Israel lets Filipino X-Factor winner stay and work as singer
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A Filipino caregiver who won Israel's version of the X-Factor last week will be allowed to stay in the country and pursue a music career, the Immigration Authority said on Monday.
Ms Rose Fostanes, 47, was the surprise winner of the popular television singing contest, but her visa only allowed her to work in Israel as a caregiver and would not normally permit her to move into show business.
The Interior Minister has now decided to grant Ms Fostanes an artists' visa, which would allow her to stay in Israel and work as a singer, the Immigration Authority said in a statement.
"It has not yet been decided how long Fostanes could stay for," an immigration official added.