Law Changed to Benefit Foreign Citizens Following Israeli Shortcut's Intervention
The Ministry of Public Security will permit Israel Police to issue a certificate of integrity to foreign citizens under certain conditions. It is also considering amending the law.
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The Prevention of Employment of Carnal Offenders Law stipulates that it is a criminal offense for an employer to employ an adult who has been convicted of a carnal offense in specific institutions as established by law.
An employer of such an institution requires a candidate who wants to accept a job to present a certificate of integrity from the Israel Police, attesting that he has committed no criminal offenses.
Until now, a foreign national with a foreign passport who wanted to get a certificate of integrity was turned down by the Israel Police, who claimed that they can not issue a certificate of integrity for one who doesn’t possess an Israeli identity card.
Foreign citizens were turned down even after they presented a certificate of integrity from their place of origin to the Israel Police.
In response to the requests of many foreign citizens who were rejected for jobs for this reason, Israeli Shortcut appealed to the Ministry of Public Security, and within a short time received the reply, "We are currently examining an amendment to the law to solve the problem pointed out in your letter. At the same time, until the legislative amendment is approved, we are submitting a provision that will permit the police, under certain conditions, to approve a certificate of integrity for foreign nationals who present a certificate from their country of origin that they have not been convicted of carnal offenses as defined in Israeli law.”
Israeli Shortcut’s chairman praised the Ministry of Public Security for taking immediate action to remedy the problem. He added that this welcome change will undoubtedly encourage foreign citizens to settle in Israel after they are assured of a source of income.