Righteous Among the Nations Visa – Residence permit in Israel
Israeli Ministry of the Interior procedure for granting a residence permit in Israel to Righteous Among the Nations and their offspring
The Righteous Among the Nations are citizens of foreign countries who helped Jews during their persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators during the Holocaust. These brave men and women are not Jewish themselves, but risked their lives to help the persecuted Jews. They are recognized by the Israeli Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Organization in Jerusalem, and are also granted special benefits by the state of Israel in all matters relating to obtaining a legal residence permit. In order to achieve historical justice, the State of Israel decided to grant a Righteous Among the Nations Visa, allowing them, their children, and their grandchildren, a legal way to live and work in Israel.
In this article, attorney Joshua Pex, an immigration lawyer to Israel at the Cohen, Decker, Pex and Brosh law offices, will detail the conditions and requirements for legal status in Israel based on the procedure for granting a residence permit in Israel to “Righteous Among the Nations”. Due to time that passed since WWII, a Righteous Among the Nations Visa primarily concerns residence permits in Israel for children and grandchildren of Righteous Among the Nations.
Conditions and requirements for a permit to stay in Israel for the offspring of Righteous Among the Nations:
The applicant for status in Israel as a child or grandchild of a Righteous Among the Nations must fulfill the following conditions:
1. Personal presence at the Ministry of Interior office is mandatory.
2. Filling out an application form for the extension of a residence permit / change of visa type.
3. Yad Vashem’s confirmation that the parent / grandparent was a Righteous Among the Nations.
4. The approval of the liaison office to verify the family ties between the applicant and the Righteous Among the Nations parent or grandparent – a birth certificate and official documents proving that the applicant is indeed the child or grandchild of the aforementioned Righteous Among the Nations person.
5. A passport valid for six months beyond the visa’s expiration date.
6. Two up-to-date passport pictures.
7. Original and verified “certificate of integrity” (criminal records check)
8. A prerequisite for obtaining status in Israel via a Righteous Among the Nations visa is legal entry into Israel and legal residence in Israel.
9. Health Declaration Form.
10. Payment of the fee – the service entails payment of a fee as detailed in the fees table.
The procedure for granting a residence permit in Israel – Righteous Among the Nations visa for a child or grandchild
The employee of the Office of the Ministry of Interior in Israel who receives the application form ensures that all of the above requirements have been met. In addition, if documents from Yad Vashem were not attached to the request, the request will be immediately denied and the applicant will be required to leave Israel.
It should be emphasized that if a person applying for a status in Israel as a offspring of Righteous Among the Nations does not have a valid residence permit, their departure from Israel within 14 days of the refusal is required.
If the applicant has been in Israel in the past, the MoI (In Hebrew: Misrad Hapnim) employee will forward a query to the Israel Police regarding criminal past or other security concerns, as well as check entries and exits from the border control file, to ensure that the applicant doesn’t pose a threat to the safety of the Israeli public.
If it is found that a person applying for status in Israel in accordance with the procedure for granting status in Israel to children and grandchildren of Righteous Among the Nations, is in fact not the child or grandchild of a Righteous Among the Nations, or that there is any other impediment, his request will be forwarded to a bureau committee headed by the Director of the Bureau, which will review the request and decide according to the circumstances.
Minor children of the grandsons of the Righteous
The grandchildren of the Righteous People of the World can come to Israel accompanied by their minor children so that they can live and study in Israel. Since the issue of the children of the grandchildren of the righteous is not described in the law, permission must be obtained from the special committee of the Ministry of the Interior in Jerusalem. The Committee’s considerations on this issue are subjective and not specified in the procedures of the Ministry of the Interior. However, the help of an immigration lawyer may help your application on this matter.
Approval of the application for status in Israel for the children and grandchildren of Righteous Among the Nations
If the applicant is an offspring of a Righteous Among the Nations and there is no impediment to granting their status in Israel, they will granted a B/1 work visa in Israel for a one year period, which will be extended each year for up to 5 years in total. During every visa extension, the permit should be examined to ensure it meets all the conditions and requirements of the procedure for granting status in Israel to the offspring of the Righteous Among the Nations.
After a period of five years in Israel, if there is an application to extend the residence permit in Israel further, the application will be submitted to the head of the Population and Immigration Authority in the Ministry of the Interior.
Contact the Cohen, Decker, Pex, Brosh law offices in Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv for further information about immigration to Israel in general, and a Righteous Among the Nations visa in particular.
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