If you want to study in one of Israel’s universities and benefit from the high quality education, you need an Israel student visa. It allows you to legally stay in the country and complete your education.
The article explains what the requirements are, how to apply for the visa and you will find the common questions related to the application process.
Israel student visa
People who want to study in one of the educational centers in Israel need to apply for an Israel student visa or A2 visa:
- Elementary school
- High school
- Academic institutions
- Yeshivot (a Jewish educational center that concentrates on the study of traditional religious texts, primarily the Talmud and the Torah)
- Youth institutions of the Jewish Agency
The visa is valid for one year and permits multiple entries to the holder. Remember that you can not work under an Israel work visa.
Who is eligible to apply for an Israel student visa?
The only requirement for an Israel student visa is to provide an acceptance letter from an Israeli education center. If you succeed in providing the certificate from the university or school and are able to gather the requirements for the visa, you can apply for it.
Remember that you cannot work in Israel under a student visa, and you need to have enough funds to cover your expenses.
If you are under 18, your parents must authorize you to study in Israel through a formal consent letter.
If your parents are Jewish, you can not apply for a student visa, and you are eligible for Israeli citizenship.
What are the Israel visa requirements?
The required supporting documents for an Israel student visa is as follows:
You need to download a digital form and fill it with the true form of your information. What you put in the form must be compatible with your documents, such as your passport.
Two passport pictures (5×5 cm) with a clear white background are required. Bear in mind that they must have been taken in the past three months, and your face mustn’t have undergone a considerable change.
Certification of acceptance or acceptance letter from an Israeli university or education center is required.
You need to provide evidence that you have enough funds to cover your expenses in the country. Proof of scholarship or funds, bank statements will suffice.
It must hold validity for the whole duration of your stay in Israel and not older than ten years ago. Having two blank pages is also essential.
Paid visa fees
Provide the receipt that you have paid the visa fees.
If the applicant is younger than 18 years old, his/her parents must provide a signed consent letter.
Work on it and prepare a good one.
Proof of Accommodation
Make it clear where you will live during your stay.
Proof of scholarship
If the education center wants to fund you.
Note: The Consul may request additional documents.
How to apply for an Israel student visa?
The application process for an Israel student visa is as follows but remember that you need to take a different path or slightly change the steps:
1. Acceptance letter from Israel education center
The first step in the Israel student visa application process is to receive an application from an Israeli university or education center. You need to find the center you want on the internet and find out about the requirements. such as:
- Purpose statement
- Language proficiency certificate
The center or university provides you the letter if everything is complete. You can apply for the visa only by this letter.
2. When and where to apply?
You shouldn’t apply too early or too late for the visa. The earliest time is two months before you begin your studies in the country. Also, find out where to apply for a student visa. You need to apply to either:
- Israel embassy or consulate
- A visa center authorized by the officials.
When you find the center, visit their website to see if they have any particular requirements or rules or not.
3. Completing the application form
Now you need to complete the application form for an Israel student visa. You can find the digital one in the above section. Complete it with the exact match of your documents. Then you need to print and sign it.
4. Collecting the requirements
See the section above to know the requirements for an Israel student visa. You need to gather all of them and provide them to the officials. Remember that by your nationality and situation, you might have to provide further documents. For instance, Military service is compulsory in some countries, and you might need to provide the Military Service Completion Certificate or an exemption certificate. Also, this stage might take longer than usual, so you can begin it before other steps.
5. Visa interview with the embassy
Now you need to schedule a visa interview with the Israeli officials in your home country. You could book one with a
- Phone call
- Through website
- In-person visit
Then you need to get to the interview and bring all the collected requirements. Try not to be late and remember to carry all the requirements. You will submit everything to the officials, pay the fees (€41), or you might have to pay online, then they will ask you questions about your background and your visit to Israel.
6. Visa processing
When you finish the authorities with the embassy, wait until they process the visa and decide on it. It won’t take long until the Israeli officials decide on your visa. They will inform you through the contact method they have determined with you.
Israel student visa processing time
The Israel student visa will be processed in a few days, and you will know about the decision as soon as possible. However, you might have to wait a bit longer if the embassy or center is busy. Ask about the average processing time when the interview ends, and you want to leave the embassy.
How long is an Israel student visa valid for?
The validity of the student visa is up to your study course and the officials’ decision. The normal validity is one year, and you can extend it as well.
To extend the visa, you need the following documents:
- A letter from university or educational center
- Visa extension forms.
- Two photos
- Paid fee receipt
- The exact dates (beginning & ending) of the program
Israel student visa Covid-19
Currently, when you want to move to Israel, you have to provide a negative PCR test 72 hours before you leave your home country.
If you have formal vaccination proof with the vaccines verified by the CDC and WHO or have recovered from the COVID-19, have to perform a serological test in Israel at a clinic of their choice. If the test proves to have antibodies, you can shorten the period of quarantine.
Let’s sum up…
You can continue your education in Israel under its student visa. The article provided all the information you need to know to apply for an Israel student visa; requirements, application process, language requirements.
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