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Following HaMoked’s petitions: after years of living with just stay permits and no social security rights, 1,573 Palestinians residing in the Israel in the framework of the family unification procedure receive temporary status

On April 11, 2016 – in the framework of petitions by HaMoked and several private attorneys – the state announced that the Minister of Interior decided to give temporary status (A/5 visa) to Palestinians living in Israel for years in the framework of the family unification procedure with nothing but stay permits, provided their application had been filed no later than the end of 2003.

On December 4, 2016, HaMoked sent a freedom-of-information application to the population authority, to follow up of the implementation of the minister’s decision. As no response arrived, on May 17, 2017, HaMoked filed a freedom-of-information petition to the Court for Administrative Affairs.

On September 27, 2017, following the petition filing, the population authority provided a detailed response to the freedom-of-information application. According to the response, of the group of people concerning whom the Minister of Interior made his decision, 418 did not receive temporary status due to a security or criminal preclusion or for failing the relevant criteria. It was also stated that refusal notices had been sent to those refused.

The others of this group, 1,573 people, already received temporary identity cards, along with the social security rights coming with it. (02) 627 1698   (02) 627 6317

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