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  1. Panama Hardens Policies to Prevent Irregular Migration AFP | 16 mar 2017 08.17pm Foreigners living in Panama as tourists must leave the country for a month if they want to reenter Panamanian territory, in addition to other restrictions on immigration, announced on Thursday the director of Migration, Javier Carrillo. The new measure applies to foreigners who reside in the country as tourists, who when carrying more than five months, should leave Panama for at least a month If thhey want to re-enter, explained the official. "This is for those who have more than five months in the country as tourists and leaving for nothing more than to return to re- enter. Now you have to be 30 days outside the country," said Carrillo to AFP. Panamanian law provides that foreigners with tourist visa have a limit of six months of continued stay in the country. But once that term is drawing to an end, many cross to Costa Rica with the objective that in their passports the exit stamp of Panama and return to Panamanian territory. "The difference now is that if you come out with six months will not be permitted entry because people must go regularize status, nobody can be a tourist permanently," said Carrillo. According to the official this measure does not affect tourists who spent a short period of time in the country and re-enter at a later date. Data from the National Migration Service of Panama indicate that since 2010 there have been more than 100,000 requests for residence in the country, mainly of Venezuelans, Colombians, Spaniards, Estadosunidenses and Dominicans. A high economic growth close to 5%, a dollarized economy, climate and a relative social peace have made Panama attractive to workers and retirees from other countries. The measure is in addition to another taken at the beginning of the year when Panama eliminated the possibility of entry to foreigners with visas in the European Union. With this, Panama was intended to prevent citizens from more than 50 countries to which restricts the entry, such as Cuba, China, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Nigeria and Algeria, take advantage of a European visa to enter. "They are nationalities that had a restricted type of visa in Panama and to continue with that process what we have done is to revise the policy toward these countries," said the Minister of Safety and Security, Alexis Bethancourt. Carrillo ruled out that the immigration policy of Panama has any relation with the plans of the president of the United States, Donald Trump, to limit the arrival of migrants to that country from Central America. http://www.telemetro.com/nacionales/Panama-endurece-politicas-migracion-irregular_0_1008500192.html
  2. Immigration Reform Drop by Drop; Six Changes in March In less than a month, the government has announced and implemented immigration reforms, most of them through the issuance of decrees that modify the National Migration Service (NMS). Following the enactment in early January of Decree 590 of 2016, which reduced to three months the stay of tourists in Panama of nationals of countries with which there are no agreements on travelers, the Executive has and decided on a series of amendments to the decree of migration. This is the compendium of what has announced that it will change and what change in March in immigration matters. The 6 March, following the conflict in Paso Canoas by aliens who were denied entry, the SNM announced that it would not allow those who leave the country only to seal your passport (i.e., they are the minimum time out) re-enter the country. Read: Migration will not allow the re-entry of foreigners who leave to seal passport Migración no permitirá el reingreso de extranjeros que salgan a sellar pasaporte On 8 March, the Director of Migration, Javier Carrillo, said in TVN News that there would be changes to the rule of migration to regulate the entry of aliens. Read: Migration is studying new regulations for the entry of foreigners to Panama Migración estudia nuevas regulaciones para el ingreso de extranjeros a Panamá On 17 March, the SNM warns that foreigners who have tourist visas must leave the country at the fifth month of your stay, and stay out a month to be readmitted in Panama. Read: Authorities adopt new restrictions on immigration in Panama Autoridades adoptan nuevas restricciones migratorias en Panamá On 20 March, the Ministry of Labor proposes to the General amendments to the Labor Code to increase the penalties for companies that hire immigrants without permission to work. The first time will be $500, the second time $1.000 and the third of $10 thousand. Read: project that will fine for hiring of foreigners without work permits. Presentan proyecto que multará por contratación de extranjeros sin permiso laboral the 24 of March the Ministry of Security (Minseg) issued the decree 145, which establishes a system to regularize migrant workers in the country. Those who wish to invoke the process must meet four requirements: being an adult, have a year or more of stay in the country, do not have immigration process in execution, and submitted to the National Migration Service. Read: establish requirements for foreigners wishing to avail themselves of the regularization of status Establecen requisitos para aquellos extranjeros que deseen acogerse a la regularización migratoria he 24 of March, the Minseg also issued the decree 147, which regulates the granting of residences through the figure of investment in real property: who you want to apply to it and has a property of at least $300 thousand under corporation, must have their shares and in its own name or their dependents. We will not accept bearer shares. Read: The new rules for issuing permits to foreigners who come to invest in Panama Las nuevas reglas para otorgar permisos a extranjeros que vienen a invertir en Panamá http://www.tvn-2.com/nacionales/decretos-anuncios-migracion-Panama-extranjeros-noticias_0_4719278059.html
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