What is the change? Israel has clarified requirements for spouses of Hi-Tech (HIT) visa applicants submitting dependant visa applications.

What does the change mean? Spouses must submit B-1 work visa applications simultaneously with the initial HIT visa application. The spouse work visa application must contain an affidavit confirming the spousal relationship, and the affidavit must be signed either: 1) in Israel before an Israeli lawyer, 2) by a designated officer at an Israeli Consulate abroad, or 3) by a local notary and verified with an apostille stamp.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas impacted: B-1 work visas for spouses.
  • Who is impacted: Spouses of Hi-Tech visa applicants.
  • Business impact: Companies should ensure that spousal visa applications are submitted at the same time as the HIT visa application for the primary applicant.

Background: In November 2018, Israeli authorities confirmed that spouses of HIT visa holders were eligible to obtain a B-1 work visa, allowing them to work for any company without meeting prevailing wage requirements. Recently, authorities have clarified that spouse visas should be submitted along with the primary HIT visa application and must include an affidavit proving the spousal relationship. The affidavit must include a declaration from both spouses that they will leave Israel as soon as the primary holder’s visa and visit license expire and that they will not apply for a temporary or permanent stay visa and license in Israel.

Analysis & Comments: The change clarifies requirements for spouses of HIT visa applicants submitting work visa applications and requires them to submit their visa application, along with an affidavit proving their spousal relationship, at the same time their spouse submits a HIT visa application. Eligible spouses should consult their immigration representative for more information.

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