B-1 Work Visa for Journalists
To be allowed to work legally, Foreign Journalists can enter Israel as tourist and apply for a Temporary Journalist Card from the Israeli Government Press Office (GPO), and later apply for a B-1 work visa from the Ministry of Interior.
- The foreign national journalist should first arrive to Israel and receive visitor permit (B-2 visa) for 3 months.
- Following the entry into Israel, his/her Press News Agency should submit an application to the GPO requesting to obtain a temporary journalist card. The application will have to be signed by both the applicant and the News Agency.
- In addition to the temporary journalist card, the foreign national journalist should also receive a recommendation letter issued by the GPO, intended to the Ministry of Interior, for the issuance of a B-1 work visa.
- The Journalist will need to apply at the Ministry of Interior for a B-1 work visa as a journalist, based on the GPO recommendation letter. Processing time is estimated to be up to 10 work days from submission date.
5. Duration of process: 2-3 weeks from entry.
- Dependents are allowed in this category.
- Minimal government fees apply.
- No prevailing wage requirement.
- No housing requirement.
- No limit in terms of possible extensions.
Important: Working in Israel for any period of time without a permit and B-1 visa in the foreign expert’s passport, is a criminal offense. Whereby the employer and mangers will be subject to criminal penalties and fines, and the expert is expected to be deported, without being able to return for a period of 10 years.