What is the change? Panama has simplified the process for Reinstatement of Status applications.

What does the change mean? Permanent residents who have been outside of the country for more than two years, and no more than six years, can now apply for reinstatement without having to submit updated versions of the documents required in the initial permanent residence card application. Applicants for reinstatement must instead submit a copy of their passport, a notarized declaration explaining the reasons for travel, and copies of the permanent residence card and permanent residence card approval resolution through an authorized attorney within 30 business days of arrival in Panama.

  • Effective date: Sept. 4, 2019.
  • Visas/permits affected: Reinstatement of Status.
  • Who is affected: Permanent residents applying for Reinstatement of Status.

Analysis & Comments: The change is good news for permanent residents applying for Reinstatement of Status, as they will no longer be required to collect and submit updated versions of the documents required during the initial application. Eligible nationals needing to submit a Reinstatement of Status should ensure that required documents are gathered far ahead of their travel, as an authorized attorney must still submit the application no later than 30 business days ahead of arrival.

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