According to a report in the Jewish Daily Forward, an American Jewish man, Joshua Goldberg, who emigrated to Israel on June 10 of this year with his partner, whom he married in Canada two years ago, is petitioning the Israeli Interior Ministry to give his husband citizenship. His petition, filed four months ago, has yet to receive a response.
Under Israeli Law, Jews have an unrestricted right to immigrate to Israel and receive citizenship under the "Law of Return," and so does his or her "spouse," even if that spouse is not Jewish.
Goldberg was originally told by officials that his husband, Bayardo Alvarez, could have citizenship. When the couple's visas came through in February, however, Goldberg received citizenship, but Alvarez received only temporary residency.
As a result, Alvarez was ineligible for all but one of the state-funded absorbtion programs to which those immigrating under the Law of Return are entitled. Absorbtion programs are designed to integrate immigrants into Israeli society, permitting them intensive study in Hebrew and Israeli culture at state cost. These programs are conveniently located all around the country. A state subsidy is also provided to assist with housing and other living costs while immigrants become acculturated, giving them time to find housing and employment when they first arrive.
However, instead of receiving 33,110 shekels ($9,500) between them in state assistance for relocating, they receive 17,368 shekels ($5,000) as a payment to Goldberg alone.