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A\1 visa to Israel allows applicants eligible for Aliyah to work and study in Israel

Joshua Pex
Joshua Pex

An A1 visa allows foreign citizens who have the right to immigrate on the basis of the Law of Return to live, work, and study in Israel. This visa gives eligible persons the possibility of “trying out” life in Israel before committing to Aliyah and citizenship. The visa holder may later decide to acquire Israeli citizenship or receive permanent resident status in Israel. Israel has some of the best universities in their fields in the world, particularly considering the low tuition fee for students in Israeli universities. Foreign citizens may have the opportunity to undertake their studies in English. This is one of the reasons why many eligible students decide to study in Israel via an A1 visa even if they do not want to immigrate to Israel.

Our law firm specializes in immigration and entry into Israel.
Attorney Joshua Pex will explain how to obtain a A1 visa in order to study and reside in Israel.

Who is eligible for an A1 visa?

Anyone entitled to immigrate to Israel under the Law of Return is entitled to receive A1 visa. Unlike other student visas in Israel, which are awarded based on academic merit, the A1 visa is limited to Jews or children / grandchildren of Jews who are entitled to citizenship in Israel under the Law of Return (1950). Eligibility for immigration is based on documents proving the applicant’s Jewish identity / heritage.

However, not every Jew or family member of a Jew is eligible for aliyah or to receive an A1 visa. Applicants are required to present documents indicating that they do not pose a danger to Israel. These documents include their police record, and documentation regarding previous refusals of entry into Israel.

How to submit an application for an A1 visa?

In order to receive the visa, the applicant must enter Israel as a visitor and apply to the Population and Immigration Bureau near their place of residence. Documents must be submitted proving that the applicant is Jewish and / or eligible for aliyah. The documents must be in a language the Bureau employee can read (English) or translated into such a language.

According to the Ministry of Interior procedure, the visa is initially issued for a period of up to 3 years. However, the A1 visa can be renewed for up to 5 years in total. An A1 visa holder may also receive an Inter-Visa (re-entry visa) for the duration of their stay in Israel.

What about those who want to stay in Israel after the visa expires without obtaining citizenship?

Many eligible immigrants are happy to stay and work in Israel for years, but do not want to go through the process of Aliyah to Israel.
For example, certain countries do not allow dual citizenship, and nationals of these countries do not want to give up their previous citizenship.
Previous holders of an A1 visa may obtain an A5 visa, a temporary resident status in Israel.

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