• Government Creates New Work Permit Unit for High-Volume Filers, Implements Other Processing Changes
  • December 15, 2011
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Israel’s Semech Unit, the government department that oversees immigration matters, has announced the creation of a new adjudications unit to oversee work permit applications from high-volume filers. In a related development, the Semech Unit will no longer accept incomplete work permit applications and overall work permit processing times have been extended.

    Extra Scrutiny for Companies Sponsoring More Than Thirty Foreign Worker Per Year

    The Semech Unit’s new review committee will adjudicate work permit applications for foreign experts from employers that sponsor more than 30 foreign workers in a calendar year. The purpose of the committee is to increase restrictions on the hiring of foreign nationals.

    Though the committee has been implemented, official regulations concerning its operations have not been published. Until the regulations are released, processing times for applications put before the committee are not known, but delays are expected.

    Incomplete Work Permit Applications No Longer Accepted

    The Semech Unit will no longer accept incomplete work permit applications, including applications for which all supporting documents have not been submitted. Previously, authorities would accept incomplete applications and allow applicants to submit supporting documents after their initial filing.

    Standard Work Permit Processing Time Extended

    The Semech Unit also announced that the standard processing time for work permits has been extended from 45 to 60 days. This will lengthen the total immigration processing time for foreign workers to approximately three and a half months. As a result, employers are advised to begin work permit cases at least four months in advance of their need.