Those requiring a full-time (or more) nursing care worker, who do not live in an institutional framework (with the exception of those in sheltered housing that does not offer nursing care services and those in outpatient facilities) are entitled to receive a work permit to hire a foreign worker as long as they meet the criteria appearing in the conditions of eligibility below.
- The permit holder is fully responsible for paying the employee, although some of the salary may be funded by means of a Long-Term Care Benefit.
Who is Eligible?
Those who have reached retirement age and the elderly
- Those who have reached retirement age may receive a permit to employ a foreign worker if they live in the community, including sheltered housing, and not in an institutional framework and they meet one of the following criteria:
- During the examination of dependency he/she scored 4.5 cumulative dependency points (ADL), or 4 dependency points and one supplemental point for being alone.
- During the examination of dependency it is determined that the person is entitled to partial supervision, which means at least half a point under "observation" plus one point offered for being alone.
- According to the decision of the Appeals Committee of the National Insurance Institute, in the decision made to appeal a Long Term Care Benefit decision, he/she was approved for Level B Long-Term Care Benefit or for Level C Long-Term Care Benefit, without an eligibility examination.
- Those over the age of 90 are eligible for the permit, if they have been assigned at least 4 cumulative ADL assessment points.
- Recipients of a Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) are entitled to employ a foreign worker regardless of their age and they do not need to undergo a dependency assessment.
- Disabled IDF veterans and those with disabilities caused by a hostile act are eligible if the Ministry of Defense committee or the National Insurance Institute's Department for Victims of Hostile Acts has determined that the applicant is eligible to at least 17 hours of assistance.
- Work disability victims recognized by the National Insurance Institute as such on the "dependent on others" or "long-term care" level.
Children up to age 18 and 3 months
- Children with disabilities who are eligible for a Disabled Child Benefit and for whom a Nursing Division Long-Term Care Advisory Committee has determined to meet one of the following conditions:
- The child requires someone to provide him/ her physical assistance in order to go to school.
- The child requires constant accompaniment or supervision throughout most of the day due to the disability, and isunable to participate in an educational/therapeutic/after-school framework.
- There are other special medical circumstances that require daily, constant, and continual care during the hours in which the child is at home (such as special treatment throughout the night).
- A family which has 2 children that are eligible for a disabled child benefit and who require supervision or accompaniment is able to receive a permit to hire one foreign worker to care for for both of them.
- For information on other other eligible cases and circumstances, see: Eligibility Exceptions for Employing a Foreign Nursing Care Worker.
Eligibility of Two Patients Living Together
- If there is a couple who lives together, and each one of them meets the criteria to hire a foreign worker, it is permitted to hire a foreign worker to care for each of them separately.
- As a general rule, 2 patients that live under the same roof and who are eligible are not allowed to hire one foreign worker to care for both of them, for the following 2 reasons:
- Fear of poor treatment for the patients who require help most hours of the day.
- Fear of an unreasonable workload on the caretaker that won't allow him/her to take the necessary rest and sleep hours needed in order to function properly.
- There are situations in which one caregiver can be hired for 2 patients living together but only after it is shown that such an arrangement won't negatively impact the care given to the patients and the caregiver due to an unreasonable work load.
- In order to get approval to hire one care giver for 2 patients, one must submit a request that will be passed to a professional, advisory committee and attach to it the following documents:
- Up-to-date proof that the Long-Term Care Benefit is being paid
- Medical documents - in the event that the patients are not eligible for a long term care benefit because of their income amounts.
- A reasoned opinion by a social worker stating that the joint employment will not harm the patients and will not create an unreasonable burden on the care-taker.
How to Claim It?
- Permits must be obtained from the Population, Immigration, and Border Authority.
- Those who do not fulfill the Conditions of Eligibility for a Long-Term Care Benefit due to their level of income, should undergo a test by the department of dependence permits as part of applying for employment of a foreign worker.
- For more information, see: Receiving Permits to Employ a Foreign Nursing Care Worker.
Extending a Foreign Nursing Care Work Permit
- Those who have a permanent disability based upon a decision by the medical board of the Employment Services, have the right to extend the permit for employing a foreign worker without further testing.
- Those over the age of 85 are entitled to extend a permit to employ a foreign worker without additional examinations as long as relevant circumstances have not changed (such as moving to an institutional framework where nursing care is provided).
- A child with disabilities is entitled to extend the employment permit without additional tests if the child meets the following two conditions:
- The child is entitled to Disabled Child Benefit at the rate of at least 100%.
- The child is not living in an institution (affidavits declaring as such are required).
- Foreign workers may only be employed in nursing care, and only for the types of work defined in the work contract, as indicated in the employment permit. Foreign workers may not work in another profession unless it is indicated in the work permit.
- Employers must provided adequate living arrangements for the nursing care worker in their home.
- Foreign workers may only provide nursing care services and perform reasonable housework in the home of the person in whose name the permit was granted. Having a foreign worker perform work for anyone else, even a close relative, is a violation of the conditions of the permit.
- Those wanting to employ a foreign worker for providing nursing care are exempt from paying the special fee and tax levied by the Ministry of the Interior.
- It must be verified that the foreign worker's passport is valid for at least 18 months.
- Internet hot line for those who employ foreign nursing care workers
- Elder care law services
- Yad Riva - Legal aid for senior citizens
- Reut and Eshel - Guidance services for senior citizens and their families who care for them.
- Kav Lamassik Information and Legal Advice for Foreign Workers.
- Ba-Bayit- Welfare and Aid for the Golden Age
- For a complete lists of organizations offering assistance and support to senior citizens
- For a comprehensive categorized listing of healthcare organizations offering assistance and support to people with disabilities click here.
- The Population and Immigration Authority
- The Ministry of Economy - Commissioner of Foreign Workers' Rights
- The National Insurance Institute
Laws and Regulations
- The Foreign Workers Law
- Employment Service Regulations (Payments from a Job Applicant for Job Brokering) 2006
- The Population and Immigration Ministry Procedures No. 9.2.0001 - Procedures for private offices to bring, mediate and care for foreign nursing care workers 2014.
- The Population and Immigration Ministry Procedures No. 9.2.0002 -Procedure for dealing with a new request or a request for a renewal to employ a foreign nursing care worker.
- Policies for Employing Foreign Workers on the Population, Immigration, and Border Crossing Authority website
- Guide to Employing Foreign Workers on the Israel Government Services and Information Portal
- Foreign Nursing Care Workers' Portal
- Foreign Workers' Rights Booklet on the Hands website
- Criteria for granting a permit to employ a foreign worker in the nursing professions on the Population, Immigration and Border Authority website