Working Tourist Visa B1
Tourists who are eligible for aliyah and wish to work in Israel may apply at Misrad HaPnim (Ministry of Interior) nearest their residence for a B-1 Working Tourist Visa or, if they already have a job offer, they may apply at the Misrad HaPnim office nearest to the place of work.
Individuals who are eligible for aliyah require:
Valid Passport for at least 3 months over the requested stay
1 passport photo
Proof of Eligibility for Aliyah (usually a notarized letter from overseas community rabbi)
Proof of Medical Insurance for the entire stay in Israel
If you have already been in Israel for 6 months, a teudat yosher (Record of Good Standing) from the Israeli police.
You may also be required to give a Record of Good Standing with an apostille from abroad and/or a medical certificate regarding your health.
If you have a job offer, also bring a letter from the employer, on official letterhead, with your name, passport number and job description of the promised job. If approved, Misrad HaPnim will issue a B-1 visa for up to 2 years. When the visa expires you may apply at Misrad HaPnim for a renewal.
Individuals who are not eligible for aliyah require:
Record of Good Standing with an apostille
Certification and results of specific medical tests including blood tests performed in clinics or hospitals recognized by the Israeli Consulates. (The certification must cover, inter alia, normal results in tests for tuberculosis, hepatitis and AIDS.)
Fingerprints accompanied by a photo with a declaration.
A completed application for the visa
Two passport pictures (5X5 cm)
The prospective employer must write a letter to Misrad HaAvoda (Ministry of Labor) requesting that the tourist work for them, stipulating why they need to hire this specific tourist. The letter must also include the name, passport #, job description, starting date and duration of the job. If the visa is approved, which may take several weeks, then the letter of approval must be taken to the local Misrad HaPnim and a B-1 Visa may be granted for 6 months for the specific place of employment only. The visa is generally granted for a period of 6 months and a request can be made for a 6 month extension, which may or may not be granted.
Note: Government offices do not hire tourists.
Taxes: A holder of a B-1 Visa pays a higher income tax rate than an Israeli resident.
Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) and Health Benefits: Working tourists will have Bituach Leumi payments deducted from their salary but are not entitled to national health insurance even when paying in to Bituach Leumi. If a tourist is in Israel for more than a year, he can appeal to Bituach Leumi and ask to be regarded as a resident, which would entitle him to basic health insurance – but in most cases, this is NOT granted.
Customs Benefits: You may import or purchase a vehicle in Israel, with a reduction in taxes, when you enter Israel or within 3 months of your date of entry.
Klitah (Absorption) Rights: If you choose to make aliyah and have been in Israel for a cumulative stay of more than 24 months in the 3 years prior to date of aliyah, you will not be eligible for full absorption rights. You will be eligible for some benefits providing you were in Israel for less than 5 years in the last 7 years. For more information, consult with an AACI counselor via firstname.lastname@example.org or with a Jewish Agency representative.
Note: There are two types of B-1 Visas. There is a single-entry visa and a multiple-entry visa. If you intend to travel outside of Israel for this job, be sure to choose the option of the multiple-entry visa. Be aware that the single-entry visa is cancelled automatically when exiting Israel, whereas the B-1 multiple-entry visa is valid until its expiration date.
We recommend consulting with an AACI counselor if you are considering this visa.
The information presented in this article was accurate at the time of publication. Changes in procedures and in the law may occur. AACI does not take responsibility for changes and recommends you confirm the above information with an AACI counselor.
Update July 2020
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