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B-5 Investor Visa

Israel and the United States have had a strong, dynamic, commercial and economic relationship for many years.  The government’s decision to found an investor visa in Israel, and come to a similar agreement with the U.S., speaks to the continuous reinforcement of the commercial relationship that they hold.  In 2013, the exchange of products between the U.S. and Israel – mostly made up of products manufactured by the chemical industry, pearls and precious stones, machinery and mechanical equipment - reached approximately $27 billion.

 

B-5 Investor Visa FAQ

 

The government’s bill to found an investor visa in Israel was passed on March 30, 2014, and will enable American investors who have- or wish to make a significant investment in a business or entrepreneurship (that holds the potential of contribution to the Israeli market), to stay in Israel and develop their investment.

The total sum of direct foreign investments in Israel during 2012 stood at $10 billion and is estimated to have risen past $15 billion in 2013. Over $2 billion was invested in Israel by Americans in 2012, and the U.S. is currently at the top of the list of countries which invest in Israel. Comparably, Israel has been the source of $2 billion invested in the U.S., and as such, is ranked as one of the top 20 countries that invest in the U.S. Throughout the past decade, the direct foreign investments from Israel to the U.S. stood at approximately $60 billion.  In fact, Israel invested in the U.S. almost as much as China did, and in 2010, was one of the top 20 countries whose direct investments in the U.S. was highest. Israel was even ranked higher than countries such as Brazil, India, Russia and Taiwan.

Hundreds of Israeli companies operate in the U.S. in a variety of different industrial sectors, including production, research, development and professional services through subsidiary companies and/or business partners.  The investor visa enables investors and their employees to transfer and work in Israel for the purpose of developing their investment. In order to receive a work permit, or an extension on the permit, the investor will need to prove that the investment is active and that the company is developing in such a way that will contribute to the Israeli economy.

The U.S. and Israeli governments have only continued to strengthen their cooperation and ties after approving the law that enables Israeli citizens to apply for the investor visa (E-2) in the U.S. Israel is currently writing the procedures and regulations that would enable a U.S. citizen to begin applying for the investor visa in Israel.  U.S. citizens will have the ability to submit an application for the Israeli investor visa in the free trade areas (Washington, Chicago, New York, Houston and San Francisco), after which it will be reviewed by an inter-office committee made up of representatives of the Population Immigration and Border Authority, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance.

 

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