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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
For those who invest in Israel with eyes on developing commercial ventures, will soon be able to obtain long-term entry visas.
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 »
Category: Israel News
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
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.” Continue Reading »
As the 2 countries expand their relationship, very soon Israeli visitors to Belarus are likely to be excused from visa requirements.
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
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 »
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.
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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.
Israel is working with U.S. so Israelis will no longer be required to apply for entry visas before visiting the United States.
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
“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 »
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 »
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
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 »