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Tuesday, September 02 2014 @ 07:33 AM EDT

Next "Melting Pot" Visa Fair To Be Held Next Week (Get Your Work Permit)

Immigration IssuesStarting on Monday, 18 June and running until Friday, 22 June 2012, will be the Ninth "Melting Pot of Races" event held by the National Immigration Service at the Roberto Duran arena, said the Director of Immigration Javier Carrillo. He said the doors of the arena will be open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm during the five days of the event. The activity is aimed at foreigners who have been in Panama for more than one year and who want to legalize their immigration status for a period of two years. Carrillo said they would be given a card from Immigration, while the Ministry of Labor will issue a work permit. Notaries from Panama City will also participate to provide the documentation required for foreigners to apply for the process. There will also be authorities from the government of Colombia present as well as Interpol to provide police reports and background checks.

Applicants must have a year or more in Panama. They cannot have already started some other process of legalization to remain in Panama. And, they will have to pay the amounts allocated for immigration services - $767 for citizens from countries with a visa suppression agreement, $1,272 for countries without a visa suppression agreement, and $2,602 for restricted nationalities. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: Panama is trying to get as many people as possible to sign up for this program. It's aimed at people who are currently in the country on a tourist visa who are working illegally. They want you to sign up, get a card, and get your work permit so you can work legally in the country. Then you can pay income taxes and social security, work "on the books" and all that. Unemployment in urban areas is down to less than 2% for the most part, and in some sectors there are more jobs than people with a pulse to fill them.

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