Israel: Sponsor Affidavit Now Required for Each Employee

The Semech affidavit - a document provided by the sponsoring company containing the company's legal obligations toward the foreign employee and Israel - must now be provided and signed with each employee's individual B-1 work permit application, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior.

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The Semech affidavit - a document provided by the sponsoring company containing the company's legal obligations toward the foreign employee and Israel - must now be provided and signed with each employee's individual B-1 work permit application, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior.

Previously, one affidavit covered all simultaneously-submitted applications.

Affidavit Details

• The sponsoring Israeli employer must ensure that the affidavit is legalized by an Israeli lawyer.
• If submitted by a foreign sponsor, it can be either legalized at an Israeli consular post or notarized and apostilled.
• The affidavit must contain the assignee's name, nationality and passport number.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

This requirement will add an extra administrative step for each B-1 work permit application, and may require extra costs as legalization or notarization and apostille may be required.

Employers should contact their immigration professional to discuss the legalization of the affidavit.

Fragomen worked closely with Kan-Tor & Acco Law Firm (Israel) to prepare this alert. It is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Worldwide or send an email to emea@fragomen.com.


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