What Could Be So Difficult About Updating a Foreign Citizen’s New Residential Address?
Foreign citizens who wish to update their residential address in Israel are often denied their legitimate right.
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An Israeli citizen who moved to another property can update his new address without undue difficulty in one of the Ministry of the Interior's offices by presenting a document attesting to his change of address.
In contrast, foreign citizens are unable to update their new residential address in this way. They are stuck with the residential address that was registered in the Interior Ministry's system when they were first issued a visa.
Israeli Shortcut has received numerous complaints from foreign citizens who moved to a new address that the Ministry of Transportation refuses to enter the new address in its system, claiming that the details of their place of residence is authenticated solely from Ministry of the Interior records, and therefore applicants can not update their address in the Transportation Department offices. Consequently, their renewed driver’s license will be sent to their old address where it may never reach them.
Israeli Shortcut wrote to the Ministry of Transportation and to the Ministry of the Interior to find a way to change the procedure that was a serious encumbrance for the foreign civilian population.
Apart from adding to the difficulties of acclimatization, Israeli Shortcut’s chairman emphasized that this is a indefensible inconvenience to foreign citizens, many of whom had come to fulfill a lifelong dream to live in Israel.
The Interior Minister responded that they acknowledged the seriousness of the matter and would examine what changes had to be made to maintain the rights of foreign citizens.