The situation

Administrative staff members of all Israeli consular posts worldwide unexpectedly declared a strike, resulting in the suspension of operations during the strike. The duration of the strike has not been announced.

Impact

The suspension of the Israeli services could delay immigration processes, especially since the strike was announced shortly before the start of the Israeli holiday season in most of September. This effectively leaves only a few business days during which consulates will be open in September.

As a reminder, public offices in Israel will be closed September 9-11, 18-19, 23-30 and October 1-2, 2018 due to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkoth, respectively. No appointments can be scheduled for these dates. Israeli consulates will work with limited staff and reduced opening hours during these dates.

Looking ahead

Fragomen expects the strike to last at least one week and will issue another alert when services have resumed.

Fragomen worked closely with Kan-Tor & Acco Law Firm (Israel) to prepare this alert.