IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Israel has clarified that any work permit that is not followed up with a visa application within 90 days will automatically be deemed canceled.
What does the change mean? The policy is intended to prevent companies from hoarding work permits or holding onto them until their one-year expiration.
Background: The Ministry of Interior’s Work Permit Unit set the policy because of a large number of unused work permits.
BAL Analysis: Companies filing for work permit should be aware that they will be canceled within 90 days unless followed up with a visa application, regardless of expiration date. In light of the clarification that work permit violations constitute criminal offenses, employers should anticipate increased inspections and criminal prosecutions.
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