Friday, September 23 2011 @ 01:06 PM EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Legalization of foreigners - Carrillo said from 3 to 7 October 2011 they will hold another "Panama Crucible of Races" event, which seek to quickly legalize foreigners who have been living in Panama for more than one year. The people who want to take advantage of this program to legalize their immigration status in Panama will be fingerprinted, which will be entered into a database and the information will be shared with other entities such as the Institute of Legal Medicine, among others. In addition, they will be given an ID card that is valid for two years.
Requirements - People who are interested in this program must have been living in Panama for at least one year. Anyone who has already applied through the National Immigration Service for any other type of residency program are ineligible to participate in this program. Anyone who wants to apply must attend in person. And finally, applicants should bring with them two passport sized photos, as well as their current valid passport. Carrillo said they will not legalize anyone's status who does not comply with the prescribed requirements, or who has had trouble with the law. The event will take place at the Roberto "Mano de Piedra" Duran arena from 3 to 7 October 2011, from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: Members of the community of English speaking expatriates living in Panama can take advantage of this legalization program. If you entered Panama on a tourist visa and stayed in the country illegally, and if you've been here for more than a year, then you qualify. You don't qualify if you're here in a legal status, like if you've been hopping over the border regularly to reactivate your tourist status. Additionally, you can't apply under this program if you have already applied for a pensionado, married to a Panamanian, forestry visa, or anything else. The government of Panama will give you a card that's valid for two years, and with that you can get a work permit and enter the legal workforce here in Panama. They started this program in order to get the "illegals" on the books, and to expand the work force, in order to start filling some of the jobs that are being created.