Israel: Inspections likely to focus on third-party providers, subcontractors

What is the change? Israel’s National Immigration Authority has indicated that it will step up inspections, with a particular focus on contractors and third-party employees working at client sites.

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What does the change mean? Employers are advised to review the immigration statuses of contractors and subcontractors, the activities of business travelers and maintain copies of immigration documents and reports that may be requested by authorities.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and work permits.
  • Who is affected: Companies employing foreign nationals in Israel, particularly companies working with contractors, subcontractors or employees working at client sites.
  • Business impact: Businesses should take note of the likelihood of inspections and make sure they have taken the steps outlined above.

Next steps: The increased inspections are likely to continue throughout 2017. Among documents that should be kept prepared for inspection are: (1) a list of all foreign employees in Israel, (2) copies of foreign employees’ visas, (3) payroll slips going back at least three months, (4) employment contracts, (5) health insurance certificates, and (6) proof of adequate housing.

BAL Analysis: Companies can face serious consequences if employees, contractors or subcontractors are working without the proper permit or are conducing activities that are not allowed on the permit or visa they hold. Employers are urged to review the status of contractors and subcontractors and be sure they maintain relevant documents.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Israel. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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