ISRAEL - 30-Day Work Program Reintroduced
What is the change? Israel has reintroduced its 30-day Short Employment Authorization (SEA) program after it was temporarily suspended in December.
What does the change mean? Qualifying foreign nationals can apply for a 30-day work-authorization, a process which is much faster than applying for Israel's 90-day Short Term Expedited Process (STEP) program.
Background: Israel suspended the SEA program in December pending completion of formal regulations. The Ministry of Interior released regulations and announced that a new trial period would run from Jan. 26 until June 30.
The SEA program allows work activity in Israel for up to 30 days in a 12-month period. A separate application must be submitted before each entry. Applications must include personal documentation, travel information, a company affidavit, and power of attorney. In some cases, the company affidavit and power of attorney will need to be authenticated.
Nationals of countries that are not visa-waived, including China, India and Turkey, are not eligible for the SEA program and must obtain visitor visas at the Israeli consulate before traveling to Israel.
BAL Analysis: The reintroduction of the SEA program provides an option for employers who need to move foreign nationals into Israel for urgent or short-term assignments. The program allows for more flexibility in business planning.
Source: BAL Global Practice group