Over the past months, travel information for Israel-bound students, both those who are going for the first time and those who are returning, has been extremely fluid, with changes happening unexpectedly and frequently. During that time, Amudim has been working closely with the Igud (Yeshiva and Seminary Coalition for Bnei Chul), Chayim V’Chessed and multiple government agencies to facilitate travel and doing our best to share the most accurate information as it is released.
While we hope that we will be able to share news of more relaxed restrictions when they are issued, be advised that while other information has been circulating, the following are the latest developments regarding student entry permits and visas.
All schools will be required to submit lists of approved students to the Ministry of Interior – Misrad Hapnim. Eligibility information will be verified by the Ministry of Interior and forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Misrad Hachutz, with schools to be notified which students on their lists have been approved.
• New students who need a visa and newly marrieds whose spouses need to obtain a new visa must make an appointment at their local consulate. This process can take weeks if not months – As of this release, April 29th, the first available consular appointments are June 1st in New York, July 16th in Los Angeles and June 9th in Chicago.
Students who already have valid visas will need to submit a formal packet to their local consulate. Click here to visit the Amudim website to see the full list of required documents, and the application process: https://amudim.org/student-visa/
Currently, processing time on applications for entry permits is between 7 and 14 days, although that is always subject to change.
We are actively working on improving the process for students needing visas and entry permits and look forward to sharing further updates, however this is the current situation.