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20,000 foreigners to legalize their stay in Panama

07-16-2010 10:21 BJT

PANAMA CITY, July 15 (Xinhua) -- About 20,000 undocumented foreigners living in Panama will be granted legal right to stay, an official of National Service of Migration (SNM) said on Thursday.

Launched by Panamanian President Ricardo Martinellithe, the migratory policy "Panama Race Melting-pot" is aimed to benefit foreigners who have been living here for two years.

SNM Director Maria Cristina Gonzalez said a publicity campaign has been launched to help foreigners learn about the necessary procedures and sufficient staff assigned to meet the demand.

Citizens have to pay a fee of 765 U.S. dollars for those from countries that allow mutual visa exemption for Panama and 1,275 dollars for those from other countries, she added.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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