The Semech affidavit – a document provided by the sponsoring company containing the company’s legal obligations toward the foreign employee and Israel – must now be provided and signed with each employee’s individual B-1 work permit application, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Interior.
Previously, one affidavit covered all simultaneously-submitted applications.
• The sponsoring Israeli employer must ensure that the affidavit is legalized by an Israeli lawyer.
• If submitted by a foreign sponsor, it can be either legalized at an Israeli consular post or notarized and apostilled.
• The affidavit must contain the assignee’s name, nationality and passport number.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
This requirement will add an extra administrative step for each B-1 work permit application, and may require extra costs as legalization or notarization and apostille may be required.