The Israeli government has proposed a shift in passport policy, which currently grants a passport upon obtaining citizenship, to instead require proof of having settled in Israel to be passport eligible. The policy change would be part of the incoming coalition government’s immigration reform.
- Pre-2017, new immigrants were eligible for a passport only after living in Israel for at least one year.
- A 2017 law made new immigrants eligible for a passport immediately. This policy was met with criticism due to the potential for abuse.
The new coalition government wants to change the rule to “prevent the misuse of the rights the state gives to new immigrants by those who return to their countries of origin shortly after immigrating to Israel.”
The eligibility criteria for an Israeli passport for a new immigrant are not yet defined. Current policies have it so that new immigrants receive benefits, including stipends and housing subsidies, only while in the country. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to share updates as more news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting or case-specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.