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ISRAEL – Applications for Extraordinary Work Permits Beyond 63 Months No Longer Accepted

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Israel’s Interior Ministry has stopped accepting applications for working permits beyond 63 months, under instructions from the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy.

This is expected to delay current pending applications for new and extension work permits beyond 63 months, and halt further applications for these extraordinary work permits from being submitted.

Background

According to the Israeli law, an employer can apply for a work permit and B-1 visa for a foreign expert, for the maximum period of 63 months from the date of initial employment in Israel.

Until recently, in exceptional cases, a special application to extend the visa beyond 63 months could be submitted. Following legal advice received by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy, the legality of the current process is to be examined, re-verified and then regulated accordingly.

Action Items

  • Expect delays in current pending applications for new or extension work permit applications beyond 63 months. The duration of the potential delay is not clear at this time.