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Partial Strike of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Effecting Consular and Apostil Processes

As previously advised on KTA Client Alert February 2022, employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the consular sections within all Israeli missions worldwide have  declared an effective partial strike. The partial strike is still ongoing.

During the strike, no apostile services are being provided (formal document legalization). The Work visa process at Israeli consulates is slower and in some random consulates is not being provided at all (for example: currently San Francisco and Moscow Consulates does not process B-1 work visas)

The strike is a result of a long dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over consular employees’ compensation and taxation benefits.


Employers and foreign nationals should take the un-expected and random scope partial strike into consideration. KTA recommends contacting the consulate prior to traveling for the visa process, to verify if the particular post is striking. Additionally, employers should take into account delays resulting from apostile applications delays.


 If an urgent process is pending, please update your Client Manager at Kan-Tor & Acco


Israel - Upcoming Immigration Office Holiday Closures 2022

Israeli government offices will be closed during the following dates:

Passover and Mimuna: 14 April 2022 - 26 April 2022

Independence Day: 5 May 2022

No work permits or visa applications will be adjudicated during the holidays.

Israeli consular posts abroad will also suspend their operations or conduct limited processing. 

 Visa applicants may experience processing and issuance delays following the closures. Employers should take the processing and issuance delays into consideration when setting start dates.

 Visa applicants should check with their local consulate for specific information on holiday operations.

 Employers and foreign nationals should take the holidays into consideration. 


Best Regards,


Amit Acco, Senior Partner - Israeli Law


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