- Individual Sponsor Affidavit Now Required for Each Employee
- July 19, 2016
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
The Semech affidavit - a document provided by the sponsoring company containing the company’s legal obligations toward the foreign employee and Israel - must now be provided and signed with each employee’s individual B-1 work permit application, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior.
Previously, one affidavit covered all simultaneously-submitted applications.
- The sponsoring Israeli employer must ensure that the affidavit is legalized by an Israeli lawyer.
- If submitted by a foreign sponsor, it can be either legalized at an Israeli consular post or notarized and apostilled.
- The affidavit must contain the assignee’s name, nationality and passport number.
This requirement will add an extra administrative step for each B-1 work permit application, and may require extra costs as legalization or notarization and apostille may be required.
Employers should contact their immigration professional to discuss the legalization of the affidavit.