Your guide to moving to Israel
Why live in Israel?
A small but incredibly strong country. Strong in probably every way imaginable, Israel has shown its toughness and determination to the world in many different ways. The economy is definitely one of the most powerful aspects of the country. Growth and development continue in income, education and employment.
But what is it like to live and work in Israel, a place with such rich history and culture? At the top of the list comes food. Israelis love good food and lots of it. Among all developed countries in the world, Israel has the lowest prices for fresh produce. A healthy diet, even a vegan or vegetarian diet, is easy and cheap. The weather is great year round and with the Dead Sea around the corner, there is no need to ever book spa treatments.
People are also very involved in each other’s lives. Neighbors, friends, total strangers: everyone is always willing to help out or tell you exactly what they think you should do in any situation. English is widely spoken, just as Hebrew and Arabic, and many locals have an international background so you will get to enjoy meeting people from all parts of the world.
The Israeli Ministry of Interior grants work permits to enable immigrants to live and work in the country for a limited time. It is not necessary to have a contract or employer before applying for the work permit.
A fee must be paid for the application and a number of documents are required, among which the results of an extensive medical check, a certificate of conduct, a declaration of the taking of a fingerprint and a filled out application form. The Ministry of Interior can extend your work permit and visa.
Youth Mobility Visa
- If you are an Australian, Austrian, German, South Korean or New Zealand citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.
To find out if you need a tourist visa to visit Israel, please use the VisaHQ tool below.
If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency. If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
Citizenship through your family
- If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency. If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
There are no investment visas for Israel at this time
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