Work Permits for Foreign Experts – High Tech
In light of the current shortage of skilled high-tech workers in Israel and in light of the importance of high-tech to the Israeli economy, a number of beneficial arrangements have been established that facilitate the bureaucratic process of employing foreign experts in high-tech and issuing them work permits. The procedure for handling applications from high-tech companies for foreign experts (Procedure No. 5.3.0043) allows a high-tech company, which has been recognized by the Israel Innovation Authority as a high-tech corporation, to employ a foreign expert and to be issued a work permit.
A few months ago, this procedure was only relevant to citizens of countries exempt from tourist visa requirements. Recently, the Work Permit Unit began allowing citizens of non waiver countries (such as China, India, and Turkey) to submit under this expedited process.
The fundamental condition for the application of the procedure is that the employer be recognized as a high-tech corporation by the Israel Innovation Authority, in accordance with the provisions of the “Procedure for recognition of a corporation as a high-tech corporation.”
A high-tech company will be recognized as such if it meets one of the following criteria:
This procedure allows the issuance of permits and work visas in three different tracks for companies recognized as high-tech companies:
The steps in the procedure for obtaining a foreign expert work permit and visa:
Step 1: Submitting an application for a work permit in the Population, Immigration and Border Crossing Authority’s Work Permits Unit in Jerusalem.
Step 2: Submitting an application for a B / 1 work visa and entry visa to Israel at the Ministry of the Interior, and sending the authorization to the Israeli consulate abroad.
Step 3: Issuing a work permit at the Israeli consulate of the foreign expert’s country of origin (usually, a B/1 work permit is for one month only).
Step 4: Extending the work permit’s validity to the desired duration upon the foreign expert’s arrival in Israel’s airport, and applying for a multi-entry visa at the Ministry of Interior.
The steps above relate to the standard and orderly procedure- however, depending on different circumstances and evolving policies, the steps in the process may be shortened or lengthened, and at each stage a requirement for additional documents, reports and relevant information for the Authority may be received. In addition, most of the procedures involve the payment of government fees.
Annually, it is possible to extend the employment period by an additional year up to a maximum cumulative total of 63 months.
Working in Israel without a valid work visa is a legal violation which may result in severe penalties, including: substantial fines (more than 5,000 NIS per business day), the arrest and deportation of the foreign expert (which may result in the possible impairment of the foreign expert’s ability to be employed in other countries), and even criminal proceedings against company executives in Israel and abroad.
Referring to a law firm that specializes in Israeli commercial immigration law (and specifically in the immigration of foreign experts) will allow one to determine if the Israeli company can be classified as a high-tech corporation and take advantage of this expedited procedure, and will significantly increase the chances of obtaining desired results.
Are you interested in employing foreign experts in Israel? Contact us today, and we will be happy to assist you in obtaining the necessary permits and visas!
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