Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Guided Aliyah program allows citizens of the US, Canada, and the UK currently residing in Israel the opportunity to make Aliyah through Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of the Interior), while receiving the full array of Nefesh B’Nefesh services. These services include assisted government processing, financial aid and post Aliyah assistance. The Guided Aliyah application includes all of the necessary Aliyah documents for Misrad Hapnim, so that Olim can complete their paperwork for citizenship from the comfort of their own homes. Following the receipt of your application, Nefesh B’Nefesh facilitates the processing of these documents to ensure a hassle-free Aliyah.
Guided Aliyah Timetable: Aliyah meetings typically take place at the end of each month. Applications must be submitted by the previous month in order to complete processing in time.
After you submit your completed application, your file will be submitted to Misrad Hapnim by our office. It will take up to 10 weeks until your file is approved by Misrad Hapnim, at which point you will be called into the Nefesh B’Nefesh office in Jerusalem to meet with a representative from Misrad Hapnim. We ask that you make every effort to attend this meeting as scheduled (Misrad Hapnim comes to our office as a courtesy) and bring all of your original documents with you at that time.
Please ensure that all family members ages 16 and over who are making Aliyah are present at this time.
Misrad Hapnim will ask that you provide them with your foreign passport (US, Canadian, or UK) at your meeting in order to process the Oleh visa that will be placed inside. Your passport will be returned to you along with your Teudat Zehut (Israeli ID card) approximately 10 days after your meeting.
Our office will notify you when your Teudat Zehut is ready for pick-up.
Eligibility for Guided Aliyah
Before applying for Guided Aliyah, please read the following guidelines to confirm that you are eligible to participate in the program.
- Applicants must be citizens of the United States, Canada or the UK and hold valid passports from one of these three countries.
Misrad Hapnim guidelines dictate that you CANNOT be processed through the Guided Aliyah program if you fit into one of the following categories:
- Hold an Israeli passport or were born abroad to an Israeli parent
- Converted to Judaism in Israel
- Hold a birth certificate from the former Soviet Union or Eastern Bloc
- Renounced Israeli citizenship at any time in the past
- Previously have been convicted of a crime
If you are not eligible for the Guided Aliyah Program, you can still apply for Nefesh B’Nefesh financial assistance and services. However, you will need to complete the Aliyah process directly through Misrad Hapnim. Please download and submit a Post Aliyah Services short form and contact your local branch of Misrad Hapnim to schedule an appointment to begin the Aliyah process. Please be in touch with Nefesh B’Nefesh in parallel to the Misrad Hapnim process.
- If you converted to Judaism in North America or the UK: Misrad Hapnim policy requires residence in the community in which you converted for a period of at least one year post-conversion, before being eligible to make Aliyah.
- If you are applying for Aliyah with a newborn child recently born in Israel (who was not registered as an Israeli citizen at the time of their birth) you will have to have a US, Canadian or UK passport issued for that child before submitting your application.
- If your spouse is an Israeli citizen, and you have children born abroad, please contact our Department of Government Advocacy in order to clarify whether or not your children are considered Israeli citizens and to determine if they are eligible to participate in the Guided Aliyah program.
Note for individuals over the age of 65: If you make Aliyah through the Guided Aliyah program, you will not have Israeli medical insurance during the time between your arrival in Israel and receiving approval for your Aliyah. Private insurance companies in Israel generally do not accept individuals over the age of 65 or people with pre-existing medical conditions. It is important to verify whether you can arrange to continue your U.S./Canada/U.K. medical insurance during this period. If not, it is recommended that you complete the Aliyah process from overseas (rather than through the Guided Aliyah program after you arrive in Israel).
If you have any questions regarding the application deadline, please contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 02-659-5820.
Citizens of North America
Citizens of the United Kingdom