PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

Effective 24 April 2019, the Ministry of Labour has introduced some changes to the work permit for nationals of so-called ‘friendly nations’ (paises amigos).

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PANAMA – Changes to Friendly Nations Work Permit

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COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.

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COSTA RICA – Slower Processing of Permanent Residence Applications Due to New Submission Rules

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PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

Following the enactment of Law 57 of 24 October 2018, employees of multinational headquarters (“Sedes de Empresas Multinacionales” or SEM) will be able to apply for permanent residence after five years of temporary residence, while continuing to work for the same company in Panama.

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PANAMA – Permanent Residence Now Available to SEM Employees

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BRAZIL – Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases

On 16 October 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution (NR) 34/2018, amending NR 03/2017, which is applicable to foreign nationals who enter Brazil for up to one year to provide technical assistance services while remaining on home contract.

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BRAZIL – Expedited Processing for Residence Authorisation for Technical Assistance Now Limited to “Urgent” and “Emergency” Cases

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

UPDATE] The Ministry of Labour has published further clarification of the procedures for renewal of work and residence authorisation for those holding permits issued under the previous law.

According to the Ministry, holders of a work permit issued before 21 November 2017 who wish to extend their stay must first obtain a new residence permit under the latest Normative Resolutions. After holding this for two years, they will be able to apply to convert this to indefinite residence.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published [UPDATED]

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

On 25 July 2018, the National Immigration Council published Normative Resolution 30/2018 regulating procedures for the renewal of residence authorisation for foreign professionals, effective immediately.

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BRAZIL – New Rules for Residence Renewal Published

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