Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion have been successful in their application for a work permit for Israel international Beram Kayal.
The Seagulls signed the 26-year-old midfielder from Scottish side Celtic for an undisclosed fee on Friday.
The permit was granted by a Football Association panel following a hearing on Wednesday morning.
He still needs a government visa from the Home Office and international clearance before he can make his debut.
Kayal, who made 131 appearances during almost five years with Celtic, has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Seagulls.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton believes the Israeli, who has won 26 international caps, will boost his options in midfield.
"He is an experienced international, is a good age and has got a lot of good development in him," he told BBC Sussex.
"For one reason or another he has not played the games he would have liked to over the last season or so.
"He is a player who can play in a couple of different roles in midfield. He will certainly bring something to us."