September 11, 2012

The Israeli Government has released its dates of closures in observance of the Rosh Hoshanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot religious holidays. Israel’s Ministry of Interior (“MOI”) and the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (“PIBA”) will be closed to the public and will cease processing immigration matters on the following dates: September 16-18; September 25-26 and September 30-October 9, 2012.

Upcoming Holiday Schedule/Delays in Work Permit Processing Times 

The Israeli Government issues the B-1 work visa as the primary immigration benefit for most foreign national workers.

Initial and renewal B-1 visa applications are filed with the PIBA and MOI. The PIBA and MOI will be closed to the public and will cease processing immigration matters on the following dates: September 16-18; September 25-26 and September 30-October 9, 2012.

In addition, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs has advised that certain Israeli consular posts will also observe this same holiday schedule. Consulates that have thus far announced their closures are as follows:

  • Beijing
  • Berlin
  • Chicago
  • London
  • New York
  • Shanghai
  • Washington, DC

Please note that other Israeli consular posts may announce closures later this month. Please be sure to check with the local Israeli consular post prior to making business travel plans or estimating assignment start dates through end of October.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS

Basically, there will be no acceptance or adjudication of new B-1 work permit applications or extensions by PIBA and no visa processing services by the local MOI offices between mid-September through mid-October. In addition, none of the offices will have telephone hours on these dates. All pending applications will be adjudicated only after the holidays.

Companies and assignees should anticipate estimated B-1 work permit/renewal processing times of between 12-14 weeks immediately following the holidays.

As a general rule, Israeli consulates are closed on all Jewish and local country holidays. Most consulates also have English version sites that list holiday closings.

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.