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Albalira Montufar

Albalira Montufar



  • Immigration Law

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Albalira Montufar is a Partner in Morgan & Morgan and Head of the Immigration practice group of the firm. Prior to joining Morgan & Morgan, Mrs. Montufar was a Partner at a consulting regional firm specializing in corporate labor counsel and related affairs.

Her expertise includes more than 10 years of legal advising to companies in matters related to immigration and labor law, including work and residence permits, visas and citizenship applications, as well as advising multinational corporations with such processes when establishing in Panama.

Mrs. Montufar holds a LL.B., Political Sciences, from Universidad de Panama; Postgraduate Degree in International Trade, and a LL.M. in Negotiation, Administration and Execution of Commercial Treaties from Universidad Latinoamericana de Comercio Exterior in Panama; and a LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Montufar is admitted to practice law in the Republic of Panama.

Areas of Practice

Immigration Law


COVID-19: Update on Immigration and Labor Immigration
Morgan & Morgan, May 2020

The National Immigration Authority and the Ministry of Labor extend the measures taken as a result of the State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residence permits are extended up to May 15th. This extension is in force since March 13th. Reference is made to all permits and tourist stays that expire within the aforementioned period and will not give rise to fines due to expiration...

COVID-19: Measures Taken by the Panamanian Authorities, Applicable to Foreigners
Morgan & Morgan, April 2020

In this Informative Guide you will find important information about the following: tourist stays, visas and residence permits, work permits, traveling, and mobility inside the country including curfews, circulation permits (Salvoconductos), and driver’s licenses. Tourist stays Panamanian authorities have informed that tourist who have expired stays from 13 March 2020, as a consequence of the Covid-19, will not be fined. And they will be able to circulate...

New immigration changes in Panama: SEM, Special Regularization Process and Aviation
Morgan & Morgan, June 2019

Executive Decree No. 238 of June 10, 2019 Requirements to apply for permanent residency for executives of Multinational Headquarters offices (“SEM” for its acronym in Spanish) As of June 11th, 2019, the requirements to apply for the Permanent Resident Permit for Executives of SEM companies who i) continue working at a SEM company, and ii) no longer work for a SEM company...

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