Thursday, 11 June 2009

Am I under arrest?

The reasons behind making Aliyah can vary from person to person. Some people choose to make Aliyah for ideological reasons, some choose it for employment opportunities and some decide to make Aliyah for reasons they can't explain...they just feel in love with the place.

Whatever the reason, making Aliyah involves bureaucracy.

So to make life easier for everyone, the Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of Interior) decided to implement a new requirement for those who are in Israel and would like to change there status through their office.

The new rule now requires anyone changing their status with the
Misrad Hapnim to present a "character reference or police report" from their country of origin. This means that one must contact the authorities in the relevant country or state and apply for this document.

And if you thought that was all you had to do, you are mistaken. As the report is an official goverment document, it must receive an apostille stamp on it to verify that it is authentic.

So, adding approximately 3 weeks to the process, all of you on tourist/student/work visas who are looking to become Olim Chadashim in Israel should take this into account and factor it into your timeframe.

Wishing you all a speedy application...

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