Foreign students now allowed to work

6 Aug 15

ISRAEL

IMPACT – LOW

What is the change? Foreign students are now allowed to work in Israel under certain conditions, according to an amendment to regulations.

What does the change mean? Foreign master’s program students are allowed to work in certain teaching assistant and tutoring jobs at their academic institution, and foreign students of Jewish heritage are allowed to work part-time for any employer.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate.
  • Visas/permits affected: A-2 student visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign master’s degree students and foreign students able to prove eligibility under the Law of Return.
  • Business impact: Corporate employers and educational institutions may now hire foreign students on A-2 visas in certain circumstances.

Background: According to an amendment to Regulation 1974, certain foreign nationals holding A-2 student visas may work under certain circumstances.

Foreign nationals pursuing a master’s degree or higher may work as salaried teaching assistants or tutors at the academic institution where they are studying. Foreign nationals of Jewish heritage under the Israeli Law of Return may work part-time for any employer as long as the work does not interfere with their studies.

BAL Analysis: The change provides more flexibility for foreign students as well as corporate and academic employers.

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