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Renouncement of Israeli Citizenship & 2015 Government Fees- January 4, 2015

January 4, 2015

 

Renouncement of Citizenship

According to official statistics published by Ynet, the percentage of Israeli citizens giving up their passports rose by 65 percent during 2014.  In the past year, 765 citizens submitted such documents while in 2013 the figure stood at 478, according to data collected by the Administration of Border Crossings, Population, and Immigration and Israeli embassies abroad.

Among the common reasons for the citizen renouncements are the wish not to hold dual citizenship, applying for a different citizenship (which requires renouncing the other existent citizenship), evading Israeli taxation, evading army duty, travelling & doing business with countries not having diplomatic relations with Israel, the need to enter and depart from Israel using Israeli travel documents and more.

As Israeli citizenship is imposed automatically to almost any person who was born to an Israeli parent, some foreign nationals found they were Israeli at a later stage of their life, and asked to revoke this nationality.

The process of renouncing Israeli citizenship is intended for an Israeli citizen permanently living abroad who wishes to renounce his Israeli citizenship for any reason. This is implemented by giving a declaration of the desire to renounce the citizenship, along with relevant documents and an application theconsulate where the applicant resides. The process of renouncing citizenship cannot be implemented by mail. The presence of the applicant in person is mandatory.

It is important to note that the decision to authorize a renunciation of citizenship is made at the sole discretion of the Minister of the Interior or anyone appointed by him, and as long as such authorization is not given, the person who made the declaration is still an Israeli citizen.

It should be noted also that there have been cases in which the Minister saw fit, for various reasons, not to authorize a renunciation of citizenship. Among the most common reasons for denial of such applications are the lack of ability to show a permanent transfer of residency & required military duty.

 

Government Fees for 2015 

The annual fee employers must pay for each foreign national has remained with no change since 2014 and is currently 9,600 NIS (USD 2,440). B-1 work visa and work permit fees also have not been changed and currently total 11,170 NIS (USD 2,840). 

 

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