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Hi-Tech Companies: New Regulation Allowing Hiring Foreign Students

According to the recent update to the Hi-Tech Work Visa Regulation issued this week, Israeli Hi-Tech companies will be able to expand their local resources by applying for a work visa for students or graduated students of a particular designated “hi-tech profession” in Israel.

The new regulation was made in an effort to encourage foreign students to study hi-tech professions in Israel while allowing them the opportunity to work during and after graduation. This will allow Israeli hi-tech companies to better collaborate with Israeli academic institutes and their students.

Hi-Tech Professions List

Hi-tech professions were listed in the regulations as to include students for: Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Computers, Software Engineering, Information Systems, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Optical / Electro-Optics Engineering, Communication Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Data Science, Physics, Exact Sciences, and Medicine.

Current Students in Israel

Israeli hi-tech companies can now submit an application to locally hire a current student in the hi-tech profession. The employment can be on a part-time basis only, and the salary does not have to meet the prevailing wage of a foreign expert.

Graduated Students

Israeli hi-tech companies can now submit an application to locally hire graduated students of relevant hi-tech professions in an Israeli academic institute, within 3 years of graduation. A total quota of 500 permits for graduated students was provided.

Salary must meet the minimum salary requirements (currently 5,500 NIS gross per month) during the first 6 months of employment, and 150% of the minimum salary, after 6 months of employment.


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USCIS Provides Updated Guidance on EADs for Spouses of L and E Visa Holders

Beginning on or about April 1, 2022, if you are an E or L spouse with a valid I-94 record that was issued before January 30, 2022, USCIS will mail you a notice along with an unexpired I-94 reflecting evidence of employment authorization. If you do not receive your notice by April 30, please contact your immigration attorney for further guidance.

Spouses of E and L visa holders who entered the US on or after January 30, 2022, should have received their I-94 records with new codes: E-1S, E-2S, E-3S, and L-2S. An unexpired Form I-94 reflecting one of these new codes is acceptable as evidence of employment authorization for spouses under List C of Form I-9.


Best Regards,


Amit Acco, Senior Partner - Israeli Law

Nashwa Azzam, Esq. - US Law


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