The Flying Visa scam
- Israel's employment agencies obtain permits to hire foreign workers
- The permit allows them to secure employment and a work visa for a foreigner
- The Israel agency's partner in India takes huge sums of money from those wishing to work in Israel
- But once the Indian worker reaches Israel, he finds his employment, and therefore his visa, cancelled
- The guilty employment agency uses the permit to take out a visa for yet another Indian
- Those left stranded go into hiding, hoping to evade deportation. They work illegally to pay the loans they took to finance their journey to Israel.
The Binding Arrangement
- Those working legally are also ripe for exploitation. Their work visa is valid as long as they have the job.
- Employers consequently compel, say a caregiver, to also double up as cooks, gardeners etc
- Wages are often far lower than promised originally
- NGOs suspect cases of sexual abuse. These are not reported because the victim fears his visa could be cancelled.
- Should the employer die, the visa stands cancelled.