• Improvements Expected for High-Tech Work Permit Process
  • February 2, 2018
  • At a Glance

    In 2018, the Israeli Ministry of Interior is expected to improve the high-tech work permit process, including:

    • Introducing an online application process that will speed up adjudications;

    • Allowing spouses of high-tech work permit visa holders to work; and

    • Allowing 500 foreign students in Israel to work in the high-tech industry without meeting prevailing wage requirements.

    The situation

    In 2018, the Israeli Ministry of Interior is expected to improve the high-tech work permit process to attract foreign nationals to the program.

    Online application process. A new online application process is expected to allow eligible employers who seek to hire foreign workers under a high-tech work permit to complete their pre-approval process with the Innovation Authority on a new online interface.

    o Impact. Israeli employers of foreign nationals applying for high-tech work permits, can expect to receive an adjudication of their application within days, instead of the current 45 days.

    Spouses. Same-sex, common-law and married spouses of high-tech work permit visa holders are expected to be able to work in Israel.

    Foreign students. Five hundred foreign students each year will be able to work in the high-tech industry in Israel without meeting prevailing wage requirements. Currently, foreign students must meet prevailing wage requirements to be able to work after graduation.