Israel is closer to the implementation of a law that would setup a national center for the collection and analysis of data on flights and passengers entering and exiting Israel – allowing the U.S. to take a major step towards allowing Israeli nationals to travel the U.S. without a visa.
Additionally, the U.S. Embassy in Israel announced in January that Israel had met the Nonimmigrant Visa Refusal Rate requirement for the 2022 fiscal year, a prerequisite for joining the Visa Waiver Program. The percentage of visa refusals for Israelis was less than 3%, a requirement to join the program.
If the remaining pieces of legislation can be completed this summer – provisions that include the development, implementation, and testing of data sharing systems across government agencies, as well as reciprocity concerns (particularly for Arab and Palestinian Americans) – Israelis will be able to begin traveling to the United States without a visa for tourism or business trips shorter than 90 days beginning on October 1, 2023. We expect additional information to be forthcoming this summer.
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