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Executive Decree No. 9 of April 23rd, 2019.
As of April 25th, 2019, the Ministry of Labor (MITRADEL by its acronyms in Spanish), established new rules to grant work permits to foreigners who hold Permanent Residence Permit as Foreign National of Countries with Friendly, Professional, Economic and Investment Relations with the Republic of Panama granted by the National Immigration Authority (SNM by its acronyms in Spanish).
Work permits under this category that are currently approved, will maintain their indefinite status. Likewise, work permit that are currently in process, prior to the issuance of this executive decree will be approved for an indefinite term, according to consultations carried out to MITRADEL.
Executive Decree No. 134 of April 23rd, 2019 that modifies the Executive Decree No. 123 of March 26th, 2019.
Venezuelans who currently live in Panama and hold an expired passport or a soon to be expired passport, will be able to use them to proceed with the immigration process, until a 2-year term counted of the original expiration date of said passport, if they have an extension stamp by the Consulate of Venezuela or a passport validation letter issued by the Consulate.
This exception started being effective as of March 27th, 2019 for a 6-month period, until September 27th, 2019.
Executive Decree No. 100 of February 21th, 2019.
As of February 25th, 2019, new procedures to apply for tourist visa were established, to enter the Republic of Panama. These will be applicable to i) foreign nationals that due to their nationality require an entry visa; ii) if there is no consular representation of the Republic of Panama in its country of origin or residence.
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Resolution No. 166-DM-19 of April 17TH, 2019.
MITRADEL established by means of Resolution No. 166-DM-19 of April 17th, 2019, that the cost for work permit ID duplicates due to theft, robbery, deterioration or lost will be US$ 30.00.
Previously, to obtain a work permit ID duplicate, foreign employees had to pay the cost of the work permit ID, depending on the category of the work permit, which in some cases could be up to an amount of US$ 500.00.