Aliyah Benefits

The following is a listing of Oleh Rights and Benefits provided to new Israeli citizens by the Israeli Government. Please note that each of these benefits is valid for a limited time period.
Sal Klita (Absorption Basket)

Description
Financial assistance provided by Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Immigrant Absorption). You receive an initial cash payment at Ben Gurion Airport, followed by an additional wire transfer after you give Misrad Haklita your bank details. You will receive six monthly installments of Sal Klita, all of which will be transferred directly into your Israeli bank account. 

Singles receive approximately 18,412 NIS. A family of five receives between 56,800 and 67,777, depending on the ages of the children.


Timetable
Paid out over the first six months after Aliyah, between the 1st and 15th of each month. If an Oleh leaves Israel during the first six months (regardless of reason), payments are stopped. The payments can easily be restarted by visiting Misrad Haklita. If an Oleh returns to Israel 13 months or more after Aliyah, payments are discontinued.
To review exact sums, see: Sal Klita Calculator


Notes:
This assistance is granted only to those who spent less than 24 months in Israel (consecutive or cumulative) during the three years prior to making Aliyah; or no longer than three years in Israel, during the seven years prior to making Aliyah. For a Katin Chozer this assistance is granted only to those who have spent less than one year in Israel prior to Aliyah.

If you are a Ktin Chozer or a former A-1 temoorary resident you will not receive your first payment at the airport, instead you will receive both initial payments via wire transfer after being issued a Teudat Oleh or a Teudat Zakaut at your local Misrad Haklita.

Rent Subsidy

Description
A single Oleh (2nd to 4th year after Aliyah) receives 223 NIS/month. In the 5th year, the subsidy will be 89 NIS/month. An Oleh family receives 402 NIS/month in the 2nd year, 322 NIS/month in the 3rd year, 223 NIS/month in the 4th year and 99 NIS/month in the 5th year.


Timetable
Begins automatically 13 months after Aliyah.
See: Rental Assistance

Health Coverage

Description
Full coverage in any Kupat Cholim (Health Fund); free coverage for those who are unemployed. For an Oleh who is working, the health insurance payments are deducted directly from the Oleh’s salary.


Timetable
First 12 months after Aliyah.
See: Healthcare


Notes

If you are a former A-1 temporary resident, this benefit does not apply and you will need to start paying Bituach Leumi payments upon Aliyah. 

Ulpan

Description
Free Hebrew Ulpan course, available in many locations around Israel. The address that appears on an Oleh’s Teudat Zehut dictates the location of that individual’s Ulpan.


Timetable
Olim must apply within the first 18 months after your Aliyah. A standard Ulpan course lasts for 5 months (5 days a week, 5 hours a day).
See: Hebrew Ulpan

Customs Benefits

Description
Olim are allowed to bring appliances and household goods from ANY COUNTRY tax-free.


Timetable
Olim can import appliances tax-free for up to three years after Aliyah, and may bring up to three shipments of imported goods.

Extensions are granted for military service, full time study, or if you have left Israel for more than six consecutive months.


Notes
If you are a Katin Chozer, Ezrach Oleh or a former A-1 temporary resident, your final status will be clarified only after opening a file with Meches (the Customs Authority). You will need to provide Meches with all documents that you previously provided to your Aliyah Shaliach. It is recommended not to ship a container from abroad before there is a final decision about your status.

Customs Benefits for a Car Purchased or Imported
Description
Olim pay a reduced tax rate on the purchase of a new car in Israel or the import of a car from abroad. In order to be eligible for the tax reduction, Olim must hold a valid foreign driver's license that was issued at least three months prior to the date of Aliyah. A valid Israeli driver's license is also required. The benefit is valid only for a new car or "Passport to Passport" purchase. Importing a car is a detailed process that should only be pursued following thorough research regarding the costs and benefits. 

Timetable
Available up to 3 years after Aliyah.
See:Buying a Car in Israel and Importing a Car

Maximum Sum of Money Olim Can Bring to Israel
Description
The maximum amount of cash that an Oleh can bring into Israel is 1,125,000 NIS (combined sum in the reporting person's possession). From this sum and above, you will need to report to customs by filling out a form that is available online at: http://ozar.mof.gov.il/customs/forms/84eng.pdf. Please see the Israel Tax Authority website for details. (In the Information Guides section, see the Customs Guide for Oleh and Foreign Resident.)
Timetable
Applicable only for the Aliyah flight. Please speak with a qualified accountant for further details.
Israeli Income Tax Break
Description
Discounted income tax payments on income earned in Israel. The income tax reduction works on a point system, where one point is equal to 218 NIS. New Olim receive three points per month (654 NIS) during the first 18 months after Aliyah, two points over the next 12 months, and one point during the last 12 months. Once you begin to work, advise your employer that you are an Oleh, so that you receive this benefit.
Timetable
Olim are eligible for the tax reduction on income earned in Israel over the first 3.5 years after Aliyah. If you begin university studies or army service during the first 18 months after your Aliyah, you may submit a request to the Income Tax Authority to freeze your benefits for the duration of your studies or army service (the benefits can be frozen for a period not exceeding 42 months from your date of Aliyah).

Foreign Income Tax Break
Description
Tax breaks on passive and active income earned overseas.


Timetable
Olim are eligible for tax breaks on passive and active income earned overseas for 10 years after Aliyah. Please check with an accountant to confirm eligibility; there may be some restrictions based on residency for those who have lived in Israel for an extended time period, prior to Aliyah. 
For more information, please consult with an accountant. See: Tax Benefits on Income Earned Abroad
Arnona (Reduced Municipal Tax)
Description
All cities and towns in Israel charge Arnona (property tax), whether you are renting or own your own property. Olim are customarily granted a discount of 70 - 90% (for up to 100 sqm.) on Arnona payments.

Timetable
Available for Olim to use during one of the first two years after Aliyah, for one 12-month period.
See: Arnona


Notes
Ktinim Chozrim are currently not eligible for this benefit.

Mortgage Discount
Description
Low interest rates, compared to other market rates, for up to about 150,000 NIS. Olim need to obtain a Teudat Zakaut (Certificate of Eligibility), which is issued by the Ministry of Housing through the mortgage banks.
Timetable
Granted up to 15 years after Aliyah. This benefit is only granted for the purchase of a first home in Israel.
See:Mortgage and Purchase Tax Benefits
Free One-Way Ticket to Israel
Description
Only available when making Aliyah from abroad. Only economy class can be flown. The Aliyah flights are funded by The Jewish Agency for Israel. Nefesh B’Nefesh recommends that Olim join a Nefesh B'Nefesh group or charter flight. However, individuals who would like to fly without a group can contact our toll free number at 1-866-4-ALIYAH to reserve a flight.
Timetable
Only for the Aliyah flight. Olim who pay for their own tickets are not eligible for a refund for the cost of the flight.
Free Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport
Description
Olim receive a free taxi to their destination.
Timetable
One time only - for the Aliyah flight.
University Tuition Break
Description
Candidates up to the age of 23 can receive assistance for Mechina (preparatory year course). Candidates up to the age of 27 can receive assistance for a BA and candidates up to the age of 30 can receive assistance for an MA.
Student Benefits are provided by the Student Authority. Students who are studying for an MA may be eligible for a subsidy covering up to a year of Hashlamot (prerequisite classes), in addition to assistance with the cost of the degree. Students who choose to study in a one year MA program are eligible to receive two years of assistance to use towards the cost of their studies.
Timetable
Must start studies within 3 years after Aliyah and within the proper time frame given the student's age. For example, if you make Aliyah at age 26, you will have one year to start your BA studies, as the benefit is only granted to students up to the age of 27. A student must study at an institution of higher education recognized by the Student Authority.
See: Student Aliyah
See: Higher Education in Israel