Resolution of the Ministry of Labor establishes the requirements for the affiliation of foreigners in the Department of Labor Immigration
- Pursuant to Executive Decree No. 76 of December 26, 2017 and Resolution No. DM-064-2018 of February 8, 2018, published on February 20th in the Official Gazette, the Ministry of Labor will require the affiliation of foreigners in the Department of Labor Immigration.
- This affiliation will consist of (i) a scan of the fingerprints through a biometrics system; (ii) passport registration; and, (iii) a photograph.
- The following documents will be required:
- Original passport.
- Copy of Immigration Status.
- Original Immigration ID card.
- Power of Attorney and Work Permit Petition.
- According to a Statement of the Ministry of Labor, this affiliation will begin to apply as of March 6th.
To whom does it apply?
- Applicants of a work permit – first time or renewal. These applicants must personally assist to the Labor Immigration Department of the Ministry of Labor to carry out the affiliation, prior to filing their petition.
- Applicants of a work permit that is in process. These applicants must carry out the affiliation at the time the photograph of the work permit ID card is taken, for which they will have to carry their original valid passport.
Foreigners who require a work permit must personally assist to the Ministry of Labor for their affiliation
By means of the Executive Decree No. 76 of December 26th, 2017, foreigners who require a work permit must personally assist to the Ministry of Labor for their affiliation.
- This Executive Decree provides that, prior to filing the work permit petition, applicants must personally assist to the Ministry of Labor for their affiliation.
- A biometrics system will be created and the affiliation will consist of a scan of the fingerprints, passport and a photograph.
This Decree entered into force on December 27, 2017, after its publication in the official gazette No. 28433-A. Nevertheless, the authorities are carrying out the necessary adjustments for the implementation of the system.
Citizens of the People’s Republic of China will require a Stamped Visa to enter in Panamanian territory
By means of the Executive Decree No. 552 of October 16th, 2017, the People’s Republic of China is included within the countries that require Stamped Visa issued by Panamanian Consulate, to enter the national territory.
• This Executive Decree only applies to nationals of the People’s Republic of China.
• Officials from the National Immigration Authority and the National Security Council will be appointed at the Panamanian Consulates in China to verify the immigration requirements and the security backgrounds of each applicant.
• The cost of the Stamped Visa may not exceed Fifty Dollars (US$50.00).
• Stamped Visas can be granted for multiple entries and exits, and up to three (3) years, according to the verification criteria of the designated officials.
• This Decree became effective on October 17th, 2017, one day after it was published in the official gazette.
Aspects to be considered:
Nationals of the People’s Republic of China:
• Will not require a Tourist Visa (authorized) nor Certification to file residence (VTR) before the National Immigration Authority, which will considerably reduce the requirements and time to obtain immigration processes in Panama.
• Holding a Visa duly issued by the United States of America, Australia, Canada, or the United Kingdom, (i) granted for multiple entries and exits; (ii) that has been used at least once to enter the territory of the granting State; and (iii) with a validity of at least one (1) year, may enter the national territory without the requirement of a Stamped Visa (Executive Decree No. 591 of December 28, 2016).
• Holding a Diplomatic, Service and Public Affairs passport may enter the national territory without the requirement of a Stamped Visa (Executive Decree No. 325 of May 8, 2012).
Decreto Ejecutivo que crea el requisito de Visa Estampada para ciudadanos de nacionalidad venezolana
Mediante este Decreto Ejecutivo se incluye a la República Bolivariana de Venezuela dentro de los países que requieren Visa Estampada por Cónsul de Panamá para ingresar al territorio nacional
- Este Decreto Ejecutivo solo aplica a personas de nacionalidad venezolana.
- Se designará un funcionario del Servicio Nacional de Migración y un funcionario del Consejo de Seguridad Nacional para las verificaciones de los requisitos migratorios y de los antecedentes de seguridad de cada solicitante.
- Los costos de la Visa Estampada no podrán ser superiores a los cincuenta balboas (B/.50.00).
- La Visa Estampada se podrá otorgar por múltiples entradas y salidas, y hasta por el término de tres (3) años, según criterio de verificación por los funcionarios designados.
- Este Decreto empezará a regir a partir del 1 de octubre de 2017.
Nota: Todo solicitante que posea visa debidamente expedida por los Estados Unidos de América, Australia, Canadá, Reino Unido, que (i) sea de múltiples entradas y salidas; y (ii) la haya utilizado por lo menos una vez para ingresar al territorio del Estado otorgante, podrá ingresar al territorio nacional sin el requisito de la visa estampada.
By Executive Decree No. 269 of May 29th, 2017, the stay as tourists for nationals from Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela, reduces to 90 days.
- This Executive Decree applies to individuals who are nationals of Colombia, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
- A term of ninety (90) days is established for individuals of the above-mentioned nationalities to remain in the national territory as tourists.
- Individuals from said nationalities who have entered the national territory before the effective date of this Decree will still be allowed to remain one hundred and eighty (180) days as tourists.
- This Decree becomes effective as of the 31st day of May, 2017 by publication in the official gazette no. 28290.