Entry permits to Israel will no longer be issued to student-visa holders, Chaim V’Chessed reported Thursday night. Permits that have already been issued will be honored.
The new policy is due to Israeli authorities’ discovering fraudulent activity involving entry permits, as several non-students have been caught in recent days entering Israel pretending to be students. “Authorities have learned that unscrupulous individuals charged large sums of money for these illegitimate permits,” Chaim V’Chessed said.
The organization is advising student-visa holders currently in Israel not to leave Israel now if they desire to return in the near future, as it is unknown how long the permit moratorium will last.