Panama Canal Immigrant Act Law and Legal Definition

The Panama Canal Immigrant Act provides for admission of a maximum of 15,000 immigrants, at a rate of no more than 5,000 each year. The Act is applicable to three categories of special immigrants. They include: ex-employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government, their spouses, and accompanying children; previous employees of the U.S. Government in the Panama Canal Zone who are Panamanian nationals, their spouses and children; and certain former employees of the Panama Canal Company or Canal Zone Government on April 1, 1979, their spouses and children.