STUDENT VISA APPLICATION

Student Visa Applications

Updated August 19 2021

Effective Immediately: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (Israeli Consulates around the world) are no longer issuing student visas for Yeshiva/Seminary students regardless of age.
If you are a Yeshiva/Seminary student who still needs a visa, please contact your school for assistance.

Legal Disclaimer: Due to the continuously ongoing changes, that often happen without advance warning – Amudim attempts to keep this information up to date. Amudim assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided, as changes in Israeli government policy occur frequently. Amudim also does not guarantee results and can not be held responsible for the outcome of an application request.

Amudim is offering this service free of charge to assist those in need. Due to the nature of the sensitivity of the required  information / documentation, we are requiring all who are seeking our assistance to sign a waiver which will be part of the application process.

Amudim’s No Fee Policy: Consistent with Amudim’s mission and values, the organization maintains a strict no-fee policy. We neither charge for our myriad services nor solicit donations in exchange for results. Should anyone hear of an incident where monies were requested by Amudim personnel or affiliates in exchange for services, whether as a charge or by donation, please report the incident to us immediately by email to [email protected] We take such allegations very seriously and will swiftly and efficiently investigate and address all such reports.

Do I qualify for Amudim’s assistance with regards to my student visa application?

In order to apply for a student visa, your passport expiration date must be at least one year from your travel date.
 
ONLY University Students may apply.
 
Note: Any applicant that is obligated by Israeli Law to register as an Israeli Citizen, meaning that at least one of their parents is an Israeli citizen and was born in Israel, is not eligible to obtain a student visa, and must contact the closest consulate for information on how to obtain the proper documentation for Israeli citizenship.

Documents Required for Upload 

In order for Amudim to assist, we need the following documentation listed below, based on your appropriate category. 

Single Students

Please prepare the following documents before proceeding. 

  1. Applicants Birth Certificate
  2. Applicants Passport – Passport expiration date must be at least one year from your travel date.
  3. School Acceptance Letter. This must be on school letterhead, with the student’s legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance.
  4. Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage for all applicants. Click Here for further guidance. 
  5. For University Students Health Affidavit issued by PIBA for an academic institution. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  6. For University Students: Health authorization for the academic institution (Tav Sagol). This must be issued August 2020 or later. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  7. First page of your last 3 Bank Statements (this can be the students, parents or other responsible parties)
  8. Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID
    Proof of Vaccination – Must be 10 days post full vaccination orProof of Recovery – You need to submit one of the below
    * A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    or
    * A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID (There is talk that this may change very soon).Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit
Couple who both need visas

Please prepare the following documents before proceeding. 

  1. Both Applicants Birth Certificates 
  2. Both Applicants Passports – Passport expiration date must be at least one year from your travel date.
  3. Applicants Marriage License 
  4. School Acceptance Letter. This must be on school letterhead, with the student’s legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance, as well as the spouses legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance.
  5. Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage for all applicants. Click Here for further guidance. 
  6. For University Students Health Affidavit issued by PIBA for an academic institution. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  7. For University Students: Health authorization for the academic institution (Tav Sagol). This must be issued August 2020 or later. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  8. First page of your last 3 Bank Statements (this can be the students, parents or other responsible parties)
  9. Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID for both applicants
    Proof of Vaccination – Must be 10 days post full vaccination orProof of Recovery – You need to submit one of the below
    * A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    or
    * A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID (There is talk that this may change very soon).Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit
Spouse of a Valid Student Visa holder

Please prepare the following documents before proceeding. 

  1. Current Students Passport
  2. Current Students Valid Visa
  3. Marriage License
  4. Applicants Passport – Passport expiration date must be at least one year from your travel date.
  5. Applicants Birth Certificate 
  6. Proof of Covid-19  Medical Coverage for the applicant. Click Here for further guidance.
  7. School Acceptance Letter. This must be on school letterhead, with the student’s legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance, as well as the spouses legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance. The letter must state that the current student is enrolled in the institution, and has recently married the applicant.
  8. For University Students Health Affidavit issued by PIBA for an academic institution. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  9. For University Students: Health authorization for the academic institution (Tav Sagol). This must be issued August 2020 or later. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  10. First page of your last 3 Bank Statements (this can be the students, parents or other responsible parties)
  11. Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID for the applicant 
    Proof of Vaccination – Must be 10 days post full vaccination or Proof of Recovery – You need to submit one of the below
    * A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    or
    * A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID (There is talk that this may change very soon). Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit
Family where all members need visas

Please prepare the following documents before proceeding. 

  1. All Applicants Birth Certificates
  2. All Applicants Passports – Passport expiration dates must be at least one year from your travel date.
  3. Marriage License 
  4. School Acceptance Letter. This must be on school letterhead, with the student’s legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance, as well as the spouses and children’s legal name, passport number, and country of passport issuance
  5. Proof of Covid-19 Medical Coverage for all applicants. Click Here for further guidance. 
  6. For Yeshiva / Seminar Students: Tatzir – This must be on school letterhead, with the student’s legal name, passport number and country of passport issuance. confirming the length of time the student will be studying there, as well as confirming that the school will comply with all rules and regulations set forth by the Ministry of Health.
  7. For University Students Health Affidavit issued by PIBA for an academic institution. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  8. For University Students: Health authorization for the academic institution (Tav Sagol). This must be issued August 2020 or later. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  9. First page of your last 3 Bank Statements (this can be the students, parents or other responsible parties)
  10. Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID for all applicants
    Proof of Vaccination – Must be 10 days post full vaccination orProof of Recovery – You need to submit one of the below
    * A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    or
    * A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID (There is talk that this may change very soon).

    Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit.

     

Baby / Children of a couple, where the couple currently both have valid student visas

Please prepare the following documents before proceeding. 

  1. Child / Children’s Birth Certificates
  2. Child / Children’s Passports – Passport expiration dates must be at least one year from your travel date.
  3. Mother’s Valid Visa
  4. Father’s Valid Visa
  5. Mother’s Passport
  6. Father’s Passport
  7. Marriage License
  8. For University Students Health Affidavit issued by PIBA for an academic institution. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  9. For University Students: Health authorization for the academic institution (Tav Sagol). This must be issued August 2020 or later. If the school prefers to send it to Amudim directly, they can email it [email protected] and put the students name in the subject line
  10. First page of your last 3 Bank Statements (this can be the students, parents or other responsible parties)
  11. Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID
    Proof of Vaccination – Must be 10 days post full vaccination orProof of Recovery – You need to submit one of the below
    * A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests,
    or
    * A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID (There is talk that this may change very soon).

    Antibody testing and/or Serology results are NOT accepted as proof of COVID recovery for the purpose of applying for an entry permit.

Physical Items / Documents  Required for Visa Issuance

Once your form/application is completed, you will receive an email notifying you to deliver the following documents:

  1. 2 passport photos (size 2×2 inches) for each applicant.
  2. Original birth certificates and passports for each applicant.
  3. If applicable, original Marriage License

There is a $54 fee per application. Download and fill in this form, you will need to bring the completed form to your appointment.

For an explanation on fees, visit https://embassies.gov.il/new-york/ConsularServices/Pages/Fees.aspx

Online Form

Once you have all your required documents prepared  you can fill out our online form, which will generate the following:

  1. Entry to Israel Form 
  2. Visa Application Form
  3. Ministry of Health Declaration Form
  4. Amudim Consent Form

Below you will find additional instructions as well as some common FAQ’s.

We ask that you read all instructions carefully before submitting your form, as applications will be denied if they are not filled out properly.

The link to the application can be found on the bottom of this page, right above the FAQ’s.

Instructions for completing your application

Start by entering your Name, Email Address and School Name

Next you will see a section that says:

“Click Here to complete and download  your Visa Application and Entry Permit.
When you are done, you will automatically be re-directed to the filled out pdf.
You must save that pdf in a location on your computer, where you can easily find it and upload when required. “

When you click the link it will open an entry form in a new tab.

Entry Visa Application and Entry Permit

 

Fill in the Entry Visa Application and Entry Permit.
See below for additional details for specific questions.

Fill out the full name of the applicant, it must be spelled exactly the same way you have it spelled in your passport.

The Government is requesting your Mothers Jewish Name. So say your mother has Hannah on her passport, but her jewish name is Chana – enter Chana here.

The Government is requesting your Fathers Jewish Name. So say your father has Moses on his passport, but his jewish name is Moishe – enter Moishe here.

This is for a women who legally changed her last name due to marriage. Enter the last name you had prior to it being legally changed.

What citizenship do you currently have? It must match your current passport.

If you are or have been a citizen of another country, enter it here.

Students may enter “Student” here.

Make sure to enter the state / province and country of the place you were born.

The email address you put in here will be the one you receive a copy of your files to. 

This should be your non-Israeli phone number. One you can be reached at currently. If don’t have a personal cell phone, enter your home phone number or parents cell number.

Enter a Phone Number where the applicant can be reached in Israel.

Enter the address where you currently live – this cannot be an Israeli Address. 

What country are you leaving from to get to Israel? 

Example – if you are leaving from New York, stopping over in Madrid Spain, and landing in Tel-Aviv,  your country of transit will be United States.

What is the date and time that your flight leaving to Israel is scheduled for.

What is the date and time that your flight is scheduled to land in Israel. 

Keep in mind that flights may depart one day and land the next, depending on what time you are traveling and different time zones.

For those traveling with a stopover, enter the country of your stopover here. 

Example – if you are leaving from New York, stopping over in Madrid, Spain, and landing in Tel-Aviv,  your connection will be Spain.

If you have stayed in Israel before, what category was your permit?

 

Submit and Save Application

After submitting your form you will receive an email with an attachment. 

The attachment will include your filled out and signed Forms.

Save this to your computer.

This process must be repeated for all applicants requiring visas.

Upload your forms

Upload the forms you just saved to your computer.

You will see options to repeat this process for your spouse and/or your minor child/children.

Upload your required files

In the next section called “Files Needed” you will see a place to upload the necessary documents for your student visa.

If you have selected to add your spouse, you will see additional files required.

We strongly recommend shrinking down your photos so each one is less than 1mb.

This is not required, however it will help your application upload in a more timely manner.

You can use a free tool such as https://compressjpeg.com/ to compress your images.

Remember where your files are saved on your computer, so you can easily access and upload them when required.

Submitting your application

After all files have been uploaded, sign your form using your  mouse or finger to draw your signature, and click “Submit Form.”

Submission make take a while, depending on the size of your attachments and / or your internet connection.

Do not hit back or refresh after you submit your document.

Submission Success 

If you followed all directions properly, you will see the message that says

“Thank You. The form was submitted successfully.
Your file will be reviewed by a member of our team and you will be contacted with further instructions.”

If you don’t see the thank you page, below you can find FAQ’s to help you submit your application correctly.

Common FAQ’s

Can I come back to my form later?

Yes! On the bottom of each form we have an option that says “Save and Resume Later” where you can Enter your email and click ‘Send save and resume link’.

I got an error that said "Your file exceeded the upload size".

We have set this form up to be able to accept large files, however if you get this error we ask that you use a free tool such as https://compressjpeg.com/ to compress your images.

I got a 504 error when I tried to submit my form.

A 504 error usually means that for some reason your files are not uploading to our server correctly. Here are common causes and solutions to try.

  1. At some point you clicked “back” while submitting your form: If this is the case, refresh your browser and re-upload your files.
  2. Your files are very large and the server is taking to long to upload them: For large PDF’s you can use a free tool such as https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/online/compress-pdf.html and upload the file you received in your email. Select “Medium Compression” and save that document to your computer to re-upload. For large images, you can use a free tool such as https://compressjpeg.com/ to compress your images.
  3. Your internet connection is very weak: Try moving to a location with better wifi, you can use the “Save and Resume later” option to access your application at a later time
Does my spouse have to be over age 26?

No.

If you are a new student (over age 26) you may add your spouse to your visa even if they are younger than 26.

I submitted my application, now what?

After submitting your application a member of our team and will send you an email with the next step.

I got an error when I tried to upload a file.

If you see the error “You must upload one of the following file types for the selected field:jpg, jpeg, png, tif, pdf”

That means that you need to convert your file to a jpg or pdf.

Most individuals who receive this error are trying to upload .HEIC images that were taken on a smartphone. These images are very large and will not be accepted on our forms. You can easily open these images on your computer and click “save as” or “export” your image as a .jpg

When you do that, pay attention to the “file size” and reduce the quality until the file is less that 1 MB.

Another option is to use a free tool such as https://freetoolonline.com to convert your HEIC to JPG

Can I contact the consulate directly for questions or status updates​?

No! By utilizing Amudim to submit my student visa application, YOU CANNOT contact the consulate directly for questions or status updates​.

I don't have any "Proof of vaccination or a proof of recovery from COVID"

If you had Covid in the past, you can upload

  1. A positive COVID test (PCR), with results from a Medical Laboratory, followed by a negative COVID test, with results from a Medical Laboratory *does not matter how long ago or how much time between the tests
  2. A formal letter on official letterhead of a hospital, medical center or licensed medical doctor, signed by the travelers medical doctor, attesting to the date that the traveler had COVID, and that the traveler is now considered recovered from COVID

 

If you did not have COVID in the past, you must be 10 days post full vaccination in order to apply.

I filled out my application, and then the rules changed - Do I have to start over?

Yes. While we try our best to help with applications, we  have to follow the same rules as everyone else that has been given out by the Israeli Consulate.

We try to update our website as frequently as we can to reflect their rules.

Do I have to pay for this service?

No!

Consistent with Amudim’s mission and values, the organization maintains a strict no-fee policy. We neither charge for our myriad services nor solicit donations in exchange for results. Should anyone hear of an incident where monies were requested by Amudim personnel or affiliates in exchange for services, whether as a charge or by donation, please report the incident to us immediately by email to [email protected] We take such allegations very seriously and will swiftly and efficiently investigate and address all such reports