IDF recruitment of foreign citizens (legal information)

Under what circumstances can foreign citizens volunteer to enlist and serve in the IDF? IDF recruitment of foreign citizens is possible via the Volunteers from Abroad (Mahal) track for Jews living abroad. However, in recent years, additional enlistment tracks have been established for foreign citizens who are not Jewish. One prominent example is the IDF enlistment…

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Surprise inspections by Interior Ministry officials to ascertain the sincerity of a couple’s relationship

Can Interior Ministry officials legally conduct surprise inspections to ascertain the sincerity of a couple’s relationship? Many are unaware of that fact that during the procedure of applying to obtain Israeli legal status for foreign spouses of Israeli citizens, Interior Ministry officials are authorized to ascertain the sincerity of a couple’s relationship, including by conducting…

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Consular marriages in Israel

What are consular marriages and in what cases can they be conducted in Israel? Consular marriages are conducted in embassies and consulates of foreign countries. In recent decades the State of Israel has begun to recognize these marriages under certain conditions. In general, this recognition applies to marriages in which both spouses are of no…

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Making aliyah without your family (legal information)

Immigrants are often forced to immigrate to Israel in a “split aliyah” — leaving their families or spouses behind. Although the olim (new immigrants to Israel) themselves are entitled to their personal rights in these cases, various legal issues may arise which can make it difficult to bring joint children or single elderly parents to…

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Naturalization of permanent residents in Israel

What does the naturalization of permanent residents in Israel involve? Permanent residents who wish to acquire Israeli citizenship must apply to the Population and Immigration Authority. Applicants must meet the basic requirements, which include continuous stay in Israel, settling or intending to settle in Israel, speaking Hebrew and waiving any additional citizenship. Some cases may…

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