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A-1 visas are valid for 3 years, and are apparently extendable for an additional two years (allowing one to stay in Israel on such visas for a maximum of 5 years). According to AngloList (http://www.anglo-list.com/aliyah-information/israel-visas?id=625), one must apply to get their extension before the 3 year period is over. However, the criteria that makes one eligible to extend their visa to 5 years is not specified, nor is it specified how far in advance one must apply, nor where one is to go in order to apply for their extension. What are the regulations about this?

  • Are you already there making Aliyah? – Giorgio Aug 11 '17 at 13:13
  • VTC: there are numerous oblligations to making Aliyah, and extensions are specific to where an individual is in that process. No way to respond to this question, as it's too broad, without knowing more info from OP. – Giorgio Aug 17 '17 at 19:53
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    @Dorothy such commentary regarding the complexities of Aaliyah are irrelevant, as this is about the extension of an A1 visa (temporary residency visa one is eligible to receive after going thru the same Aaliyah examination and approval process as an oleh chadash). A1 visa holders must be eligible to make Aliyah to receive the visa, but are not olim themselves. It is not a question about making Aaliyah, but rather about the eligibility requirements to renew the A1 temporary residency visa to its maximum possible term of 5 years, from its initially granted validity of three years. – User093203920 Aug 19 '17 at 1:17
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As I read the formal procedure for handling Aleph-1 (א-1) visa applications, it seems that there are no extra requirements for extending the visa to the maximum of 5 years; you will need to apply for the extension using Form Aleph-Shin-Slash-3 (אש/3).

Caveat: I have never done this myself nor do I have acquaintances who have. I merely read what the ministry writes.


Obiter dictum appeal: Please consider carefully the moral and political implication of using the privilege of people of Jewish descent to immigrate to Palestine/Israel from anywhere in the world (which is what א-1 visas are for), while the native Palestinian population is mostly stuck outside of their country as refugees after having been driven out in large numbers in 1948, and in 1967.

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