Visa and working permits for Israel

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1. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have done some further research and have written several people in Israel (including some companies) and found out there's enough jobs I could do, however work permits could be an issue.

Could someone tell me if there is any chance of getting a working permit when one is
a) not Jewish
b) not having any family from Israel
c) just very interested/fascinated by the country itself

I wish to make one thing clear though: I do not want to convert. I am non-religious, and I'd feel like abusing a system when I'd pretend to be a believer just to get a visum. I think that would be very unfair, so I rather hope visas can be gained in an honest way. I know normally only Jews or people with families or partners from Israel are allowed to emigrate, but most laws have some 'back doors' ;) Does anyone know information about that?

2. Posted by Gerrit_BE (Full Member 83 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

No one having any form of information?

I am still in touch with some of these employers and with one of them things are quite concrete. They are interested in recruiting me but they are not sure if they could arrange a working permit for me. Does anyone know what sort of documents need to be provided and filled in by the company, and how the procedure works?

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

When I was in Israel, I was told that it was pretty easy to have your (tourist) visa extended if you were volunteering at a Kibbuz. You had to bring your passport, a passfoto and documents proving that you could support yourself. (Bank account statements, letter from the Kibbuz you were volunteering at, etc.)

So this might be a possible backdoor - coming there as a tourist, finding a job and then applying for a work and residency permit. I heard about people who have done exactly this, but I never went through the procedure myself. And I was there in 2000, so lots of thig might have changed.

Have you tried to contact the Israeli embassy for help? What was their response?