippines (age 45
widow). My daughter and grandchild live in California. Panama would be a lot
closer than the Philippines to live.
How easy or hard is it for her to obtain a visa for Panama?

New Immigration Law to be Revised
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, April 09 2006 @ 02:43 AM UTC

The "nationwide register of foreigners" already exists since 1961. It is called "Filiacion" (go to the Avenida Cuba office in "Movimiento Migratorio) and everybody who has been in Panama more than 90 days must register. Enteis into Panama are wired into something, maybe even Homeland Security! (have you noticed the bar code scanners for passports at Tocumen airport?)
Anyways, this is the 3rd time somebody talks of a new Immigration bill and is has not even been up for Committee hearings at the Assembly. Call me when it gets to the Floor.