ISRAEL – Additional ID Document Required for Ministry of Interior Application
Effective immediately, the Ministry of Interior in Israel is requesting that applicants for B1 work visas submit a copy of a national identity card in support of their applications. This is in addition to the requirement to submit a copy of the applicant’s passport.
Applications in Process
The new requirement applies to all applications which have not yet been approved by the Ministry of Interior (i.e. the first stage of the approval application, prior to the consular application for the visa).
What About Applicants With No ID Card?
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has indicated that government office issued photograph identity documents, including national driving licences, will be accepted. Where the applicant has no national ID card and no driving licence (e.g. a UK national who has not learned to drive), the case will need to be discussed directly with the MOI to seek a solution.
Why The Change?
The new requirement has been implemented with the intention of improving security and verification processes. However, it is still a very new regulation and subject to change.
- Ensure that all current applications are supported by the applicant’s ID card copy, if possible
- If no ID card is available, contact Peregrine or Kan-Tor & Acco directly for assistance