Visa Extension

Most visas are issued for a maximum period of one year. It is therefore likely that you will have to extend your visa at some point during your stay in Israel. Visas can be extended for a maximum period of one year per extension. We recommend that you start the extension process approximately two weeks before your visa expires.

Below you’ll find guidelines on how to extend your visa that are relevant to your specific status. Please do not hesitate to ask our staff for advice if you need help:

Visa Extension for BA and MA Students

STEP 1: Request a Visa Extension Letter from HUJI’s International Office

In order to request a visa extension letter, please send the following documents to Mr. Yehuda Hersch, Visa Coordinator at the International Office, at intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il:

  • A photocopy of your passport. If relevant, please include copies of the passports of your spouse and/or children.
  • A copy of your current visa. If relevant, please include copies of the visas of your spouse and/or children.
  • A Certificate of Enrollment in HUJI courses (either printed from your personal information page or issued by the academic secretary of your faculty).

Please allow up to two days for receipt of your letter.
STEP 2: Make an Appointment with the Ministry of Interior

In order to make an appointment with the Ministry of Interior, send an e-mail to Ashrot-Jerusalem@piba.gov.il or fill out this form. You can change the form’s language to English via the earth button on the top left. A representative will call/email you back and schedule a time for an appointment with you.

You must bring the following documents with you to your appointment at the Ministry of Interior:

  • Application form
  • Visa extension letter signed by Ms. Jane Turner, Head of HUJI’s International Office
  • Valid Certificate of Enrollment from Hebrew University
  • Passport
  • 1 passport photo
  • If you’re married – an original marriage license
  • If you have children – original birth certificates
  • Transcript of studies from the previous year
  • Proof of your means of financial support
  • Proof of a valid health insurance policy 
  • Apartment/dormitory housing contract
  • 180 NIS for the visa extension fee (payable by credit card only)
  • 180 NIS for the fee for a multiple-entry visa (payable by credit card only)

For further information, please contact Mr. Yehuda Hersch, Visa Coordinator at the International Office, at intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il

Visa Extension Service for PhD Students and Postdocs

PhD students who are required to extend their visas may submit the necessary documents and their passports to the International Office, and our staff will handle the visa extension process at the Ministry of Interior on their behalf.

This service is provided for the following types of visas:

  • Student visas (A/2)
  • Visas for accompanying family members (A/4)
  • Work visas (B/1; after receiving a work permit)

STEP 1: Submit All Requested Documents to HUJI’s International Office

Please submit the documents listed below on Sundays or Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 to our staff located at Mount Scopus Campus, Rothberg International School, Boyar Building, Room 524:

  • The visa extension form – one for each family member
  • A passport photo – one for each family member
  • Passport (and the passports of your family members if they require A/4 visas), which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the extension period
  • Certificate of Enrollment at Hebrew University (PhD students only)
  • Letter from your supervisor confirming the continuation of your studies for the next academic year (PhD students only)
  • Letter of invitation from Hebrew University (Postdocs only)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Rental contract
  • Bank statement from the last 3 months
  • Advance payment by credit card via a link (180 NIS for the extension of your visa and another 180 NIS for a multiple-entry visa, 360 NIS in total). Please contact intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il to receive the payment link.
  • If you’re requesting the extension of a B/1 work visa, please provide your new work permit
  • If you’re requesting the extension of visas for family members, please submit a marriage certificate and birth certificates of your children, and a notarized translation into English if they were not originally issued in English.

STEP 2: The International Office Will Contact the Ministry of Interior

The International Office staff visits the Ministry of Interior once a week to request the extension of visas. All documents you have submitted will be handled with utmost care and stored in a safe in the International Office.

STEP 3: Collect Your Extended Visa

You will be contacted when your extended visa and passport are ready to be picked up at the International Office (Mount Scopus, Boyar Building).

For further information, please contact Mr. Yehuda Hersch, Visa Coordinator at the International Office, at intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il

Visa Extension Service for International Faculty Members and Visiting Researchers

International faculty members and visiting researchers who are required to extend their visas may submit the necessary documents and their passports to HUJI’s International Office, which will handle the visa extension process on their behalf at the Ministry of Interior.

This service is provided for the following types of visas:

  • Visas for accompanying family members (A/4)
  • Work visas (B/1; after receiving a work permit)
  • B/2 visas for visitors

A temporary resident visa (A/5) cannot be extended without in-person attendance at the Ministry of the Interior.

STEP 1: Submit All Requested Documents to HUJI’s International Office

Please submit the documents listed below on Sundays or Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30 to our staff located at the Mount Scopus Campus, Rothberg International School, Boyar Building, Room 524:

  • The visa extension form – one for each family member
  • A passport photo – one for each family member
  • Passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the extension period
  • Letter of invitation from Hebrew University
  • Rental contract
  • Bank statement from the last 3 months
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Advance payment by credit card via a link (180 NIS for the extension of your visa and another 180 NIS for a multiple-entry visa, 360 NIS in total). Please contact intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il to receive the payment link.
  • If you’re requesting the extension of a B/1 work visa, please provide your new work permit
  • If you’re requesting the extension of visas for family members, please submit a marriage certificate and birth certificates of your children, and a notarized translation into English if they were not originally issued in English.

STEP 2: The International Office Will Contact the Ministry of Interior

The International Office staff visits the Ministry of Interior once a week to request the extension of visas. All documents you have submitted will be handled with utmost care and stored in a safe in the International Office.

STEP 3: Collect Your Extended Visa

You will be contacted when your extended visa and passport are ready to be picked up at the International Office (Mount Scopus, Boyar Building).

For further information, please contact Mr. Yehuda Hersch, Visa Coordinator at the International Office, at intvisas@savion.huji.ac.il.