What is the change? The Immigration Authority’s enforcement unit has stepped up inspections, focusing particularly on contractors and third-party employees working at client sites.

What does the change mean? Employers are advised to review the immigration statuses of employees, contractors and subcontractors, as well as the activities of business travelers. In addition, employers are advised to maintain copies of immigration documents and reports that may be requested by authorities, including (1) a list of all foreign employees in Israel, (2) copies of foreign employees’ visas, (3) payroll slips going back at least three months, (4) employment contracts, (5) health insurance certificates, and (6) proof of adequate housing.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: All visas and permits.
  • Who is affected: Companies employing or hosting foreign nationals in Israel, particularly companies working with contractors, subcontractors or employees working at client sites.
  • Business impact: Businesses found to be employing or hosting foreign workers illegally face steep penalties, including fines, employee deportations and criminal indictment against the company and individual managers.

Background: Immigration authorities indicated earlier this year that they would increase site visits, with a particular focus on third-party providers and subcontractors. BAL’s network partner in Israel has seen an increase in these kinds of audits and visits in recent weeks and months. Foreign nationals found to be working illegally in Israel will be detained and deported.

BAL Analysis: As noted above, companies face serious consequences if employees, contractors or subcontractors are working without the proper permit or are conducing activities that are not allowed on the permit or visa they hold. Employers are urged to review the status of employees, contractors and subcontractors and be sure they maintain relevant documents.