How to Obtain a Work Visa in Israel

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If you are visiting Israel on a tourist visa, it is also possible to apply for a working visa in order to hold a professional occupation and extend your stay. The application process is quite simple as long as you have already negotiated a contract with an Israeli employer. The Ministry of Interior in Israel is solely responsible for issuing and extending visas. The working visa has limitations but is a great way to experience a profession in Israel for a period of time.

Things You'll Need

  • Employment contract with Israeli employer
  • Medical insurance certificate
  • Valid passport
  • Review the occupations open to migrant workers to verify that you are qualified for a trade in Israel. The following are available to working visa applicants: agriculture, construction, ethnic cookery, industrial work, hospitality and nursing care.

  • Contact the visa department at the Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv branch of the Ministry of Interior. The offices can be reached by telephone or e-mail.

  • Indicate that you would like to apply for a B-1 visa (temporary work permit). It can be valid up to 54 months but must be extended with the Ministry of Interior after 1 year.

  • Complete the "entry visa to Israel for a purpose of work" application by downloading it from the Israel government website (see Resources). Also provide a valid medical insurance certificate and a passport with at least 6 months validity remaining.

  • Allow up to a few months for your B-1 visa to be authorized by the Ministry. Consult the visa department for individual costs and processing fees.

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