ISRAEL – 2014 Increases to Immigration Fees and Prevailing Wage
The Israeli immigration authorities have increased the annual government fee and the processing fees for B-1 work visa and work permit applications, as well as the prevailing wage required for an expert B-1 foreign expert application.
There is also more information on the scale of the recent crackdown on immigration non-compliance in Israel.
Effective 1 January 2014, the annual government fee employers must pay for each foreign employee is 9,600 NIS (approximately $2,745 USD), up from 9,420 NIS. The government fee for Israeli B1 work permit applications is now 1,210 NIS (approximately $345 USD), and the B-1 visa/multiple entry visa application fee is now 360 NIS (approximately $103 USD). Total fees for B-1 work visas are now 11,170 NIS (approximately $3,192 USD).
Prevailing Wage Increase
Israeli immigration law set the annual salary for an expert B-1 work visa for 1 year as at least double the average Israeli salary in the market. Effective 1 January 2014 this prevailing wage is now 17,910 NIS gross salary per month. (approximately $5,117 gross salary per month).
Foreign Expert Deportations
According to the Head of Immigration Enforcement in the southern region of Israel, a total of 163 foreign experts were deported from Israel for non-compliance during 2013 (from the southern region only). Foreign experts from Singapore, the US, S. Korea, Ireland and Germany, among others, were deported. These foreign experts worked mostly in the high tech and energy sectors, including multinational companies. See our September 2013 alert for details of one such case.
Out of the 163 deportees, only 39 were allowed to return to Israel, while the others were barred from reentering Israel for the next 10 years. Harsh conditions and restrictions were placed on companies regarding the relocation of new foreign employees to Israel.
This information was released to the public by the Israeli Immigration Authority as part of an effort to impede the illegal employment of foreign nationals in Israel, including misuse of the visitor visa scheme for the purpose of work. Further on-site inspections are planned by the authorities to take place on a monthly basis.
- Note the fee increases and the latest prevailing wage.
- Note again increased workplace inspections and ensure that all employees/assignees in Israel have all of the supporting documentation required for inspections.
- Foreign nationals in Israel are strongly advised to carry their passports with them at all times