ISRAEL – Government Office Closures and Increased Immigration Audits
Israeli government offices will be closed on election day, 17 March, and from 3 April until 12 April 2015 for the Passover holiday.
Also, the immigration authorities have recently increased audits of employers.
During closure periods, no work permits or visa applications will be adjudicated. Israeli consular posts abroad may suspend their operations or conduct limited processing during this time. Visa applicants should check with their local consulate for specific information on holiday operations.
Increase in Audits of Employers
The Enforcement Unit of the Immigration Authority has recently increased its audits of employers. The purpose of the audits is to ensure employers comply with the immigration laws and to prevent illegal employment. The audits may be performed without prior notice.
During the audits, passports and other relevant documents are examined. Foreign nationals that are found to be working without the proper visa are subjected to immediate detention and deportation. The employer can be issued high fines and/or criminal indictments.
- Note the closure of government offices on election day and over Passover and plan applications accordingly.
- Ensure that all foreign nationals have the correct visa for working.