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Immediate Work Authorization for E and L Dependent Spouses

In November of 2021, USCIS announced a shift in policy pertaining to E and L non-immigrant dependent spouses, but only recently, new guidelines have been implemented.

Under the new policy, E and L non-immigrant dependent spouses who entered the United States on, or after, January 31, 2022, will be eligible for immediate employment authorization upon entry to the US, with properly annotated I-94 documentation. 

Proper annotation on the I-94 will include an “S” after the respective category (E1S, E2S, or L2S). Under the new guidelines E and L spouses will no longer have to undergo the lengthy EAD application process. 

E and L spouses who were admitted to the US prior to January 31, 2022, however, must still apply for a valid EAD card or depart the US and receive the updated annotation upon re-entry.

It is recommended to seek the advice of an experienced Immigration Attorney in order to ensure compliance with the applicable guidelines.


Kan-Tor & Acco Expands Its Services with the Addition of Amos Arbel as Senior Advisor

Amos Arbel is a senior advisor regarding issues such as entry into Israel, naturalization, and policymaking. Amos retired from the IDF after 27 years of service and joined the ranks of the Population and Immigration Authority as Director of the Bureau of Population in Tel Aviv.

Later, Mr. Arbel served as the Director of the Registry and Legal Status Division of the Population and Immigration Authority. Amos is an expert in all areas of immigration and visa processing for foreigners as well as regulation of the legal status for those entitled by law.


Amos will join KTA’s Advisory Board to expand its footprint with clients operating or looking to operate in Israel, but also to advise on policymaking issues. In this capacity, Amos will assist with a number of ambitious private and public projects the firm has already identified.

In addition to his business development skills, which he will leverage to lead the firm’s work on cross-border mandates, Amos will bring his expertise and experience in the fields of multisector projects, and good governance of government relations.


Partial Strike of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Effecting Consular and Apostil Processes

Employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the consular sections within all Israeli missions worldwide have unexpectedly declared an immediate effective partial strike. The duration or extent of the strike has not yet been announced.

During the strike, no apostile services will be provided (formal document legalization). The process at Israeli missions may be slower or may not be provided at particular posts.


The strike is a result of a long dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over consular employees’ compensation and taxation benefits.


Employers and foreign nationals should take the partial strike into consideration. KTA recommends contacting the consulate prior to traveling for the visa process, to verify if the particular post is striking. Additionally, employers should take into account delays resulting from apostile applications delays.


 If an urgent process is pending, please update your Client Manager at Kan-Tor & Acco.


Best Regards,


Amit Acco, Senior Partner (Israeli law content)

Jessica Morag, Esq, Nashwa Azzam (US law content)


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