Inviting friends from abroad


Usually, a tourist who wants to enter Israel has the duty to present the Israeli consulate in his home country the visa application for a Tourist B/2 visa. However, in exceptional cases the family member – the Israeli inviter, can submit the application in the Population Administration office in his living area in Israel. Application will be reviewed subject to compliance with the conditions. Foreigner staying in Israel will not be able to invite other foreigners.

The Interior Ministry has the authority to require a bank guarantee when there is suspicion of settling in Israel, For example: Illegal stay in Israel in the past, a statement in the application which raises the suspicion of settling, etc., with the Bureau manager’s approval.
The required banks guarantee is₪ 15,000 and for a companion minor ₪ 5,000, ordered to the Interior Ministry and valid for one year. In exceptional cases it will be considered increasing or decreasing the amount of the guarantee by the recommendation of the Bureau manager’s recommendation and with the Population Administration approval.

The normative framework:

A basic principle is that according to the Law of Entry to Israel, a non-Israeli citizen, who does not have a “newcomer” visa, need a visa to Israel and a residence permit. The discretion given to the Interior Minister with regard to issuing entry and residency permits in Israel is very broad, and expresses the sovereign nature of the state, determining who will enter the state’s gates, and who will not be able to enter and sit in it.

A claim of discrimination in such matters does not apply, because it is not about keeping equality between citizens, but the state authorities working on the outside and the state itself is supposedly standing in front of those who wish to settle in it as permanent resident. In order to protect vital interests of the state, the interior minister was granted with an absolute discretion, which can allow an individual or a class of individuals a permanent residence, while refusing to others. That decision can be affected by humanitarian considerations and state interest considerations.

But this absolute discretion has its limits. In this matter, Judge Berenson said – “it is subjected, as mentioned, to the absolute discretion of the interior minister, and as long as he does not justifies his different habit regarding foreign visitors in the country, his variant decisions cannot be a subject for this court to review, except if it is proven that he motivated by corruption, fraud, unfair treatment, and more things that might disqualify any governmental action”.
These things which disqualify any governmental action even include decisions made arbitrarily and not according to relevant considerations.

In practice, as the inviter is a closer friend with the invitee, it is an advantage when the Interior Ministry is reviewing the request. For this you should bring evidence that it is a real friendship, such as communication between the inviter and the invitee, shared photos, etc.

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