News Brief 3/16/2011, Adar Bet 10, 5771
No Conversions for Foreign Workers
Shas faction head Eli Yishai met Wednesday with Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar to discuss the issue of conversions of foreign workers. The two agreed on the need to prevent foreign citizens from converting to Judaism for the sole purpose of receiving Israeli citizenship.
In order to prevent such a situation, people who entered Israel illegally, who have work permits but not permanent status, or who have applied for permanent status, will not be allowed to convert, the two agreed.