Introduction:

A foreign worker in the nursing field is limited in his ability to change jobs in Israel
The limitations are geographic - based on a division of areas in the country (except for the cases detailed below) and quantitative - a limit on the amount of changes that can be made
If the employer of a foreign caregiver dies or moves to a long-term care institution, the geographical restriction on the employee's license becomes void


A foreign worker is not "chained" to a particular employer and he is permitted to transfer to work for other employers that are long term care patients holding valid permits necessary to employ foreign workers.

  • Changing employers is possible but has geopraphic limitations (except for in cases detailed below), limitations on the number of times a person can switch, and requires that special, advance notice be given.

Who is Eligible?

  • A foreign worker employed in Israel in the nursing field.

Geographic limitations in employing a foreign nursing care worker

  • According to the Israel Entry Regulations (Establishment of geographic regions for the employment of foreign workers in the nursing field), 2014, when a foreign nursing care worker initially arrives in Israel, based on where the employer he came to care for lives, he will be given a region in which he is permitted to work and it will be written on his permit.
  • For a foreign nursing care worker who is already in Israel on July 10, 2014 (the day the regulations come into effect), the region will be determined according to the area of residence of the last nursing patient the foreign worker was legally employed by. The region will be written on the worker's permit when it is renewed.
  • Foreign nursing care workers can switch between long-term care patients according to the following rules:
    • A foreign worker that is permitted to work in the "Tel-Aviv region" (Tel Aviv District) is permitted to switch to work for long term care patients that live anywhere in the country.
    • A foreign worker that is permitted to work in the "Central region" (Central districts, Haifa and Jerusalem) is permitted to switch to work for any long term care patients that live permanently in these areas or in the periphery. He is not permitted to work for a long-term care patient that lives in the "Tel -Aviv region" (except in cases detailed below).
    • A foreign worker that is permitted to work in the "Periphery region" is only permitted to switch to work for a patients that live permanently in the periphery - in the North or South of the country. He is not permitted to work for a long-term care patient in the "Tel Aviv" or "Central" regions (except in cases detailed below).
  • Map showing the division of regions in the nursing field on the Government Services and Information website.
  • List of cities and the region to which they belong on the Government Services and Information website.

Situations that don't have geographical limitations

  • As was stated, a foreign worker that is permitted to work in the "Tel Aviv region" (Tel Aviv district). is permitted to work for long-term care patients anywhere in the country.
  • A worker whose employer passed away or moved to a long term care institution:
    • The geographic limitation is lifted from a foreign worker who is employed in the Central or periphery regions if his employment ends because his employer passes away or moves permanently to a long-term care institution (a long-term care institution, or a long-term care brand that care for: people who need long term care, Mentally Frail, Physically Frail, not including hospitals).
    • When the foreign worker's permit is renewed "Tel-Aviv region" will be written on it (allowing the worker to be employed by long-term care patients living in all areas of the country).
  • A foreign nursing care worker whose employer moves to another area:
    • In the event that the employer of the foreign worker moves to an area where the foreign worker is not authorized to work, and the employer wishes to continue employing the worker in his new area of ​​residence, the employer and the foreign worker must inform the Immigration Authority Commissioner (or someone on his behalf) of their desire to continue employment.
    • When the visa and license of the foreign worker are renewed so he can continue his employment with the same employer, the new area will be registered with the visa and the foreign worker's residence permit, and it will be noted that this is a temporary area.
    • If the employment of the foreign worker for the employer ends for reasons that are not death or transfer to a long-term care facility of employer, the permit to work in the temporary are will be revoked and the foreign worker will be allowed to work only in the area initially designated for him.
  • Transfer from one region to another in exceptional circumstances:
    • In exceptional cases in which an employer or foreign worker requests that the employee work for the employer not according to the area designated for the worker, the Immigration Authority Commissioner may permit this, if he is convinced that there are exceptional circumstances that justify the transfer and it is for the benefit of the patient or foreign worker.
    • The Commissioner is not permitted to allow transfer between areas retroactively. In other words, you must first ask for permission to transfer, and only if approval is given, transfer. If it found that the employment began before the approval was received, the application is automatically rejected.
    • In a case where a transfer due to exceptional circumstances is approved, the new area will be registered with the visa and the residence permit of the foreign worker when his license is extended, and it will be noted that this is a temporary area.
    • If the employment of the foreign worker for the employer ends for reasons that are not death or transfer to a long-term care facility of employer, the permit to work in the temporary are will be revoked and the foreign worker will be allowed to work only in the area initially designated for him.

Limitations on the number of times a foreign nursing care worker can transfer between patients

  • A foreign worker in the nursing field may transfer between employers with permits to employ foreign workers in the geographical area in which he is permitted to work (subject to the fulfillment of the other procedures of the authority).
  • In the event that a foreign worker has stopped working for three nursing care patients in a period of two years and is suspected of abusing his visa, the Immigration Authority may summon him for clarification regarding these suspicions. If the inquiry shows that the foreign worker has abused the visa granted to him, and the worker had a chance to have his claims heard, an authorized official can decide to cancel or not renew the worker's visa and permit.
  • The following circumstances are not counted in the 3 transfers of work:
    • Termination of employment due to dismissal of the foreign worker by the patient.
    • Termination of employment because the patient is moved to a nursing home.
    • Termination of employment of a foreign worker who was a substitute for the permanent employee of the patient.
    • Termination of work due to the death of the nursing patient.
  • In addition, the resignation of a foreign worker from a nursing care patient following a tangible deterioration in his employment conditions or other circumstances in the labor relations for which the worker is not required to continue his work (example abuse of a foreign worker) will not be considered an abuse of the work visa.

Restrictions on permit extensions

  • As a rule, it is not possible to extend a work visa for foreign workers in the nursing field beyond 63 months from the date of their first entry into Israel, unless a long-term caregiver requires the continued employment of a foreign worker who has treated him for at least one year. For additional information see Extension of a permit to employ a foreign nursing care worker.
  • However, in the event that a nursing care patient requires the continued employment of a foreign worker beyond the 63 months of the worker's stay in Israel, and the worker has not treated him for at least one year, an application for an extension of the work visa can be submitted on the basis of special humanitarian reasons. For additional information see Extension of a permit to employ a foreign nursing care worker for humanitarian reasons.

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