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Israeli Consulates Prepare for Sanctions

Israeli consulates worldwide have received instructions to prepare for the reimposition of sanctions. 

As an initial measure, the committee will halt the issuance of passports to Israeli citizens at consulates across the globe. It is highly probable that in the next phase, sanctions will also be implemented regarding the issuance of B-1 work visas for foreign experts, similar to what occurred during the previous strike.

The labor dispute stems from the workers' demands for improved wages and working conditions, citing violations of collective agreements.


Kan-Tor & Acco, an immigration law firm, strongly advises employers to expedite the processing of visas for their employees. This recommendation is particularly crucial for cases where the visa has already been processed and is awaiting issuance at the consulate.


Israel's Jan-May 2023 Visitor Arrivals Reach New Heights

From January to May 2023, a total of 1.76 million visitors came to Israel, compared to 791,300 in 2022 and 2.03 million in 2019. Among these visitors, 443,000 were from the United States, 114,500 from France, 95,900 from Germany, 94,700 from the United Kingdom, and 88,300 from Russia.

U.S. State Department Delays Fee Increases to June 17, 2023

The United States Department has delayed the planned increase of consular fees from May 30, 2023 to June 17, 2023. This fee increase is intended for nonimmigrant visa applications, as well as Border Crossing Cards. 

For non-petition-based nonimmigrant visas, the application processing fees will be raised by $25, from $160 to $185. Fees for H, L, O, P, Q, and R visas will be raised by $15, from $190 to $205. The E category fee will be $315.

Best Regards,


Amit Acco, Senior Partner - Israeli Law

Morgan Rosinia, Partner - US Law

Kan-Tor & Acco

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