Israel clarifies SEA program requirements

20 Jul 15

ISRAEL

IMPACT – LOW

What is the change? Israel’s Ministry of Interior has issued rules clarifying portions of the Short Employment Authorization program.

What does the change mean? Those applying for the 30-day SEA permits will no longer be required to present a valid airplane ticket as part of the application process. The ministry has also clarified that any request to change the dates on a work permit will require a new application, including payment of the 1,200-shekel (about US$315) application fee.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: SEA work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers who need foreign nationals to work in Israel for 30 days or less.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing will be slightly easier because it will not require as much time to gather supporting documents.

Background: Israel launched the SEA program in January after the program was temporarily halted in December. The program allows foreign nationals from visa-waived countries to work in Israel for up to 30 days in a 12-month period. A new application is required for each entry.

BAL Analysis: While the waiver of the airline ticket requirement eases the application documentation requirements, the ministry also clarified that any change-of-date request requires a new application. To avoid having to file a subsequent application, applicants should be as precise as possible when listing dates on applications.

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