Tag Archive for visas

Pakistani Jew seeks Israel’s permission to visit Jerusalem for Passover

Despite lack of diplomatic relations, Pakistani Jew Fishel Khalid seeks special visa to enter Israel, saying in an open letter that since he can now legally travel to Israel, his dream is to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

By Erez Linn

 

Fishel Khalid, a Pakistani who has become famous for convincing authorities to recognize him as a Jew, appealed to the Israeli government on Sunday and asked for special permission to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

In a special interview with Israel Hayom, Khalid says that because his newly issued Pakistani passport states his religion as Judaism, all he has to do in order to visit Jerusalem is get Israel’s permission. Continue Reading »

European parliamentarians and French mayors denied entry visas to ‘visit’ Israel

Due to their support of BDS and convicted mass-murdering terrorist Marwan Barghouti, Israel’s Interior Minister Deri and Public Security Minister Erdan announced jointly that they will refuse entry to a delegation of European officials.

By Itamar Eichner and Amir Alon

 

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced on Monday that he would adopt the recommendation of Minister for strategic affairs and public security Gilad Erdan, thereby refusing to allow a delegation of European parliamentarians and French mayors to visit Israel and the Palestinian Authority, due to their promotion of anti-Israeli BDS movement and intent to visit convicted Palestinian terrorist Marwan Barghouti. Continue Reading »

Israeli kiosk owner sentenced to jail in US for hiring Israelis illegally

 

Omer Gur Geiger was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison & fined $25,000 for hiring Israelis without work permits.
• Geiger was charged with 34 offenses, including making false claims to immigration authorities, visa fraud & money laundering.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

An Israel citizen living in North Carolina was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to six and a half years in prison for illegally employing dozens of young Israelis at mall kiosks across the United States.

Omer Gur Geiger, who arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa but later became a permanent resident, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Continue Reading »

Openly Bias U.S. State Dep’t webpage erases Israel, delegitimizing Jewish State

 

In another blatant demonstration of St. Dept. delegitimization of Israel, US visa application website lists all other countries, including Iran, but avoids mentioning the Jewish State by name.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

While the US State Department’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem as being part of the State of Israel is well-known and was even the subject of a US Supreme Court case, it seems that the official US visa information and appointment services website has erased Israel completely.

State Department building – Thinkstock

Elder of Ziyon notes that the visa application website is run by a private firm, Computer Sciences Corporation, on behalf of the US State Department, and is the only officially authorized website for completing visa applications. Continue Reading »

U.S. State Dept reforms visa renewal procedure for Israelis

 

The Israel-America Chamber of Commerce member Tsvi Kan-Tor says, “Waiving the requirement to go to the embassy makes things significantly easier for Israelis seeking visas, who had been forced to wait long periods to make an appointment.”

By Ilan Gattegno & Shlomo Cesana

 

The U.S. Embassy recently announced that it is waiving the requirement for Israelis above the age of 14 to renew their U.S. visitor visas in person.
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Israel & Australia sign 1-yr work visa agreement

 

18-30 yr-old Israelis with no children will be eligible for a 1-year Australian work visa
• Israel decided that draft dodgers won’t be eligible for the work visa, with exceptions, including Israeli Arabs and those who did national service instead.

By Shlomo Cesana

 

Israel and Australia signed an agreement on Wednesday that will allow young adults from both countries to get work visas from the other. The deal was part of a recent effort to secure work arrangements for young Israelis abroad, to prevent them from getting in legal trouble when looking for work.

Israelis will soon be able to apply for one-year Australian work visas – Photo: Rafael Ben Ari

The agreement was signed by Israeli Ambassador to Australia Shmuel Ben Shmuel and Australian Deputy Immigration and Border Protection Minister Senator Michaelia Cash.

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Karma: German family smuggled into Gaza is denied entry to Egypt

Egypt border officials say mother & children, who are German citizens, did not have Rafah-crossing entry stamps in their passports.

 

A mother from the Gaza Strip and her children were denied entry to Egypt because they had previously used smuggling tunnels to enter Gaza, a media report says.

Rafah crossing, August 27, 2014.

Palestinians at the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the southern Gaza Strip on August 27, 2014. – Photo: AFP

Egyptian authorities told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency that the family members, who have German citizenship, were stopped at the border when they tried to enter Egypt.

Their passports did not have entry stamps to Gaza, indicating that they had entered through the tunnels instead of through the Rafah crossing, Ma’an reported.

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New US-Israel Visa Option Opens Doors for Extended Visits to Israel

For those who invest in Israel with eyes on developing commercial ventures, will soon be able to obtain long-term entry visas.

By Michael Decker

 

There are many Jews and non-Jews around the world with a special interest in Israel, and particularly in the Israeli economy.


For non-Jewish Americans, a very special and unique opportunity is in the offing that would provide a way to financially bless the Israeli economy, be blessed in return by the Israeli economy, and be able to stay in Israel for an extended period of time on a special investment visa.

In 2012, the United States enacted an official arrangement allowing Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated American nationals were in turn made eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel. Continue Reading »

Are there really 750,000 Israelis residing in the United States?

Precise data differ between the different governmental sources or Jewish organizations, not to mention, how does one define an Israeli?

By Haim Handwerker

 

NEW YORK – It’s not easy to find accurate data about the number of Israelis living in the United States. The Israeli government and the Jewish Agency are in5e simple fact that no one has precise numbers. Be that as it may, the numbers being bandied about these days range from 200,000 to 1 million.
A recent event organized by IAC in Los Angeles.

A recent event organized by IAC in Los Angeles. An estimated 15,000 Israelis attended. – Source: Haaretz

Drawing on estimates of Israeli government ministries and the Agency, Sagi Balasha, CEO of the Los Angeles-based Israeli American Council which represents Israelis and promotes their interests, believes that there are between 500,000 and 800,000 Israelis living in the United States.

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Israel calls allegations of massive spying against US, absurd

 

Israel slams a Newsweek report based on unnamed sources, claiming Jerusalem is involved in attempts to steal US ‘industry & technical secrets’.

A senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem said the report has a ‘whiff of anti-Semitism’.

By Attila Somfalvi

 

Israel on Tuesday hit back at a Newsweek report claiming American officials believe Israeli intelligence-gathering efforts in the US have “crossed red lines.”

US Entry Visa

US Entry Visa

The Israeli embassy in Washington issued a denial, saying that “Israel does not conduct any spying activities (against the US), and condemns any attempt to tarnish Israel with false allegations.”

A senior diplomatic source in Jerusalem said Israel would send the US a strong message over the report, even going so far as to argue that parts of it were “tainted with a whiff of anti-Semitism.”

The scathing Newsweek report, published earlier Tuesday (also Israel’s Independence Day), said that “Jerusalem’s efforts to steal US secrets under the cover of trade missions and joint defense technology contracts have ‘crossed red lines’…going far beyond activities by other close allies, such as Germany, France, the UK and Japan.”

The report, by Newsweek’s Jeff Stein, went on to claim that, “Zionists were dispatching spies to America before there even was an Israel, to gather money and materials for the cause and later the fledgling state.”

The report also cited a congressional staffer familiar with a briefing of testimonies by US counterspies to the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees, who described them as “very sobering…alarming…even terrifying,” with another calling it “damaging.”

The report further went on to claim that Israel’s main targets were America’s industrial and technical secrets. Continue Reading »

Unlike the U.S., Belarus to Soon Drop Visa Requirements for Israelis

As the 2 countries expand their relationship, very soon Israeli visitors to Belarus are likely to be excused from visa requirements. 

By Moshe Cohen

 

While the waiving of the requirement for a visa for Israelis visiting the US remains a dream – or a rumor – Israeli visitors to Belarus are likely to be exempted from a visa requirement soon. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Gideon Saar authorized the opening of negotiations with Belarussian officials on a mutual visa exemption for travelers to either country.

Belarus Visa for Israeli Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Belarus Visa for Israeli Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Saar decided on the move after consulting with senior government officials, including officials of the Population Authority, the Justice Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the Public Security Ministry, and Israel Police. Continue Reading »

U.S. intelligence claims visa waiver for Israel would facilitate espionage

 

According to a report in Roll Call, the House Judiciary Committee warned that allowing Israelis entry into the U.S. without a visa would make it easier for Israelis to spy.

 

Officials in the United States intelligence community are opposing admitting Israel to the Visa Waver program – a program easing foreigners’ entry to the country – for fear that this would facilitate espionage, Roll Call reported, Friday. The Visa Waver program, already including 38 countries, would allow Israelis to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without taking out a visa.

Israelis stand in line for visas at the United States Consulate in East Jerusalem.


Israelis stand in line for visas at the United States Consulate in East Jerusalem.

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State Dept. working to add Israel to U.S. visa waiver program

Israel is working with U.S. so Israelis will no longer be required to apply for entry visas before visiting the United States.

By JTA

 

The United States and Israel are creating a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program.

Israel Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Israel Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

“This is a goal of both the United States and Israel, and it would make travel easier for citizens of both countries,” Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, said in a letter sent Thursday to Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.).

The Department of Homeland Security is also part of the working group, Frifield said. Continue Reading »

Israel to Grant Special Visas to American Investors & Vice Versa

 

As a part of an experimental program with the U.S. State Dept, Israeli businessmen will also be granted benefits, including investor visas allowing them to stay in the U.S. for up to 2 years.

By Omer Efraim

 

The government has approved Sunday a proposal by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar to set unique entry visas to American investors who seek to visit Israel frequently for business. The arrangement is a part of an experimental program in which Israelis seeking to invest in the US and wish to stay there temporarily in order to develop and manage their business, will be given similar special conditions. Continue Reading »

US visas withheld to Israel ex-security, now, post-army travelers

 

Congress & U.S. St. Dept. at odds over visas for Israelis following recent reports in unparallelled numbers of Israelis being denied entry visas.

By JTA

 

The battle between members of Congress and the State Department over tourist visas for Israelis features two competing archetypes of the young Israeli traveler.
Israel Passport - Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

Israel Passport – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The lawmakers paint a picture of a world traveler, matured by service to country, who deserves a break from the stresses of the Middle East. U.S. consular officials, meanwhile, have warned of lawbreakers hawking dubious Dead Sea beauty products in malls and at rest stops. Continue Reading »