Where to apply?
Ministry of the Interior
Shlomtzion Hamalka between Koresh and Hasoreg
P.O. Box 6158, 91061 Jerusalem
Tel. (02) 6701411
Website: http://www.moin.gov.il/ (Hebrew)
Sundays to Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
How to apply? Step by step procedure.
ACU highly recommends to the newcomers and to staff members who wish to renew their work
visas to contact us prior to initiating any procedure in order to avoid any
possible complications. Have into consideration that procedures change, so is
better to get an update before your arrival/renewal request.
If you would like to apply for a B1 visa for the first time, you should arrive in Israel with
a support letter from your employer INGO stating you will be working for them
or/and your work contract. According to the new procedure (as from January
2015), your employer INGO has to request a letter of recommendation from the
MoLSA prior to your arrival and send you a copy of it to be shown to the
relevant authorities upon your arrival. These documents will prove that you
are entering the country with the sole and only purpose of working for your
employer INGO. MoLSA advices the employer organization to get the appointment
for a B1 (wor) visa at the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MoI) prior to the
staff’s arrival to the country. If not possible, the staff should request an
appointment at the MoI as soon as they enter the country. The MoI should provide
you with a paper/receipt indicating the day of the appointment. You should put
this receipt inside your passport and move around with it. If your tourist visa
expires before the appointment at the MoI (not advisable), in principle and as
long as the staff has an appointment with the MoI and the receipt he/she is
legally in the country.
Note: You need to be in Israel one week/10 days before your appointment date at the MoI.
The staff should to his/her appointment at the MoI with the required documents and money for
the fee (see below). You can be granted the visa on the spot or your file can be
submitted to the MoI Committee or Head Quarters for its revision, in which case
you will be contacted by the MoI with an answer. If MoI fails to get back to you
on the status of your visa after 2 months, you should approach them. If you do
not get the visa on the spot, make sure you get a receipt to prove the visa
application is in process. If you need to travel while your application is in
process, you should inform the clerk in charge of your file at the MoI of the
dates you are going to be abroad, if not the processing of your application
might be cancelled. You do not need an appointment in order to do so, just go to
the MoI and approach your clerk.
Upon arrival in Israel, the staff will get a tourist visa stamped to his/her passport at any
border crossing (Ben Gurion Airport, Allenby Bridge, etc.). This tourist visa is
normally granted for three months but it can be granted for less time in some
If your visa application is rejected, please contact the ACU ASAP for advice and assistance.
You have 14 days in order to apply the decision.
Required documents and fee:
Letter of recommendation from the MoLSA (original). Click
(link to the form)(Document 1)
Completed application form (received at the front desk of MOI)
A support letter/work contract from the INGO (mark whether and how multiple entry is needed)
Proof of medical insurance.
180 shekels for single entry or 330 shekels for multiple entry (cash only).
Documents must be originals and signed with an apostille signature.
Documents must be in English, or translated into English by a notary.