State's notice in a number of petitions, including HaMoked's, regarding Palestinians involved in family unficiation processes with permanent residents, who have been living in Israel for years with no residency status and pursuant to a temporary military permit alone. In its petitions, HaMoked demanded that the petitioners and others in similar situations be granted residency in Israel. The State announces that these people will be granted temporary residency (A/5 permits), so long as their family unification request was submitted by the end of 2003 and approved, having met the threshold criteria, including proving "center of life" in Israel and a lack of security or criminal blocks. Those who are granted status, and their children, will be granted social rights. In addition, the State announces that people holding A/5 permits will henceforth need to renew them every two years, instead of once a year.