What is the change? Israeli government offices will be closed for extended periods for the upcoming holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.

What does the change mean? Applicants should expect delays in mid- and late-September.

  • Implementation time frame: Sept 18-20 (Rosh Hashanah), Sept 27-Oct 10 (Yom Kippur and Sukkot).
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas, permits and other immigration-related services.
  • Who is affected: Anyone in need of immigration-related services.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times for all work permits and visas are expected to be delayed in September and October, including in the days and weeks after offices reopen.
  • Business impact: Employers should factor in the holiday closures and ensuing delays when planning business schedules and start dates.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should anticipate delays and submit applications before the holidays if possible. Israeli consular posts abroad will also suspend operations or operate on significantly reduced schedules. Overseas applicants should contact their relevant Israeli consulate for specific holiday schedules.

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