Rose Fostanes, the Filipina winner of the "X Factor Israel," will be able to work in the country as a paid singer, Israeli news site Ynet reported on Monday.
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Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority to issue Fostanes a work permit that would allow her to work as an entertainer, according to the Ynet report. Currently, Fostanes has a special caregiver visa that prohibits other forms of employment.
Fostanes appeared at the Interior Ministry on Monday, where, according to Ynet, she was given two options: to work exclusively as a paid singer or to continue working as a caregiver while pursuing her singing career on the side. Both options require her current employer's consent.
Fostanes told Haaretz she wasn't planning on pursuing a music career, saying, “If there is a chance that I can change my job, maybe I will talk to my employer and she will understand this. But I think I don’t want to leave her because I love her so much.”
However, Ynet reported that, while at the Interior Ministry, she asked to work exclusively as an entertainer, and sources close to her employer said she prefers to avoid the continued spotlight on Fostanes and won’t interfere should she choose to leave her current job.
Fostanes is one of about 40,000 Filipinos who work in caregiving jobs in Israel.
Several months ago, a friend encouraged her to audition for the “X-Factor,” a popular show hosted by Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, which she won last week.