Notice on Arrangement of a Humanitarian Visa
iSavta | 15.07.2020
Unlike other countries, Israel does not allow permanent residency in the country unless by marriage and by a few other special circumstances. The B1 Visa, which allows other nationalities to have a working visa in Israel, is limited under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior Ministry.
However, just like any other laws, there were some significant amendments on this law and these changes gave way for a Special Humanitarian Visa, which gave those long-staying Caregivers a chance to remain in Israel and work legally.
The Special Humanitarian Visa has clauses which somehow make it difficult to obtain. Those conditions are very particular and exclusive but not impossible. That’s the reason why too many Caregivers are seeking for employers who can give them this kind of visa.
But recently, the Population and Immigration Authority or PIBA in Israel receives a lot of complaints from Caregivers about agents who offer help to extend their visas under humanitarian grounds and are collecting money or fees for the process.
PIBA published a Notice to the public, especially for foreign Caregivers to warn them against these activities. PIBA reiterated that the process is free of charge and according to the Employment Service Law, 5719-1959, and its provisions prohibit the collection of payment from a foreign caregiver, whether directly or indirectly, in Israel or abroad, with regard to his or her placement.
The Commissioner for Foreign Workers' Labor Rights also clarifies that the charging fees for filing an application with the Humanitarian Committee for Home based caregivers is illegal.
Here’s the full written and published notice.
Notice concerning the Illegal Fee Charging for the Arrangement of a "Humanitarian Visa"
The Foreign Workers' Labor Rights Unit has recently been receiving a large number of complaints, according to which various agents have been collecting payment from foreign caregivers for filing an application with the Population and Immigration Authority (PIBA) to extend their work permit in the caregiving sector on humanitarian grounds pertaining to the nursing patient seeking to employ the worker – a service that PIBA provides free of charge. As is well-known, the Employment Service Law, 5719-1959, and its provisions prohibit the collection of payment from a foreign caregiver, whether directly or indirectly, in Israel or abroad, with regard to his or her placement.
The Commissioner for Foreign Workers' Labor Rights –hereby clarifies that the charging fees for filing an application with the Humanitarian Committee for Home based caregivers is illegal.
The Foreign Workers' Labor Rights Unit urges any foreign worker who was asked to pay for this service to contact the unit in any language, via one of the following methods:
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