New Poll - Should Lawyers Be Required To Conduct Business At The National Immigration Service in Panama?
Tuesday, May 29 2012 @ 08:41 AM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Bias Alert - Here's What I Think: Everyone who is living in Panama who is not a Panamanian has to deal with the National Immigration Service in one form or another. Those arriving as tourists have the least amount of interaction - just a swipe of the passport at the airport or border crossing - and off you go. Those who wish to obtain permanent residency status have to interact with Immigration on a much deeper level as they work through the procedures to obtain their status through one of the various programs available, among them the Pensionado (Retiree) Visa, married to a Panamanian, person of means, reforestation visa, among others. Many of these programs and procedures require the participation of a Panamanian lawyer, by law. That is to say - you can't do it by yourself - and therefore you are forced to hire a Panamanian lawyer to do this for you. (more)