Kadima backs bill that sets migrant visa numbers, fewer restrictions for kids (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Jonathan Lis 06/24/12)
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Kadima has proposed legislation that would provide clear-cut criteria
for giving residency permits to labor migrants and spouses of Israeli
The bill would make it harder for migrants to enter Israel, but once
here, easier to receive official status.
Kadima says current laws are not comprehensive enough to deal with
labor migration. It says the bill would allow more sympathetic
treatment of people crossing the border; for example, of children of
migrants illegally in Israel for many years.
Success in advancing the bill would show that Kadima is a key member
of the coalition, which it joined two months ago. Kadima considered
submitting such legislation before joining the coalition, but
withdrew it because a bill sponsored by the opposition would have no
chance of passing.
Meanwhile, non-Israeli spouses above 22 would receive legal status in
Israel after declaring loyalty to the state, showing "some
proficiency" in Hebrew, and proving that they earn a salary equal to
or above the Israeli average. Security officials would also have to
approve the application.
For migrants, the bill envisions a two-year residency that could be
extended for up to five years. Migrants in Israel legally for 10
years would be able to request permanent status, which could be
granted three years after applying. Migrants requesting permanent
residency would have to prove they have not needed welfare services
during the three-year waiting period.
An estimated 250,000 to 400,000 foreign workers have entered the
country over the past decade. Some 130,000 people, mostly
Palestinians, have entered as relatives of Israeli citizens. (©
Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 06/24/12)
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