U.S. Warns Israelis on Visa Scam

The U.S. Consulate in Tel Aviv produced a video to warn Israelis – don’t try to fool our immigration officers.

Gil Ronen, | updated: 18:32

Scammed Israeli citizen
Scammed Israeli citizen

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv released a video warning young Israelis not to be tempted by illegal offers of work in the United States. The YouTube video features testimony by young Israelis who were nabbed when trying to enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, with the intention of working there.

The video features U.S. officials who warn that attempts to illegally enter the U.S. for work could result in a lifetime ban from the country. The officials noted people caught attempting to enter the U.S. in this way can wind up in jail, alongside common criminals.
The video targets Israelis who enter the United States on tourist visas and work illegally in kiosks in local malls. This has been done by thousands of Israelis for decades – but “the difference is, we know about it now,” an Embassy investigator says. 
Specifically, the video warns against companies that tell prospective workers to enter the U.S. on B1/B2 visas and promise that the chances of getting in trouble are slim.
“After their arrival at a U.S. airport and questioning by immigration inspectors, the true purpose of their U.S. trip is then discovered,” the U.S. warns. “What can follow is detention, possibly a court hearing, and then an immediate return to Israel along with a multi-year ban on future travels to the United States. We hope you'll agree with them that the price of breaking U.S. immigration law is too high! Please stick to the law and have a great trip to the U.S.!!!"