Stricter Application Process For Hi-Tech Visa Holders Sponsoring A Spouse's Work Visa
At a Glance
The Israeli Ministry of Interior has clarified certain conditions regarding Hi-Tech (HIT) visa applicants seeking to sponsor their spouse's dependent B-1 general work visa. Effective immediately, such applicants must submit their spouse's work permit application simultaneously with their own and must include an affidavit with a declaration confirming the spousal relationship. The situation
The Work Permit Unit of the Ministry of Interior in Israel has clarified the regulations stating that Hi-Tech (HIT) visa applicants seeking to sponsor their spouse's dependent B-1 general work visa must submit their spouse's work permit application simultaneously with their own and must include an affidavit with a declaration confirming the spousal relationship.
A closer look
Affidavit requirements. The affidavit should be signed in front of an Israeli lawyer. Those signed outside Israel must be signed and legalized before a designated Israeli consular officer or before a local notary and apostilled. Personal appearance requirement. Upon arrival to Israel, both the expert and spouse must appear at the Ministry of Interior in order to obtain the work visa for the spouse. Impact
Foreign experts and their spouse must now appear at the Ministry of Interior to obtain their spouse's work visa, where previously, there was no need to submit a work permit application for the spouse; the main applicant only had to present their own and their spouse's passport to obtain a work permit for the spouse.
Latest clarification. In November 2018, the Ministry of Interior published regulations allowing spouses of foreign experts under a HIT visa to work in Israel under a dependent B-1 work visa without meeting the prevailing wage requirement. This current rule aligns with the...
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