Israel: Activation Requirement Clarified for One-Year B-1 Work Permits
The Ministry of Interior has clarified that one-year B-1 Work Permits not activated by a visa application within 90 days of issuance will be automatically cancelled and that violations of Work Permit obligations are a criminal offense. Increased inspections by immigration authorities are likely in the coming months.
Due to a large number of Work Permits remaining unused or kept available as reserves by employers, the Work Permit Unit of the Ministry of Interior has clarified that any one-year B-1 Work Permit not activated within 90 days of issuance will be automatically cancelled. B-1 Work Permits are activated by submitting a visa application to the Ministry of Interior.
Further, the Ministry of Interior has also clarified that violations of Work Permit obligations are a criminal offense under the Foreign Employees Law. The immigration authorities are increasing their worksite inspections in an effort to better enforce laws and regulations in the coming months, and it is likely that any violations found onsite will lead to more severe penalties against employers of foreign nationals.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Employers holding unused one-year B-1 Work Permits should consult their immigration provider for advice on how to proceed. In anticipation of likely inspection by the immigration authorities, employers should also work with their administrative and human resources departments to ensure proper immigration authorization is maintained for all foreign nationals.
Fragomen worked closely with Kan-Tor & Acco Law Firm (Israel) to prepare this alert.
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