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Apply for Foreign spouse status to Israel

How to apply for foreign spouse status to Israel?

When a person is in a relationship with a foreign citizen and wants to invite him/her to Israel. There are certain procedures to apply for foreign spouse status. Read below about required documents and procedures.

It should be noted that the procedure of the ministry of interior for providing nationality for foreign partners applies also to common-law spouses and to homosexual couples in almost the same way it applies to heterosexual married couples.

Required documents:

  • Israeli spouse’s current id.
  • A photocopy of the foreign spouse’s passport must be valid for the next two years.
  • Three passport size photographs of each spouse.
  • Proofs of cohabitation such as photographs, holidays, life events, weddings, graduation, Christmas, birthdays.
  • Proof of correspondence such as a printout of phone calls, statements from family/friends, Travel itineraries/hotel bookings.
  • A photocopy of the passport or Israeli national id of the person who wrote the letter of recommendation and a letter explaining the couple’s shared life, manner, and duration of their acquaintance.
  • Police clearance certificate for the foreign spouse.
  • Marriage certificate.
  • Original birth certificate of the foreign spouse.
  • A letter from the workplace or employer and salary slip from the past 1 year.
  • Foreign spouses submit all documents that must be translated into Hebrew and authenticated by a notary and affidavit.
  • Payment slips.

Procedures for foreign spouse status:

If a couple wants to Apply for foreign spouse status to Israel, the process takes up to 5 years for a spouse who did formal marriage, but up to 7 years for a spouse who did not register their marriage. Meanwhile, the spouse can apply.

Law and regulations:

The ministry of interior has set many preliminary conditions that must be met before beginning each stage of the process:

  • The marriage between the couple was not done fictitiously for the non-Israeli partner to receive citizenship and establish a permanent residence in Israel.
  • The couple must show sincerity, not hide pertinent facts, nor provide false and/or unsatisfactory details.
  • The couple must prove that their shared lives are based in Israel.
  • The Ministry of the Interior must be convinced that the foreign spouse presents no risk to public health, public security, or national security.

Most frequently asked interview questions:

  1. What is your spouse’s name?
  2. What are your hobbies and interests?
  3. What does your spouse do for a living?
  4. What do you do for a living?
  5. Was your spouse married previously?
  6. What are your spouse’s parents’ names?
  7. Where do you plan to live in Israel?
  8. When and how did you meet your spouse?
  9. How long are you corresponding with your spouse?
  10. Where did you get married?
  11. How long has your spouse lived at their current address?
  12. What is your spouse’s religious background?
  13. What is your religious background?
  14. Does your spouse speak and understand your language?
  15. You speak and understand your spouse’s language?
  16. What are your spouse’s hobbies & interests?
  17. Has your spouse ever been convicted of a crime?
  18. How do you communicate with your spouse?
  19. Why do you want to come to Israel?
  20. Where and how did you meet your spouse?
  21. What is your spouse’s full name?
  22. How long has your spouse been in Israel?
  23. Tell me about your wedding.
  24. Did you have an engagement party/Who was there?
  25. Do you/did you have honeymoon plans?
  26. How many days a week does your spouse work?
  27. Have you ever been to Israel?
  28. When do you plan on entering Israel?
  29. Does your spouse have any siblings/What are their names?
  30. What can you tell me about the state your spouse lives in?
  31. Do you and your spouse have plans to have children in the future?
  32. Have you met your spouse’s parents?
  33. Have you ever been denied a visa to any country?
  34. What is your spouse’s phone number/email address?
  35. How often/how do you communicate with your spouse?
  36. What kinds of things do you enjoy doing together?
  37. How does your family feel about the marriage?
  38. How does your spouse’s family feel about the marriage?
  39. As a couple, why did you decide to move to Israel rather than to your country?
  40. Who proposed, you or your spouse?
  41. Describe the proposal/When was it?
  42. What do you and your spouse have in common?
  43. 59. What is your spouse’s favorite movie/musical artist/food?
  44. How much time have you spent together in person?
  45. Do you know any of your spouse’s friends?
  46. How many people showed up at your wedding?
  47. Where and when was your spouse born?
  48. How long did you date before getting engaged?
  49. Did your spouse go to college/Where?
  50. What color are your spouse’s eyes?