Israel: Individual sponsor affidavit now required for each employee

The Semech affidavit – a document provided by the sponsoring company containing the company’s legal obligations toward the foreign employee and Israel - must now be provided and signed with each employee’s individual B-1 work permit application, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior.

Previously, one affidavit covered all simultaneously-submitted applications.

Affidavit Details

  • The sponsoring Israeli employer must ensure that the affidavit is legalised by an Israeli lawyer.
  • If submitted by a foreign sponsor, it can be either legalised at an Israeli consular post or notarised and apostilled.
  • The affidavit must contain the assignee’s name, nationality and passport number.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

This requirement will add an extra administrative step for each B-1 work permit application, and may require extra costs as legalisation or notarisation and apostille may be required.

Employers should contact their immigration professional to discuss the legalisation of the affidavit.

Stuart Beaty

Celsium, Birmingham, UK