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1. Just Exactly What is a Cédula, Anyway...?
Issued by the Electoral Tribunal, the "cédula" is basically the national identification card issued to all Panamanians. It's a word you're going to hear often...
2. The Pensionado Visa (Retiring in Panama)
There are a great many people who are interested in learning more about Panama as a retirement destination. Details surrounding the "pensionado" (or retired) visa is the one topic most discussed on the email boards such as Viviendo en Panama and Americans in Panama. What follows is a compilation of ...
3. FLASH - New Executive Order Makes It Easier ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Wow. Today Executive Order 343 of 16 May 2012 was published in the Official Gazette, "that creates within the immigration category of Permanent Resident, the sub-category of Permanent Resident in the form of foreign nationals from specific countries that maintain friendly, professional, economic, and ...
4. Panamanian Birth, Late Registration
There are many U.S. citizens born in the Republic of Panama (not in the former Panama Canal Zone) between February 26, 1904 and September 30, 1979 whose births were never registered by their parents before the Panamanian Civil Registry. Many U.S. citizens are not aware of this situation until they ...
5. Update on the 30-Day Tourist Visa Issue
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Today I interviewed Lic. Karen Zamora, the Chief of Investigation for Panama's Department of Immigration, regarding the recent changes to the tourist visa law. She said they can instantly check the status of any tourist in Panama using a new and sophisticated computer system. ...
6. Cupos vs. Visas - Hookers By the Planeload
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Back when the Midnight Club got shut down I started looking into Panama's "Alternadora" visas given to foreign girls, mostly Colombians, who come to Panama to work in massage parlors and strip clubs. During this investigation I learned that the Cotton Club was about ...
7. How To (or, Why) Renounce Your US Citizenship
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Recently a person (Bill) came up on one of the Yahoo! email groups and asked "Does anybody know of an attorney who has actually accompanied a U.S. citizen to the embassy for purposes of renouncing citizenship? We expect to get a lot of intimidation ...
8. Changes to Consular Report of Birth Abroad Procedures ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received today via email: "From: Panama, ACS, Subject: Redesigned Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), To: Date: Monday, December 20, 2010, 2:16 PM. Dear Wardens: Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area. Thank you. The Department of State is pleased to ...
9. What Happens If You Overstay Your 90 Day ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - According to Didacio Camargo, the Director of Public Affairs for Panama's Immigration Service, you could be setting yourself up for some serious problems if you overstay your 90 day tourist visa in the Republic of Panama. Most people just hop across the border to ...
10. Air Force Brat - Born In Canal Zone ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "Don, Little over 44 years ago I was born in Gorgas hospital as my dad was in the air force and stationed there in the canal zone for three years. Both my parents are white Anglo Americans from the ...
11. How to get a residency visa if you ...
HOW TO GET PANAMANIAN RESIDENCY IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE PENSIONADO VISA What if you don’t have a corporate “pension” and you’re too young for Social Security? Without one or the other, you are ineligible for the “Pensionado” visa. But there are several other ways to get a ...
12. Age Discrimination in Issues of Immigration to the ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - You know, there's one thing I hear all the time from people. It basically goes like this - "Don, I read your website all the time, and what I like best is your ability to cut right to the heart of an issue, to ...
13. Zulay Rodrígez Wants Foreigners To Pay For Increase ...
The National Assembly Deputy Zulay Rodrígez, a member of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), has suggested through her Twitter account that in order to pay for an increase to retirees, Panama should charge a higher fee for visas on all foreigners who enter Panama. (more) You've just hit a "pay ...
14. Tourist Visas Now Six Months? (Or Not)
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - I've been receiving frequent and recurring reports that immigration officials in Panama are now allowing tourists to stay six months in Panama with no additional paperwork. Just this morning I received an email - "Hi Don, recently I heard that the 90 day stay ...
15. 25 Colombian Hookers Rounded Up In Raids in ...
About 25 women, mostly Colombians, were discovered in a "prophylactic" operation offering sexual services in the streets and nightclubs, and not carrying any documentation. Agents of Municipal Surveillance and the Justice of the Peace on duty, Genaro Barcenas, were deployed in various parts of the capital. They raided massage parlors, ...
16. Panama to Require Spanish Test for All Non ...
By Rodrigo Campos, AFP Writer- Ciudad de Panamá - Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli signed into law Wednesday a controversial measure requiring all visa applicants to pass a Spanish test before receiving residency documents. The new law, which will go into effect when it is published in the government´s Gaceta Oficial ...
17. Getting Your Tourist Visa Extended For Dummies...
By CHRIS WALKER for Panama-Guide.com - Don, I noticed there wasn’t a “how to get your tourist extension” article on your website. I’ve compiled my adventures that were posted in the Panama Forum. We have had an adventure in extending our tourist card. I needed a 10 day extension. Here ...
18. Crossing the border to Costa Rica by car
"What is up at the border? I was going to get a "permiso de Salir" to drive to Costa Rica and a friend stopped by. He has a house in Costa Rica and Panama and has driven between more than 20 times. He told me don't bother you can't go ...
19. Prima Panama's News Release About Immigration Reform in ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Once again - I'm glad that Sam and Paul made this effort. They took their "book" all over the place and made the Panamanian government aware that the gringos are "pissed" about the change in the tourism law. Great. Then today this press release ...
20. Retirees in Panama With "Pensionado" Visa Can Now ...
Please be advised that now the laws in Panama allow for those who have applied for and been granted "tourist pensioner" immigration status to obtain a Panamanian "cedula" (national identification card.) This is a two step process. First applications have to go through the National Immigration Service. There, they will ...
21. The Panama Perpetual Tourist Border Hop Two Step ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - There are many who live as "perpetual tourists" - people who initially come to the Republic of Panama as tourists - and then they basically stay and live here forever in the same status as a tourist without obtaining some other sort of more ...
22. New Immigration Law - Translated by Jerin Tate
By DON WINNER for http://www.panama-guide.com - Jerin Tate sent me this copy of the new immigration law with permission to publish it in full on Panama-Guide. In his email to me he wrote "some points of interest include Articles 263 and 264 which say (I believe) that the only people ...
23. Pensionados In Panama Can Now Get A Cedula
The National Immigration Service (SNM) reported, through a press release, that foreigners who apply within the immigration status of retirees (pensionados) will be eligible for the permanent resident card (cedula). This measure will apply to those who are covered by the Law # 9 of 1987, which grants exemptions for ...
24. Panama to tighten educational pre-requisites for professional migrants
Panama will tighten qualification requirements for immigrants seeking permanent residency in the foreign professional category. A new law, standardizing and restricting recognition processes for educational qualifications, came into effect Wednesday. Qualifications must now be recognized by the State University of Panama, the Technological University or by the corresponding national authority ...
25. Lobbying Effort to Change the Tourist Visa Law ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Sam Taliaferro, the developer of Valle Escondido and Paul McBride from Prima Panama spent this week lobbying members of the Panamanian government as well as opposition politicians, talking to them about the issues of recent changes of the tourist visa law, property tax exemptions, ...
26. Mr. Evans A Loo - Attorney At law
Foreign nationals can own titled property in Panama without any restrictions. Warranty Deeds are recorded in the public registry or Panama, and in accordance with the National Constitution, all private property legally owned and duly registered is absolutely guaranteed and protected. All warranty deeds must be written in the Spanish ...
27. USCIS Calls for a "Do Over" on the ...
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Remember the story about a relatively old Dix Roper, his relatively young and lovely Panamanian wife, and allegations of age discrimination from earlier this week? Well, I had a message waiting for me on my answering machine the other day from Dix. It seems ...
28. Balbina Herrera Would Require Visas For Colombians
Panama America - PRD presidential candidate Balbina Herrera said today Mexicans and Colombians should be required to have a visa in order to legally enter Panama. Herrera recognized that there are good Colombians, but said that upon becoming the next President of Panama, Colombians will need a visa in order ...
29. New Policies at the Immigration Office
Here's a heads up regarding new policy changes at Panama's Immigration office. On September 19, 2006 two attorneys from Panama Offshore Legal Services met with the Sub-Director of Immigration. Here are the new changes that Immigration office will be implementing: 1. PENSIONADO VISA: Immigration will now require that the company ...
30. Minister of Tourism responds to the Panama Star
By DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Holy crap. I just ran into this article posted by Panama's Minister of Tourism on the IPAT website, which responds to an article appearing in La Estrella on 23 October 2007. Rather than commenting on the article, I'll just republish here for your convenience: ...
Current Tides for BalboaClick Here for a very nice real-time visual representation of the current tides at Balboa, near the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal. The small "cross" marks the current tide level.
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