For the residents and visitors of Boquete Panama
This new legislature is aimed to modify the tourist visas for certain nations, however it may affect border hoppers.
If approved, this law will limit tourist visas to 30 days with a renewal option of 60 days, however, in her effort, Zulay Rodriguez aims to stop the re-entering of foreigners within a few days, or several times within a year.
This is NOT a law aimed to hurt retirees or expats who wish to adhere to the Pensionado Visas, but rather an effort to control those who overstay their visas or wait until the last day of their stay to leave and return a few days later. Also it is aimed at stopping foreigners without work permits to take jobs from nationals.
This law, if approved, will also set alerts immediately so those whose visas expire are sought out and deported immediately. There has been an increased amount of crimes committed by Venezuelans and Colombians and they are the main reason why these two deputies are looking forward to an immigration reform which is backed by a large majority of the population
When is this set to be approved or turned down?
This proposal, imo, is being put forth by a couple of opposition Deputies who seek to gain attention by appealing to anti-immigration sentiment which is directed towards Venezuelans and Colombians who are perceived as having overstayed their welcome and stealing jobs from Panamanians.
It is not likely to become law, imo, it's not legislation which was presented by the government.
It is not all that use it for the wrong purposes Marie, you always take everything personal, but with all due respect, FBI reports do not take 2 yrs. Even though people may not be criminals, some with a record (DUI, etc.) can get denied residencies as well in Panama and rather border hop to avoid having to get their FBI reports, again, this is not aimed at you, but it's a general opinion on what's causing the Panamanians to want to tighten their immigration policies and shorten the stays for certain nations. Remember the 2 yr rule also falls for other nationalities, not only US and Canada
The problem with the use of FBI reports (background checks) for immigration purposes is two fold.
1. While Panama is asking for FBI background checks they have no one trained to read or interpret these reports which are coded. Each state in the USA sends a representative from their respected justice department to train in reading and interpreting these reports. They in turn write a manual for law enforcement for their state.
2. FBI background checks are very inaccurate. This is an excerpt from the 2015 US Uniform Law Commission:
LOL, It took the US 12 years to admit there is a problem and will take decades to fix, if ever. How are they going to fix records that don't exist? I think it is important for Panama to protect itself so they should apply rules as they do for their own citizens as to the seriousness of the record. Surly Panama would not want it's citizens rejected from visa for a seat belt infraction or disturbing the peace.
Keep in mind that Panamanian immigration is now checking FBI, RCMP, and Interpol criminal databases on applications submitted with two year Panamanian police reports and denying visa applicants from the US, Canada, and Europe respectively. I've met a couple of people who have been denied.
If the Panamanian Immigration denied their visa after they check their criminal record have to be a reason for that.I don't see the problem with that. When I did immigrate to Canada, I have to pay thousand of dollars for the process/ criminal record of every country that I lived before and medical report just to mention some. Why have to be easy in Panama?
I was close to purchasing a house but will put it on hold until I see where this goes. I have cedula but this could be the start of something ugly.
Steve,I think misdemeanors are a no go for pensionado applics. I found out that some US states not fastening your seatbelt is a misdemeanor, so ...
Mexico and Colombia (if over 65) dont require police reports for residency. No attorneys needed and no need to have a guaranteed income like SS. One person on this site is already is holding off buying a house here, and I am concerned my property values will take a hit. Throwing more bureaucracy at a problem seems to Panama's solution, damn the unintended consequences. Residential tourism will take a major hit.