FAQ: As A Foreigner in Panama Do I Have To Register With Immigration?
Tuesday, January 11 2011 @ 05:49 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Ask At Immigration: If I remember correctly, when foreigners want to stay in Panama as anything other than a tourist, they first have to "register" with Immigration in one form or another to define their status. Somewhere back there in my fading memory cells, I remember having to register in this way with Immigration as I started the process of obtaining my permanent residency status as "married to a Panamanian." I think this is a formality normally accomplished as soon as you apply for your pensionado status, or what have you. And as far as asking for a published copy of the exam for naturalization? I don't think they would give up the exam, but they probably have a list of material you would have to study or something like that - roughly equivalent to Third Grade Social Studies kinds of stuff. And once again, any good immigration attorney should be able to provide that for you. I tried getting some additional information from the Panamanian Immigration website, but it's apparently screwed up (now, there's a shocker) and it was no help whatsoever...
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