From an article in Ha’aretz:
Religious courts are refusing to approve the conversions of young Ethiopians who want to enroll in secular education facilities. Last week a group of some 40 students who were registered for Jezreel Valley College were told they would not be converted because Shabbat is not observed at the dorms they would be living in.
Absorption officials say the courts’ policy is extremely offensive to these immigrants, who cannot obtain Israeli citizenship until they have conversion certificates. Haaretz has data showing that out of 181 young Ethiopians who have completed preparatory conversion courses since 2005, only one has received a conversion certificate.
Yeshuas Alam, 24, immigrated to Israel in 2003. Along with 11 of his peers Alam studied Judaism, underwent a ceremonial brit, a ritual mikveh immersion and an exam at the special conversion court. Yet two years later, only three have received conversion certificates.
“I applied to the rabbinic courts and the authorities dealing with this matter and received no reply,” Alam says. “I am here out of choice and want to be a loyal citizen, but I have no citizenship.”
Of course, the rabbi quoted in the article sees no problem here and places partial blame on the Ethiopians. Apparently, getting a ceremonial brit, going to lessons, going to a mikveh and spending years pursuing this objective don’t count as good faith efforts to convert.