Processing suspended at Israeli consulates as workers strike

22 Aug 16

ISRAEL

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Hundreds of Israeli consulate workers went on strike Monday, prompting suspension of processing at a number of Israeli consulates.

What does the change mean? Workers are expected to return to the job Tuesday, but it is possible the strike may be prolonged. Those in need of consular services should check with their local Israeli consulate before seeking services.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All consular services.
  • Who is affected: Anyone in need of services at an Israeli consulate.
  • Impact on processing times: The strike could slow immigration processes. Those seeking visas may experience delays.
  • Business impact: Businesses may need to adjust timelines in some circumstances.

Background: Hundreds of consulate workers went on strike Monday over labor issues. Employees announced plans to strike at consulates throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Germany, Spain and Jordan, among other locations. The strike was expected to last only one day, although its duration is not certain.

BAL Analysis: Those in need of Israeli consular services should contact their BAL professional or local Israeli embassy or consulate to determine whether the services they need will be available. Minor processing delays should be expected as a result of Monday’s work stoppage.

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