It took me three phone calls to three different numbers before I found the right person with whom to make an appointment at Misrad Hapnim for a month from now to discuss the possiblity of extending my tourist visa–and I consider that to have been an easy, hassle-free experience. Now we’ll see if it actually works.
Have you been to the misrad ha-panim?
Once. It was totally traumatizing, and I left with nothing accomplished.
I expect it might be similar this time, but was figuring that the meeting-setting attempts would be equally painful, so I’m feeling like I got off easy….
Ribo refers to it as “the miserable panim”. Thinking of you a lot, Danyita.
Hmm, I have succeeded in the past in just going to Misrad HaPnim and getting a tourist visa extended – it just took a lot of waiting. And by the way, it’s Pnim not Panim – Interior Ministry, not Ministry of Faces (imagine if that were the name….)
And if it was Panim- you could call it “Misrad Al-HaPanim” 🙂
After many years of research, I’ve found the most efficient time to go is between 10.55- 11.10 am. May the force be with you…
I didn’t think “appointment” was a concept they entertained, except for “appointment to get there four hours early so as to fight with everyone else for the right to get through the door.” Well, well. Good luck.
(I’m wasting time)
Good luck, my friend 🙂
(I’m writing this comment on your blog now even tho’ we’re sitting across the table from each other having lunch)
good luck with israeli red tape, the only time i did not waste a whole day there was when i came in uniform.