IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Israel has published new regulations on work visas for foreign nationals working on large- or medium-scale projects that require specific technological or mechanical expertise.
What does the change mean? The new regulations were written to streamline processing and to establish a means for determining what types of projects require foreign nationals with specific technological or mechanical expertise who would not otherwise qualify for work visas. The new regulations allow for the waiver of a key salary requirement to enable companies to bring such workers, mostly blue-collar skilled employees, to Israel. Few details were released, however, on what projects will qualify.
Background: The application process for the work visas described have some similarities with the process for obtaining a regular B-1 work visa. Employers will be required to submit separate written applications for each foreign employee. Applications should include a project description and an explanation of the employee’s expertise, skills and knowledge.
Israeli companies contracting with foreign companies to complete a project must also provide copies of the contracts they have with their foreign partners.
The normal requirement that companies pay foreign workers double the average Israeli salary will be waived for workers coming to Israel via this route. Employers will be required, however, to meet other employment standards and conditions, including providing an employment contract, adequate housing and medical insurance, among other requirements. Foreign nationals must be directly employed by the foreign employer and cannot be third-party employees or freelancers.
BAL Analysis: While the new program offers the potential to help Israeli companies in need of project-related technological or mechanical expertise, some key details remain unavailable at this point and it may prove difficult for private sector company projects to qualify for this visa route. Those interested in the program should contact BAL at least eight months ahead of a project’s start date to allow for BAL to determine if this option will be available and to allow for adequate planning and time for visa processing.
This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.
Copyright © 2017 Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. All rights reserved. Reprinting or digital redistribution to the public is permitted only with the express written permission of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. For inquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Department data shows a dramatic increase in the number of visas issued last fiscal year. Colleges say the need
Danish immigration authorities released new rules that update the work permit exemption policy for employees working within affiliated companies....
The Swiss government has set work permit quotas for 2024, leaving them unchanged for EU/EFTA, non-EU/EFTA and U.K. nationals. Quotas
Canadian officials announced that a dedicated humanitarian pathway to provide permanent residence to Colombian, Haitian and Venezuelan foreign...