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Israelis traveling in Germany to get work visas

Agreement to be signed as part of Merkel's state visit stipulates Israelis on short-term visits to Germany can get work visas almost automatically

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 02.23.14, 21:45 / Israel News

With Israelis moving to Berlin in droves and a delegation led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to land in Israel Sunday, a new deal allowing Israelis traveling in the country to work in Berlin has been announced.

 

 

The number of visas will be limited and to attain the work permit, Israelis will have to file a request with Berlin authorities.

 

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According to the agreement that will be signed during Merkel's visit to Israel with her cabinet, Israeli citizens' applications for work visas will be almost automatically approved.

 

Currently, Israelis with background in professions sought by the Germans can legally work in the country. The current agreement is an attempt to allow young Israelis touring the country for a number of months to earn during their travels.

 

Israel has already signed a similar agreement with the government of New Zealand, another nation where young Israelis go to work and travel at after their army service.

 

The agreement also stipulates that Israelis will be able to receive emergency consular services at Germany's diplomatic missions in countries that Israel does not have diplomatic relations with.

 

The agreement will be signed as part of a new attempt to tighten relations between the two nations, despite disagreements between Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayhau and Merkel.

 

Monday, Merkel and he cabinet will have a private dinner with Netanyahu, and will discuss peace talks with the Palestinians and nuclear talks with Iran.

 

Merkel is expected speak with Netanyahu about the need to freeze settlement construction in the West Bank, as well as publically supporting the two-state solution. Merkel is also expected to reiterate Germany's objection a boycott on Israel.

 

Later in the week, President Shimon Peres will give Merkel the newly minted President's Prize.

 

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