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Lawyer Says Immigration "Melting Pot" Has No Legal Basis

Immigration IssuesThe Ninth Regularization Process called 'Melting Pot' has not only created discontent among the more than 11,000 foreigners who would have to pay up to $2,602 to obtain a temporary permit, but lawyers have also come forward to question the measure. Such is the case of the lawyer Ernesto Cedeño Alvarado, who believes that both the "melting pot' program, to be held from 18 to 22 June 2012, and the granting of work permits, has no legal basis. According to Cedeno, the process is being interpreted the wrong way because the government is permitting foreigners who normalize their status in the country extraordinarily to have greater privileges, and they are not required to comply with the requirements asked of others. He said at the same time they are demanding that foreigners pay an additional $500 to obtain a work permit.

This condition was also questioned by the lawyer, because he thinks it violates Articles 17 and 73 of the Labor Code, which states that any employer may hire foreign workers who have ten years of residence in the country, and the prohibition against hiring foreign workers that can reduce the working conditions for Panamanian workers.

Immigration Announces Ninth Conference - Although there is discontent, Javier Carrillo, the Director of the National Immigration Service, announced they are evaluating the two year time frame for the expiration date of the permits for foreigners who are being normalized this time. The Ninth day of "melting pot" regularization will be held from 18 to 22 June at the Arena Roberto Duran, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: The lawyer is right, of course. This administration is doing all kinds of things with Immigration that are not covered under current Panamanian law. You know how they are allowing tourists to stay in the country for six months? That's contrary to the current law on the books, but they are doing it anyway. There's no law that allows for these "melting pot" normalization fairs, but they're doing it anyway. And when Carrillo said they are "evaluating" the two year expiration date, what he was trying to say is that they might make it longer, like three of four years. The bottom line is that Panama as a nation needs more manpower, and this is how they are slowly letting more foreigners in to get work permits. I asked about the requirements for someone else, and basically was told "just show up, submit the documents, pay the bill, and they will get approved." In short if you're not wanted as a criminal in either your home country or Panama, then you're pretty much good to go. But, don't say that too loudly, OK? We want to do this slowly...

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Lawyer Says Immigration \"Melting Pot\" Has No Legal Basis
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, June 13 2012 @ 07:12 PM EDT

Yadda,yadda,yadda lawyer man. Its lawyers who have caused the labor problems to begin with. Time for change and improvement.
If the presidents says its ok, then its ok.
Sorry the people wont need you as much anymore.
Why dont you guys start chasing ambulances like in the usa?

Lawyer Says Immigration \"Melting Pot\" Has No Legal Basis
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 16 2012 @ 11:44 AM EDT

What about us expats that have been waiting 3-4-5+years for our non pensionado, permanent residency visa/cedula?? We get it in the butt AGAIN!!! The last time I went to get my 5 year permanent visa I was told "No you have to get a 6 month carnet again then apply for your permanent 10 year visa AGAIN." WHAT BULLSHIT!!!!

Now, come to find out that they are going to not allow my permanent visa and that I have to file a appeal???!!! WHY??? Oh that's right, they don't have to tell you why!!!!

So now I'm just going to say fuck it and I'll be illegal or keep going to CR every 6 months. These people don't know their asses from their elbows.

Now that AmeriKa is yanking passports of those who speak against the Fascist criminal government or alleged to owe back taxes or are suspected of permanently leaving the country with their assets, Panama starts screwing with the laws AGAIN!!!

Instead of making it easy to get permanent residency and a real passport for the 1000's that are leaving AmeriKa and would be a great addition, they make it even more difficult. I'm tired of playing their idiotic games.

Anyone know a lawyer who knows who to payoff in immigration, so I can get my PERMANENT RESIDENCY CEDULA??? Contact me ASAP.