February 07, 2013

The Population Immigration and Border Authority (“PIBA”) of Israel’s Ministry of Interior is experiencing some delay in approving certain “B-1” Work permit applications. At present, the PIBA is more closely scrutinizing work permit applications, particularly the category of “Foreign Experts”. Therefore, processing of this type of work permit may take upwards of at least three months.

What’s Changed?

“Foreign Experts” are the equivalent of H-1B employees in the U.S. and are commonly employed in Israel’s high tech, biotech and related industries.

Due to some recent staffing issues at the PIBA, and the agency’s increased scrutiny of eligibility criteria in Foreign Expert cases, there is a trend of increased processing times of upwards of three months.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Companies considering assignments to Israel are advised to prepare for at least a three-month processing time for certain B-1 work permit applications.

For highly-specialized or skilled workers being assigned to short-term Israeli client projects, please bear mind that Foreign Expert category may be more closely reviewed by the PIBA to confirm that there are no readily-available skilled Israeli workers to perform the proposed duties.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This is provided as informational only and does not substitute for actual legal advice based on the specific circumstances of a matter. Readers are reminded that Immigration laws are fluid and can change a moment’s notice without any warning. Please reach out to your local Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist should you require any additional clarification. This alert was prepared by Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management. Pro-Link GLOBAL worked with our PLG | KGNM Correspondent Office in Israel to provide you this update.