By KTA News Team |

The Interior Ministry is introducing legislation that would require new immigrants to Israel to spend one year in the country before being eligible for a passport. The proposed law aims to prevent people from obtaining Israeli citizenship but not settling down in the country.

According to the proposed law, the 2017 passport legislation led to a significant increase in the number of new immigrants from Russia and other countries who obtained Israeli passports without settling down in Israel. Between June 2021 and June 2022, 4,094 new immigrants requested a passport within a month of receiving citizenship, but 60% did not remain in Israel, according to the law proposal cited by the Haaretz daily.