The Immigration authorities in Panama are enforcing the return of employees original ID cards once the visa is cancelled.  Even if the company requests visa cancellation, the original ID is still required.  In the past, a copy of the ID along with a letter from the company used to suffice to initiate the visa cancellation.

If the employee leaves Panama without returning the ID card, the employer must obtain power of attorney singed by the visa holder to issue a migratory movement certificate to the Immigration Authorities in Panama, which will then cancel the visa.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.