If you are interested in expanding your business to Israel, you will probably also be looking to bring employees in from abroad to help with the expansion operation. To bring foreign workers into Israel, you’ll need Israel work visas.
The process of applying for and obtaining your Israel work visas can be frustratingly complex, with a language barrier, administrative hurdles, and unique regulations all complicating matters. However, it’s crucial that you follow the process properly or you could risk significantly delaying your organization’s expansion.
At Horizons, our foreign expansion specialists provide an extensive offering of Israel work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, to help your business hire foreign talent in Israel and expand more effectively.
Basic requirements for Israel work visas
The specifics of the application process vary depending on where the applicant is from and other factors, but there are some general requirements that will be needed in most cases:
- Application form
- Application fees
- Valid passport
- Passport-sized photos
- Health check
- Criminal record check
Different types of Israel visas
There are a number of visas for Israel, all suited to different people and situations. Some of the most commonly used are:
- Work visas (B/1)*
- Visitor visas (B/2)
- Immigration visas
- Student visas (A/2)
- Temporary resident visas (A/1)
- Family visas (A/4)
How to get an Israel work visa
Both the employer and employee will need to engage with the visa application process. The employee must send supporting documents to their local embassy/consulate, and you (the employer) must send the work visa application to the Israeli Ministry of the Interior.
For the work permit application, you (the employer) must send the application to another Israeli government agency, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Labor. Once both of these have been approved, your employee can enter and work in Israel legally for one year, after which they will need to be renewed.
It is likely that some of your employees will need to bring family members with them to Israel. In these cases, they should apply for visitor visas (B/2) to allow them to reside in Israel temporarily.
Additionally, Israel has strict rules on carrying identifying documents with you at all times, so your employees should be vigilant and always carry their visas, permits, and passports with them to avoid fines.