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ISRAEL - Increased Workplace Inspections

The Ministry of Interior has, in the last few weeks, stepped up inspections at workplaces. This week, Micron Technology Corporation was in the Israeli press for having been caught with 22 U.S. and Singaporean national workers working without valid permits - the individuals were taken for interrogation and asked to leave the country within a week.

In the case of Micron, the employees were provided by a contracting firm which, according to Micron, had responsibility for arranging the permits. The situation serves as a reminder that all agreements with such contracting firms must be clear about who has responsibility for permit applications (and who has liability in the case of errors or bad practice). Notwithstanding responsibility and liability concerns, it is Micron's name in the press, which also serves as a reminder that one of the most damaging aspects of a non-compliance issue, regardless of blame, can be to a company's reputation.

Action Items

  • Note increased workplace inspections and ensure that all your employees/assignees in Israel have the correct immigration documentation.
  • Foreign nationals in Israel are strongly advised to carry their passports with them at all times
  • If in Israel, you may be interested in attending a seminar arranged by the Israeli-American Chamber of Commerce and Kan-Tor & Acco, Peregrine's partner in Israel, on 15 October. Mr. Yossi Edelstein, Director of Enforcement and Foreign Nationals at the Ministry of Interior will be the Key Note Speaker. This seminar is free but there are limited places. Contact Kan-Tor & Acco directly to book your place.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Kan-Tor & Acco

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.