Immigration Law Update – Israel, January 2, 2024

    New Government Fee Amounts for B/1 Work Visas in Israel Effective January 1, 2024

    As part of our commitment to keeping you informed about critical regulatory changes, we wish to notify you of the recent update in the government fee structure for various types of visas, including the B/1 work visas, which predominantly affect the Foreign Experts sector.

    New Fee Structure: Effective from January 1, 2024, the Israeli government has revised the fee amounts for the B/1 work visas for Foreign Experts as follows:

    • Work Permit Fee: Now set at 1,340 NIS.
    • Annual Work Visa Fee: Adjusted to 10,875 NIS.
    • Multiple Entry Visa Fee: Altered to 195 NIS.

    Resumption of Normal Operations:

    Arrival of Foreign Workers in Israel: In these challenging times, we are pleased to share some positive news that signals a move towards normalcy in Israel, despite the ongoing hostilities. There has been a significant development concerning the entry of foreign workers into the country, which is crucial for various economic sectors.

    Significant Arrival of Foreign Workers: Since October 7, 2023, Israel has welcomed 14,575 foreign workers across various sectors. This influx of labor is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of the Israeli economy and its sectors during these turbulent times.

    Historic Flight from Sri Lanka: In a recent noteworthy event, a historic flight from Sri Lanka landed last week, bringing 210 agricultural workers to Israel. This arrival is particularly significant as it marks a concerted effort by the Population and Immigration Authority to expedite the recruitment process and provide much-needed support to the agriculture sector.

    Implications for Your Business: This development may have positive implications for your business operations, especially if you are involved in sectors like foreign experts, technology, or construction. The renewed entry of foreign workers signifies a step towards economic stability and continuity in essential industries.

    Israeli Citizens Using Foreign Passports:

    Please be advised that the period during which Israeli citizens can leave and enter the borders of Israel using a foreign passport has been extended until December 31, 2024.

    Our Support and Assistance: As always, our firm is here to assist you in bringing foreign experts to Israel. Whether it’s legal advice, assistance with work permits, or navigating the regulations surrounding foreign workers, we are at your disposal.

    Contact Us: For more detailed information or specific inquiries related to these updates, please feel free to reach out to us at IFTACH HANAN & Co.


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