Monday, June 25 2012 @ 04:40 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Over the weekend I spoke to both the Director of Immigration, Javier Carrillo, and the Minister of Labor Alma Cortez. By Friday evening they still had not processed everyone who had showed up, and Carrillo said they would keep working until all of the foreigners had been processed. That's exactly what they did. But then the people from the Banco Nacional closed down their booth and left. Since no one could pay the money for the work permits, the Ministry of Labor people also left, but they told everyone to come back on Monday morning. So the entire event was "extended" through today in order to continue processing everyone who showed up. In fact, KUDOS to both Immigration and the Ministry of Labor personnel who worked 24 hours a day for a week to process all of these people. Some 5,000 foreigners are now legal, and (apparently) more than 600 of them got their work permits. Good for them. And for the record, these people don't go against the 10% limitation on hiring a foreigner in your company, once they've got their immigration permit and a work permit. It's just like hiring a Panamanian in that case. The 10% thing is a different special program, with different requirements and parameters, so don't confuse the two.