Israel Work Visa for Indians

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Israel Work Visa for Indians

Israel, a technology-driven country and a growing economy, is an excellent option for relocation to explore various work opportunities for professional growth and development.

From attractive salary packages to global recognition and a well-developed entrepreneurial ecosystem, Israel offers a suitable working environment for Indians with the assurance of a pleasant cultural experience and warm hospitality.

To obtain an Israel work visa for Indian citizens, understanding the different Israel work visa requirements for Indian citizens and assessing the different types of work visas available is necessary.

Israel Work Visa Requirements for Indian Citizens

If you wish to work in Israel as an Indian citizen, you must obtain a valid work visa and permit from Israel to work in the country without any hassle.

Without a work visa, you cannot work in the country with any employer, regardless of the applied visa category outside the work visa options.

The work visa, based on category, comes with a fixed validity of 30 days, and any employee looking to work for a longer duration must also hold a valid work permit to continue working. For an Israel work visa for Indian citizens, here is a quick list of general visa requirements:

The applicant’s age must be at least 18 years.

A valid passport with at least two blank pages and a validity of at least 3 years from the date of arrival in Israel.

Visa application form based on the visa category.

Proof of financial stability with the submission of bank statements, salary slips, etc., to prove your financial well-being to live and work in Israel.

A valid job employment contract or letter from an Israeli employer clearly stating your job roles and responsibilities and other important details.

You must not hold any criminal record in India.

You must prove your professional and educational qualifications to assist your employment contract decision.

Work Visa Guidelines and Requirements for Israeli Employers:

The Israeli employer is responsible for applying for a valid work permit on your behalf as an Indian citizen travelling to Israel on a work visa. Here is all the information you need to know.

The Israeli employer needs to first apply for a work permit application at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor or MOITAL.

Upon approval from MOITAL, the employer needs to seek approval from the Ministry of Interior in Israel before extending any employment contract to a foreign national.

To seek this approval, the employer needs to prove their efforts undertaken to fill up the required position with Israeli citizens first. This is mandatory to prove the need for a foreign national with the required qualifications to come and work in Israel.

The employer also needs to submit a list of documents for the work permit application for the Indian employee, and the list includes-

Valid employment contract

Sufficient proof of the employee’s qualifications and specialisations

Financial statements of the company

Other company documents, as requested

Lastly, the employer needs to make the payment for the work permit application fees to process the application for final approval.

Types of Israel Work Visas for Indians

To obtain a work visa for Israel, there is only one visa category called the B-1 visa for employment purposes. Under this category, there are two sub-categories: expert and caretaker employment.

All Indians coming to Israel for a confirmed job opportunity with an Israeli employer need to apply for this visa. This work visa is valid for 30 days from the day of entry, after which they need to apply for a work permit to continue working.

For both these categories, a B-1 visa application form needs to be submitted.

Employment Visa Visa Categories Validity 
B-1 Work Visa Category 1 Expert  30 days
Category 2 Caretaker

Under the B-1 work visa expert categories, the following job types are included.

Experts- Foreign nationals coming to Israel from India for a specific job role or work opportunity limited to their specialisation or additional qualification with valid proof can apply for an expert work visa for a short period of 90 days using the B-1 application form.

Specialists in Academic Fields - All Indians working in roles like auditors, senior executives, senior supervisors, engineers, or specialised workers in different industries or research and development categories can apply for a B-1 employment visa.

Specialists in Non-Academic Fields - All Indians working in roles that do not require academic eligibility, like mechanical installers, welders, carpenters, or other similar roles, can also apply for a B-1 employment visa.

High-Tech Workers - All Indians working in cyber companies or high-tech companies in India and are invited to work in an Israeli company can also apply for a B-1 employment visa.

Documents Required for Israel Work Visa for Indian Citizens

The general list of documents required for the B-1 employment visa for both expert and caretaker categories includes the following -

A duly completed and signed B-1 visa application form.

2 passport-size photographs in 5.5 X 5.5 cm dimensions on a white background.

A valid passport with a minimum validity of 3 years from the date of travel.

All the previous passports.

Confirmation letter from the Ministry of Interior.

Police criminal certificate issued no more than 3 months ago.

Identity proof of the applicant (Aadhaar card, PAN card, etc.)

Marriage certificate, if married.

Parents’ affidavit (if unmarried or divorced)

Proof of financial stability

Medical certificate with a validity of at least 3 months from the issuance date.

Additional Documents:

For Expert Visa -

Invitation letter from an Israeli employer.

Original letter from the Indian employer where you last worked.

Previous company resignation or experience letter as photocopies.

Copy of government Identification of parents or spouse.

Copy of government identification of the applicant.

For Caretaker Visa -

Copy of recruitment letter.

Copies of all training certificates from the training centre.

Copy of contract of intent duly signed by the employee and employer.

Please Note:

For the visa interviews, you must carry all the original documents along with the copies for verification.

The medical report or certificate to be submitted needs to be from East West Medical Center only-

Delhi - 38 Golf Links, Archbishop Makarios Marg, 110003 (+91-11-47222500).

Mumbai- V.M. Medical Centre, 78B Pankaj Mansion, Dr. A.B. Road, Worli, 400018 (+91-22-24901066)

All documents are to be either in English or Hebrew language. For any other language documents, translated documents are mandatory for submission.

When submitting copies of the required documents, ensure they are all in A4 size only and no front and back printing for any document.

Useful Links:

B-1 Employer Expert Visa

B-1 Employer Caretaker Visa

Photo Specifications for B-1 Employment Visa Application

Israel Work Visa Process for Indian Nationals

To apply for an Israel work visa for Indian citizens, the application process requires the Israeli employer to first apply for a work permit on your behalf at the Ministry of Interior.

Once approval from the employer is obtained for the same and you receive the offer letter, you need to follow the steps mentioned below to complete your visa application.

Go to the official Israel Visa website for Indians.

From the top bar, locate “Visa Application Form” and click on it.

From the drop-down menu, select the B-1 Employment visa category between expert and caretaker to proceed.

Read the set of instructions and then scroll down to the options list for the “Apply For” category and choose the city of your choice.

Next, click on “Application Form” to download the visa application form.

Fill out the application form accurately.

Ensure you attach a digital photograph of yourself along with all the other necessary documentation based on your visa category.

Cross-check all the information and then click on “Submit” to proceed.

After submission, download the submitted application form and take a printout of the same to submit during the interview. Do not forget to note down the application form reference number for tracking your application later.

Now, choose any one of the 4 authorised Israel Visa Processing Centres (IVP) at Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, or Kolkata, based on your current location and submit your application form and all the required document copies at the IVP centre.

After this submission, pay the B-1 visa application fee in cash at the IVP centre.

Your application will now be submitted to the Embassy/Consulate of Israel based on jurisdiction for the final decision.

In some cases, you might be required to visit the Embassy/ Consulate of Israel for an additional interview for your work visa application.

Useful Links:

Israel Visa Processing Centres - Jurisdiction Division

Application Process for Israel Visas

Israel Work Visa Fees from India

The Israel work visa cost for Indian citizens is required as a mandate from the applicant after receiving the application for work visa confirmation from the Ministry of Interior in Israel. The details for the same are as follows:

Work Visa Visa Categories Approximate Fees (in ₹)
B-1 Work Visa Category 1 Expert  ₹1230
Category 2 Caretaker ₹2660

Other Fees

Fee Type Charges (in ₹)
Optional Courier Facility  ₹575/ per visa application form/ passport
Optional Form Filling Facility  ₹300/ per visa application form
Optional Video Conference Facility  ₹3000/ per visa application form
Optional Application Pick-up from Home Facility ₹3500/ per visa application form
Optional SMS Service Facility  ₹150/ per visa application form

Useful Links: All Visa Fees for Israel

How to Pay? For all the visa application form fees and the optional facility fees, you need to make these payments in cash at any of the Israel Visa Processing Centres in India. The work visa application for the caretaker category is not available at the Consulate of Israel in Bengaluru.

Israel Work Visa Processing Time

Work Visa Visa Categories Processing Time
B-1 Work Visa Category 1 Expert  A minimum of 3 weeks of working days after receiving approval from the Ministry of Interior in Israel
Category 2 Caretaker

For Fastrack applications, the processing time for either of these two B-1 work visa categories is a minimum of 10 to 12 working days from the next day after the submission of the application form.

Israel Work Permit for Indian Citizens: Visa Status Check

Visit the official website for Israel Visa for Indians.

From the top bar, select “Track Your Application”.

Based on the state where you submitted your application, choose from the list of options and select the correct one by clicking on the “Click Here” option.

Enter your application reference number or your correct and most recent passport number, followed by your date of birth, to proceed.

Once done, click on submit to view the status of your application for an Israel work visa for Indian citizens.

Embassy/Consulate of Israel in India

Embassy of Israel, New Delhi

Name Embassy of Israel, New Delhi 
Address 2, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road, New Delhi - 110011
Phone (+91) 11-3041-4538 , (+91) 11-3041-4561
Fax (+91) 11-3041-4555
Working Hours 08:30 - 15:00 (Monday - Friday)

Israel Consulate, Mumbai

Name Israel Consulate in Mumbai, India 
Address Marathon Futurex, 1301, A Wing NM Joshi Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai 400013 
Phone (+91) 22-6160-0500
Fax (+91) 22-6160-0599
Working Hours 09:00 - 12:30 (Monday - Friday)

Israel Consulate, Bengaluru

Name Israel Consulate in Bengaluru, India 
Address Millenia, Tower A, 8th Floor, 1&2 Murphy Road, Halasuru, Bangalore 560055
Phone (+91) 80-6793-5320
Fax (+91) 80-6793-5317
Working Hours 08:30 - 15:00 (Monday - Friday)

Embassy/ Consulate of India in Israel

Name Embassy of India, Israel 
Address 140, Hayarkon Street, Tel Aviv, Israel 
Phone 03-7620720, 03-7620721
Fax (+91) 80-6793-5317
Working Hours (for submission of documents) 09:00 - 12:00 (Monday - Friday)
Working Hours (for collection of documents) 16:00 - 17:00 (Monday - Thursday)

What to Expect When You Arrive in Israel?

As soon as you arrive in Israel after getting the B-1 work visa, you need to present your travel documents, official visa documents, and all the other necessary supporting documents at Immigration to proceed.

After that, make your way to the Ministry of Interior office at the Israeli airport to collect your work permit. This is a necessary step, as you will receive the work permit digital print certificate to start your work as desired. You no longer need to request for a work permit sticker on your passport.

Once the airport requirements are completed, make your way to purchase a local SIM card for your mobile phone.

The next step is to visit a bank with the necessary documentation, like a work permit, identity proof, etc., to open a new bank account in Israel for salary collection and day-to-day money management.

Always keep all your necessary documents, like passport, work permit, financial papers, etc., safe with you at all times. Also, keep a clear copy of all these documents in case you are required to submit any of these documents to the employer.

Reasons Why Your Work Visa Can Get Rejected

Missing Documents - One of the primary reasons why your work visa application is rejected is due to the lack of documentation. Submitting incomplete or incorrect documents with your B-1 visa application form can result in immediate rejection.

Incomplete or Incorrect Application Form - The application form is the main document. While filing the application form online, even a little mistake can result in a visa application rejection. The application form further requires you to attach a list of necessary documents, and failure to do so will result in visa rejection.

A Gap between Qualifications and Job Role - When an employer applies for a work permit on your behalf, they provide a list of qualifications basis which they are offering you the particular role. However, if your qualifications do not match the requirements of the particular job after verifying the supporting documents, your work visa can be rejected instantly.

Lack of Financial Proof - The submission of proof of sufficient finances to support yourself in Israel throughout your employment period is necessary to process the employment visa application. In case the proof of financial stability does not meet the requirements of the Ministry of Interior in Israel, the application can be rejected.

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If my visa gets rejected, can I request a refund for the visa fees and the other option facility fee I paid during the application submission?

If my visa gets rejected, can I request a refund for the visa fees and the other option facility fee I paid during the application submission?


The decision of your work visa application is solely based on the final decision of the Ministry of Interior in Israel. In case your application is rejected or you wish to withdraw the application, no fees will be refunded.

Can I apply for a work permit myself from India?


No, a work permit application can only be filed by the Israeli employer. The employer needs to seek valid approval from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and then from the Ministry of Israel before issuing an offer letter to you. They are also responsible for applying for a work permit on your behalf.

What is the validity of a B-1 work visa permit?


A B-1 work or employment permit is valid for only 1 year. After this period is over, it can be renewed again on a yearly basis, for a maximum of 5 years and 3 months.

Do I need to prove my Hebrew language proficiency to apply for a B-1 work visa?


There is no mandatory requirement for a language proficiency certificate in Hebrew to apply for a B-1 employment visa for Indian citizens. However, it is important to note that all the necessary documents for this visa category need to be submitted in either English or Hebrew language. No other language documents are acceptable and require proper translation for the application to be processed.

Can I apply for a B-1 work visa as a freelancer?


Freelancers are not included in the B-1 work visa application category. B-1 employment visa only caters to those employees who have received an offer letter from an Israeli employer. For the freelancer category, a different visa category will be applicable.