Step-by-Step Process for Married Couples

This process is composed of a number of steps that is meant to test the sincerity of the relationship. It is mainly relevant to an Israeli citizen that married a foreign national in Israel or abroad, regardless of whether the Israeli citizen met the foreign national in Israel or abroad.

The Ministry of Interior has set a number of preliminary conditions that must be met prior to beginning each stage of the process:
• The marriage between the couple was not done fictitiously in order for the non-Israeli partner to receive citizenship and establish a permanent residence in Israel.
• The couple must show sincerity, not hide pertinent facts, nor provide false and/or unsatisfactory details.
• The couple must prove that their shared lives are based in Israel.
• The Ministry of Interior must be convinced that the foreign spouse presents no risk to public health, public security, or national security.

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