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Israelis' Russian families allowed into country after deportation backlash

After disastrous deportation incidents, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has agreed to grant tourist visas to the spouses of Russian Israelis fleeing Russia.

Israel’s Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked has instructed the Population and Immigration Authority to grant entry to couples even if only one spouse is an Israeli national. As of Oct. 11, as they hold a valid Russian marriage certificate, Russian non-Jewish spouses will be admitted into Israel regardless of whether they hold an entry visa.

The new instructions are designed to facilitate the entry of couples fleeing Russian’s recent conscription efforts. Non-Jewish spouses will be allowed to enter Israel as tourist without have to wait months for a visa to be processed. Their children will also be allowed to enter. The spouse will have to deposit a guarantee of a yet undetermined 10,000-30,000 shekels and pledge to leave the country once their three-month tourist visa expires.

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