The Israeli government has implemented a new regulation for the Hi-Tech Work Visa, allowing companies to hire certain students and recent graduates as hi-tech professionals.

Key Points:

  • Hi-tech Israeli companies can now submit work visa applications for students or recent graduates for the following “hi-tech professions” in Israel:
    • Communication Systems Engineering, Computers, Computer Science, Data Science, Exact Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Information Systems, Mathematics, Medicine, Optical/Electro-Optics Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering and Statistics.
  • Current students hired to work in a hi-tech profession can only work part-time, and their salaries do not have to meet the prevailing wage of a foreign expert.
  • Companies can submit applications for individuals who have graduated in the past three years. Salaries for recent graduates working in hi-tech professions must meet the minimum salary requirement per month during the first six months of employment; salaries must be increased to at least 150% of the minimum requirement after six months of employment.

BAL Analysis: Authorities implemented the new regulation in an effort to encourage foreign students to study hi-tech professions in Israel while permitting them to work during school and after graduation.

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