OK, HERE WE GO AGAIN.....
George has had FBI fingerprint card rejected once more (4th time).
Where in Boquete or David can he get fingerprints that the FBI will accept?
If the answer is "No!" Can the U.S. Embassy do it when they come to Chiriquí again in a month or two?
Thanks in advance for your help!
The embassy can't do it. I don't know how helpful this will be to you, but many police departments in the US have the electronic fingerprinting machines, and those have the ability in real time to determine whether the fingerprint is acceptable. No guessing or waiting. I had mine done that way.
It may be worth a trip to the states to get it done.
We are in the same situation also, life-scan didn't work and ink print didn't either. If you go the route of 2 years residency I was told you couldn’t be out of the country for more than a month. I don’t think this sounds right and our layer didn’t know. I was also informed that you can print out the fingerprint card on heavy paper and ink print your self and they would except this, does anyone know if this is true?
The FBI is only existent in the US therefore, Panama cannot make it a requirement for all visa applicants. That is the reason the law estates "record policivo del pais de residencia" Police clearance from country of residence.
Many I know have obtained their jubilado without the FBI report.
There are other options that are available to many and we must be open to them.
The requirement for FBI (or similar national agency from other countries) changed quite a while ago and has been discussed on here quite a bit. From http://panama-immigration-services.com/panama-immigration-permanent...
3. Provide a Criminal History Background Report from your home country or the country where you have resided in for the past two years. This report must be prepared by a “national”, “central”, or “federal” police force on criminal investigator agency.
From your panama offshore website you listed:
For any Panama residency application, the Panama immigration department requires the applicant to provide an authenticated criminal history report issued by a “federal”, “central”, or “national” police force or criminal investigation authority. In the past, Panama immigration used to accept local police criminal history reports from county sheriffs, city police, and constables, however, they now require the criminal reports to be issued by the national investigative authority of the country of citizenship of the applicant, or the country where the applicant has been a resident of for the previous 5 years. This means that the Panama immigration office requires an applicant’s criminal history covering the entire country in which he or she is from, and the document must be authenticated by Apostille or by the Panamanian consulate in that country. Here is a list of Panama Consulates Worldwide.
In the U.S. this would be the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In Canada it would be the Royal Canadian Mounties (RCMP). In England, it would be The Association of Chief Police Officers.
The criminal history records that do not
* there is a difference between laws, regulations, policies and decrees, any of which can be in play here.
Hi Sharon, ask your attorney about the FBI report because all you need is a county or state police clearance for the pensionado visa.
This may solve your fingerprint issues.
#7 says: Police clearance from country pf origin. No where does it state that it must be an FBI report.
Ours were done by our local small town police in the US (no charge) and they did two cards for each of us, suggesting that sending two sets to the FBI could lessen the possibility of rejection. All went flawlessly.
Billie, let's you and I go to Panama City and have a 'sit-down' with the new Presidente. We will have to ask him to follow a gringo around and see the 'fun' we have getting a visa and/or a (firsttime) driver's license. ha