Archive for the ‘residency permits’ tag
On June 14, the Interior Ministry issued a regulation according to which an Israeli citizen can only apply to arrange residency status for a foreign-born partner if the latter entered the country legally. This regulation affects couples of Israelis and African refugees, threatening the refugees with imprisonment or deportation. On September 13, the regulation was rescinded following several petitions submitted to the courts and the Ministry of Inteior, but the affected couples were not informed of the change.
Out of a total of approximately 700 requests for residency received in August 2010 from the families of foreign workers whose children were born in Israel, the Interior Ministry has responded to only slightly more than 400 so far. 260 requests are still pending a decision.
A Ministry of the Interior employee was arrested on suspicion of receiving bribes worth thousands of Shekels from undocumented people from Africa, and in return he provided them with legal residency permits.
The Israeli army expelled two foreign, left-wing activists from Bir Zeyt, claiming that they had not asked for a residence pass. The order under which they were expelled, last updated in 1970, states that people who do not reside in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are only permitted to apply for a 48-hour residence pass. The Israeli army also uses the order to expel Palestinians who moved to the West Bank from the Gaza Strip, but admits that it has not issued a single residence permit for the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1970, and that it does not expel settlers for violation of the order. (Hebrew)