The Panamanian government is set to legalize some 20,000 illegal aliens during the third day of the immigration initiative. This, according to an announcement made yesterday by the National Immigration Service (SNM).
Deputy Director of the institution, Jaime Ruíz, explained that the legalization process will be held from Oct. 18-21 in Panama City.
The official further disclosed that the immigration authorities will grant two-year permits to foreigners who are benefiting from this program, which requires them to reside in Panama for a duration of two years.
According to Ruíz, the process will be divided up in order to attend to citizens by age, nationality, and special cases, paying special attention to cases involving citizens from countries with restricted access and those cases that are considered “risky” to national security.
The SNM has established that immigrants from Mexico, Colombia, and Costa Rica, which do not require visas, will pay $765 for the residency permits, while those from Ecuador, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, will pay $1,260.