Those requiring a full-time nursing care worker, who do not live in an institutional framework (with the exception of sheltered housing that does not offer nursing care services and daycare 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.
- Couples who live at the same address and who each meet the conditions of eligibility are each entitled to hire a nursing care worker separately.
Who is Eligible?
- 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. They must meet the following criteria:
- As part of an application to receive a Long-Term Care Benefit from the National Insurance Institute, the applicant must have undergone an examination of dependency and have been assigned 4.5 cumulative dependency points (ADL), or 4 dependency points and one supplemental point for being alone.
- During the examination of dependency (within the process of filing a Long-Term Care Benefit, 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 Level B Long-Term Care Benefit or Level C Long-Term Care Benefit, without an eligibility examination.
- For someone whose application claim for nursing care benefits was rejected by the National Insurance Institute due to high revenue, the dependence test will be given through the department for application permits for the employment of a foreign worker.
- Those over the age of 90 are eligible for the permit, if they have been assigned at least 4 cumulative ADL assessment points.
- IDF veterans with disabilities and those with disabilities caused by a hostile act - Eligibility is determined by a Ministry of Defense committee or by the National Insurance Institute's Department for Victims of Hostile Acts which has determined that the applicant is eligible to at least 17 hours of assistance.
- Recipients of a Special Services Benefit (Attendance Allowance) are entitled to employ a foreign worker regardless of age and do not need to undergo an ADL assessment.
- Work disability victims recognized by the National Insurance Institute as such on the "dependent on others" or "long-term care" level.
- Children with disabilities who are eligible for a Disabled Child Benefit and for whom a Nursing Division Long-Term Care Advisory Committee has determined eligible must meet one of the following conditions:
- They require someone to provide physical assistance in order to go to school.
- They require constant accompaniment or supervision throughout most of the day due to the disability, and are unable 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).
- For information on other other eligible cases and circumstances, see: Eligibility Exceptions for Employing a Foreign Nursing Care Worker.
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 under 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.
- Kav Lamaasik - information and legal advice for employers of foreign workers
- Jerusalem Municipality's Department of Welfare and Social Services
- Worker's Hotline
- Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
Assistance in the Field of Employment for Nursing Care Workers
- Association of Law in the Service of the Elderly
- Yad Riva Legal Assistance for the Elderly
- Reuth- Eshel Information Center
- "BaBait" Welfare and Nursing Care for the Elderly
- For a full listing of aid organizations for the elderly, see here.
- For a full listing of aid organizations for people with disabilities, see 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