Special representatives of the Interior Ministry will be assigned to determine the legal status of foreign yeshiva students wishing to remain in the country. The decision is a direct result of efforts from Deputy Education Minister R’ Meir Porush, who has been meeting with ministry officials, aware of the difficulties encountered by yeshiva students from abroad who seek to renew their visas.
Yeshiva directors add the “foot-dragging” by the ministry hurts their pocketbook, explaining it takes months for students to achieve legal recognition at times, and as a result, they do not receive budgets for them until that time.
Interior Minister R’ Eli Yishai convened a special forum, including his director-general David Sheetrit, and other ministry top officials, along with R’ Porush and Elad mayor Shlomo Brilliant, establishing a system to expedite addressing visa extension requests from visiting yeshiva students.
It was decided that 8-10 representatives of the yeshivas will centralize all the requests and present them directly to the ministry officials responsible for addressing them. Jerusalem yeshivos with a large number of foreign students will be assigned a ministry agent who will be responsible for that yeshiva, all towards facilitating the process and eliminating delay.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)