April 29, 2013
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has issued an internal announcement that all future Multiple-Entry Visas will be granted for the same period of validity granted on the B-1 Work Visa but only for those foreign nationals working in Israel’s Gas & Oil Drilling sector.
Until recently, when processing applications for Foreign Experts, the MOI granted a B-1 Work Visa for up to one year according to the Work Permit. In addition to B-1 Work Visa, a “Multiple-Entries Visa” is granted in order to allow the experts multiple entries to Israel during the period of employment.
Per previous regulations, the Multiple-Entries Visa was granted for a maximum of 11 months instead of 12 months, and in all cases, one month prior to the expiration date of the B-1 Work Visa. This would prevent the experts from departing and re-entering Israel during their last month of employment.
Recently, the Israeli Population and Immigration Authority instructed the MOI to grant a Multiple- Entries Visa for the entire validity period of the B-1 Work Visa for employees of the Gas & Oil Drilling industry.
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While this first-time step by the MOI to issue visa validity in tandem is a positive move, currently it is only limited to the Gas & Oil Drilling industry.
As a result, workers in this sector will now have greater flexibility to work offshore and re-enter Israel without undergoing lengthy secondary inspection during the “implied status” between the expiration of the Multiple-Entries Visa and the B-1 Work Visa.
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