Russian-Jewish billionaire and owner of Chelsea football club, Roman Abramovich, flew to Tel Aviv after Israeli citizenship
The Immigration Department told the BBC that he had been interviewed at the Israeli embassy in Moscow last week , He was faced with delays in extending his British visa.
His spokesman did not comment on the reports that had been granted citizenship.
Mr. Abramovich, 51
His British investor visa is said to have expired a few weeks ago, but the British government has refused to comment on his isolated case.
A new one comes due to increasing diplomatic tensions between London and Moscow after the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England
- Abramovich faces a British visa delay
- Reality Check: What is an investor visa? Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE I was not at the FA Cup final at Wembley earlier this month when Chelsea beat Manchester United
Israeli media report that in Israel he received a passport according to the Return Law, which allows Jews to become citizens of Israel.
The Times of Israel said the Interior Ministry has confirmed that Abramovitch had arrived in Israel Monday and that he had immigrated to the country.
A frequent visitor to Israel, he bought a hotel in Tel Aviv in 2015, which is reported to have turned into a residence.
Israeli passport holders are allowed to enter the UK without a short stay visa.
Mr. Abramovich, according to Forbes magazine, has a value of $ 11.5 billion (£ 8.6 billion). The move could be financially rewarding as new Israeli citizens are exempted from the tax on foreign income for 10 years.
Who is Roman Abramovich?
- One of Russia's richest people, he bought Chelsea FC in 2003
- He allegedly sold dolls before making his fortune in oil during the perestroikines in the 1990s
- Mr Abramovich was a one-time business associate of late tycoon Boris Berezovky , an employee of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin
- critics say the two businessmen used their Kremlin "family" ties to acquire important state-owned enterprises below market value
- Mr. Abramovich served as governor of the Russian Chukotka region  It is believed that he is close to the current Russian President Vladimir Putin