ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Mar 2013In March 2013, the government of Panama announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Official Gazette, introduction of highly-skilled workers category: http://www.migracion.gob.pa/images/Noticias/Archivos%20PDF/Decreto%20Ejecutivo%20804%20de%209%20de%20oct.%20de%202012-Extranjero%20Profesional.pdf
On 22 March 2013, the Ministry of Public Security of Panama announced the creation of three new work permit categories. The new categories are introduced for:
- Italian nationals, who can obtain a work permit of indefinite duration, in accordance with a treaty between the two countries;
- parents of Panamanian nationals, who can renew their work permit on a yearly basis;
- highly-skilled foreign workers holding a bachelor's or post-graduate degree, who can renew their work permit on a yearly basis without proof of professional experience.
Residence permits for the above categories existed already but there was no specific work permit and applicants had to apply for an employer-sponsored work permit subject to regular quotas. The new permits instead are all exempt from quotas and sponsorship requirements.