Banks of Israel obliged to help new immigrants
Aliya to Israel in 2022 alone amounted to about 70 thousand repatriates. Most from Eastern Europe. Such a number of newcomers led to the fact that Israeli banks began to create obstacles for them in banking operations.
Reasons for making demands
Banking assistance measures were taken by the Bank of Israel due to increased complaints from repatriates from Eastern Europe about difficulties in accepting money transfers and opening bank accounts.
Bank of Israel claims
Bank Inspector Yair Avidan sent a circular of requirements to commercial banks, in which he demanded that banks fulfill the following aspects:
Creation of a single standard for opening an account for new repatriates, including a single set of documents for the client and the bank in the country of origin to verify the source of money;
Introduction of an acceptable period during which the bank is obliged to respond to the request;
During the July meeting with the leadership of the banking sector, the Ministry of Finance and the Bank of Israel came to an agreement on the creation of a special plan that will create conditions for unhindered transfers of funds from Eastern Europe to Israel.
an Israeli citizenship specialist