July 09, 2012

The Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI) has announced that B-1 work permit application processing times has increased to 12 weeks from eight weeks for initial and renewal applications.

What’s Changed?

The MOI has advised Pro-Link GLOBAL’s Israeli KGNM of increased processing times due to reduced staff adjudicating applications. These staff shortages affect processing times for initial B-1 and B-1 renewal applications.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Companies filing fresh or renewed B-1 work permit applications should take into account the increased processing time of 12 weeks when determining assignment start dates.

Special attention should be paid for renewal applicants intending to travel outside of Israel during the processing of their work permit renewal applications. Typically, most multi-entry B-1 work visas and accompanying family members’ multi-entry B-2 residence visas are endorsed to expire one month in advance of the actual B-1/B-2 status expiring.

Prior to departure, renewal applicants (both assignee and family members) must consult with their Israeli immigration supplier to apply for travel permission or confirm that their B-1/B-2 visas are still valid for re-entry to Israel.

As processing times may change with little to no advance public notice, clients are advised to confirm the current MOI processing times when considering new assignments or renewal of status.

Glenn Faulk, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, has written this alert in coordination with our Israeli KGNM-Liam Schwartz and Associates.

Caveat Lector | Warning to Reader

This content is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or final guidance for any immigration matter. Readers are reminded that a country’s immigration laws and requirements may change with little to no advance public notice. Questions regarding specific immigration matters should be addressed to your Pro-Link GLOBAL specialist.