VIDEO - After it was revealed that Rose Fostanes, the 47-year-old caregiver from the Philippines who won the first season of Israel's X-Factor - and the nation's heart - could be in trouble with the authorities if she attempts to sing professionally in Israel, Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar personally intervened Monday to resolve the issue.
Sa'ar has instructed the Population and Immigration Authority to allow Fostanes to be gainfully employed in Israel as a singer, changing her work permit which is now only valid for employment in the field of nursing.
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The new permit will be subject to the approval of her current employer, the family of the person for whom she cares full-time.
Fostanes went to the Interior Ministry on Monday, and was presented with two options to solve the bureaucratic conundrum: She can either accept an artist's visa, which would force her to leave her job and employer of five years. The second was to be allowed to work as a singer while maintaining her care-giving duties. Fostanes opted for the former.
A source within the Population and Immigration Authority confirmed to Ynet that this was the deal that Fostanes had been offered.
Ofer Menahem, who represents Fostanes at the Aroma Music label, said in response that Rose "was offered a number of options, and she is currently considering them and taking initial steps to implement them. We will publish a full statement the moment there is a final decision."