Theoretisch sieht das
panamaische Einwanderungsgesetz eine Reihe von Möglichkeiten vor, eine
befristete oder dauerhafte Aufenthaltsgenehmigung (Visa) in Panama zu
erhalten. Aber so einfach, wie das im Gesetz aussieht ist das leider
nicht. Manche Visaarten werden nur ungerne vergeben, entsprechend lange
dauert die Bearbeitung. Es gibt auch andere Gründe, weshalb Visaanträge
nicht selten sehr lange dauern, z.B. eine neue Regierung mit der daraus
folgenden Neubesetzung der Stellen in den Ämtern.
die Verleihung der panamaischen Nationalität an Ausländer ist zwar
vorgesehen, aber man findet wiederholt Berichte von Leuten, die zwar alle
gesetzlichen Voraussetzungen erfüllen und alle erforderlichen Dokumente
eingereicht haben, aber dennoch jahrelang auf die Bestätigung warten
mussten und teilweise heute noch warten.
folgenden einige Berichte Betroffener aus einem englischsprachigen
Forum mit der Einwanderungsbehörde in der Provinz Chiriqui.
anfängliche Fragesteller versuchte offenbar eine Mitteilung an eine
höhere Stelle in der Einwanderungsbehörde in David/Chiriqui zu bringen
(vermutlich über eine Unregelmässigkeit) und erfährt, dass dies wenig
Sinn hat. Bei dieser Gelegenheit schildern Andere ihre Erfahrungen. Ein
Mitglied empfiehlt einen guten Anwalt, ein anderes vermutet, dass (nicht
so gute) Anwälte mit eine Ursache für Probleme sein können.
Does anyone know the email address for the Immigration Director in David
or the main Director of Immigration in Panama City please ???
I'm not looking for a general website nor a 'Contact Us' link as those
Googling as someone suggested is a complete waste of time.
I am wanting the Directors email addresses themselves and cutting out the
minnions who lose everything or are too indolent to bother.
I have written to the Embassy requesting details and if I get them I will
let be known to individuals who want and need them
This is free advise and may be worth what you paid for it. Do not do
this unless you NEVER EVER want to get your visa/residency here. The
indolence and defying manner with which an immigration clerk manages you
only is magnified at each step up the ladder at immigration. It's
the department nobody cares about and does not show any signs of change.
Since Panamanian citizens are not affected by it as a group it has no
importance in the headlines. You must eat poo poo until you get what
you want. Generally you do better hiring someone who is a
specialist and only show your face for photos. If you raise a stink
your papers will always go to the bottom of the pile. Rant and rave
here or in private but don't think that just because the law or
regulations say something that Immigration will do it. Surely I know
the feeling; actually it has vastly improved since I did mine 15 years ago.
It's so messed up now you don't know which palm to grease and that's the 'why'
to use a tried and true immigration attorney.
Yes, I know all that Jim.
I don't want or need a Visa, I already have one.
My enquiry is private but involves information needing to be known and
The Embassies in the UK and Panama City will be made aware as well so
there will be a little pressure for correct action being taken.
Thanks anyway Jim.
There is no Migracion Director in David. There are no decision makers in
EVERYBODY who works in the office there is just a paper pusher. They have
authority to do anything, and if something isn't being done, please don't
it out on them because it isn't their fault. In fact, the people there are
nice and really would like to help you...but they can't, because (once
feeling) they are all just clerks and all they can do is "call Panama
send documents there or receive them from there. They just do low level
Not by choice, its all they are allowed to do. Its not because they don't
to help you.
We have been here 8 years and have seen 3 administrations come (and two go)
Migracion is one agency that has not changed and probably never will. One
of Big City Suit incompetents (at best) and crooks (at worst) is simply
by another set. "NEXT?"
If you are having a problem with a residency visa, get your attorney to
you. If you are trying to get a visa and don't have an attorney, you have
fool for a client. If your attorney is incompetent, get a new one. For
example, Dmitri Troetsch is very knowledgeable about immigration and knows
to deal with both incompetents and crooks, and I can tell you that from
PS: Panama is a "touch" country. While government agencies have
addresses, most people who work for the government don't use it. Its not
way to get attention, unless you happen to personally know someone. Face
face is best, second choice is the telephone. The only exception to that I
found is that if you have a problem getting your NIT at Ingresos, the NIT
actually will respond to your email sometimes.
We agree with all that AND .......
The lawyers may be the main cause of the problem. The clerks in every
government office know the lawyers are gouging us and they aren´t
getting a fair piece of the pie. If the lawyer makes a mistake the clerk
will gleefully let it go through knowing it will cause a problem for the
lawyer. That this will ultimately come back on us is of no concern to
the clerk. Unfortunately, there is no getting around the lawyers.
Finding someone Panamanian who can intervene in your behalf with the
clerks has, for us, been the answer. Be very careful here, too. Many
people offer "services" and these can be costly. If the person
want money from you then you have someone who will actually be a help.
We are about to take on our fourth lawyer. It has been over two years
and thousands of dollars and we still don´t have our residency cards.
We are hopeful the new lawyer will actually be able to get the job done
once and for all. If he does we will pass his name along to you.
Don´t get angry, it won´t help. Move on.
Visas can be complicated, depending on what kind of visa it is you are
get. The government really doesn't like to issue visas other than
and bank deposit, and they make you jump through all kinds of hoops. To
worse, the rules are constantly changing, and each new incoming director
new requirements just to show they can and makes them retroactive. And
there is a change in government, everything comes to a standstill. Farmer
business investor visas seem to be the slowest and most vulnerable to
Also, remember that for most kinds of visas, you don't actually get a
visa for up to 5 years (each one is different), instead you get a series
year temporary visas and must reprove qualification each year to get the
one and finally, the last one. All this is to say it may be that the
incompetent but it may not be. Its quite possible that the government is
sitting on your file for no good reason. Have a sit down with your lawyer
ask him or her to tell you the problem and show you the file.
And once again, the clerks in the local branch office (ie, David,
have zero to do with any of this. They make no decisions, they adopt no
regulations. They just receive the paper and pass it on. The most they do
photo copy stuff and take your picture. The people in the local office are
the problem when it comes to unreasonable delays in the visa application