Pre-Aliyah Checklists

Aliyah Timeline

6-12 Months Before Aliyah

  • Set your target Aliyah date
  • Fill out the Online Aliyah Application by clicking here
  • Attend a pre-Aliyah workshop, event or online webinar. Click here to see our events calendar.
  • Study Hebrew
  • Plan a pilot trip
  • Discuss your Aliyah plans with friends and family

6 Months Before Aliyah

3 Months Before Aliyah

  • If you are an Israeli citizen, make sure you’ve applied for an Israeli passport
  • Start exploring living arrangements

8-10 Weeks Before Aliyah

  • Receive notification from The Jewish Agency Eligibility Department
  • Apply for an Aliyah visa at the Israeli Consulate (takes around one week, longer in the summer)
  • Receive notification letter from Nefesh B’Nefesh
  • Receive flight confirmation from Nefesh B’Nefesh
  • Submit any special flight requests

2 Weeks Before Aliyah

  • Collect original documents to put in your carry-on luggage, including university transcripts or diplomas
  • Confirm transportation to airport
  • Purchase enough prescription and over-the-counter medications for at least one month
  • Confirm that your Israeli address and contact information are on file with Nefesh B’Nefesh
  • Cancel cell phone/phone/Internet/electricity/gas/club memberships
  • Finalize bank arrangements and web-based banking ability

Day of Aliyah

  • If you are joining a Nefesh B’Nefesh flight, your ticket will be waiting for you at the airport
  • Arrive at the airport three hours before your flight time

Upon Arrival in Israel

  • Schedule an appointment with your local branch of Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Immigrant Absorption)
  • Contact your family abroad

Pilot Trip

A pilot trip is a fact-finding pre-Aliyah trip. A pilot trip enables potential Olim to meet with professionals in their field, visit a variety of communities, explore educational options and meet other Olim.

Goals

Research communities and education options; and develop a network for job opportunities.

Timing

Three to twelve months prior to your Aliyah

Bring

  • Transcripts from universities or high school, incl. SAT scores
  • Resume (hard copy/disk on key/email)
  • List of social contacts
  • Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah Checklists

Things to Consider

  • Employment options
  • University options
  • Elementary and high school options
  • Community/housing options – try to spend a weekend in one of your potential communities
  • Whether or not your ATM card works in Israel
  • Price of appliances in Israel vs. abroad (comparison shop)
  • Ulpan options in the community which you choose

Financial Planning

Careful financial planning is an important aspect of the Aliyah process.

  • In preparing a budget for Aliyah, keep in mind that the job search may take six to nine months.
  • Review sample budgets for a single, family or retiree.
  • If you expect to receive money post-Aliyah from abroad, consult with tax accountants in Israel who are familiar with foreign and Israeli tax regulations.
  • You will be receiving Sal Klita, (a monetary gift from the State of Israel). See Sal Klita for disbursement schedules.
  • You will be notified of your eligibility once your Aliyah status has been approved.
  • Where relevant, explore options for loan consolidation.
  • Remember that currency values fluctuate. Be sure you have room in your budget to accommodate these fluctuations, especially if the foreign currency will be an important source of income.

Banking

  • Get your bank to issue an ATM card that works abroad.
  • Debit card/credit card: tell your bank you’re moving abroad so they don’t think the card is stolen. Have a PIN number.
  • Learn how to transfer money to Israel using bank codes and authorization numbers.
  • Cancel multiple credit cards.
  • Explore online banking options.
  • Consider granting power of attorney to a friend, relative or lawyer for your accounts.

Employment

Online Resources

See Employment Resources for articles about how to conduct a job search in Israel, helpful resources for the job seeker and entrepreneur, and detailed information about a wide variety of professions, current licensing procedures and Israeli employment-related laws.

Social Media

Social media helps you connect with professionals internationally and search for job openings in Israel. You can join one of the dozens of Israeli groups to learn about available openings, or you can search for a group in your particular profession.

Job Lists

Useful Sites

Packing a Lift

  • Plan carefully for what you will need in Israel
  • Make sure you have a written quote from the shipper which includes all expenses
  • Consult with friends and relatives as to which items are suitable for use in Israel
  • If you are making Aliyah with children, ask them which items they would like to bring
  • Go shopping at Costco/BJs/Sam’s Club before you pack
  • Put aside items you may need during your first few weeks in Israel and take them with you on your flight
  • While packing, try to label all boxes with their corresponding room within your home in Israel
  • Color code boxes according to room
  • Mark the contents of all boxes which you packed on your own
  • Make lists of the content of each box
  • Measure your lift (wooden crate)
  • Verify that your lift is full (built to size)
  • Label rooms with color coded signs to help out Hebrew speaking movers

Things to Consider

If you have items that are not being shipped to Israel, consider doing the following:

  • Selling items on eBay or Luach.com
  • Having a garage sale
  • Donating items to charity

Note: If the Customs Authority decides to open your shipment at random, you will be liable for the fees related to the unpacking, re-packing and surveying of your belongings.

Pets

Things to Consider

  • To ensure your pets’ smooth Aliyah, you must abide by all rules & regulations outlined by Misrad Hachaklaut (Ministry of Agriculture) & El AL.  For detailed guidelines about bringing your pet(s) to Israel and relevant links to Misrad Hachaklaut & EL AL’s websites, see: Arranging your Pet’s Aliyah
  • Some of the requirements involve obtaining documentation such as health certificates and import licenses (depending on the type and number of pets), administering vaccines, receiving the results of mandatory blood tests and notifying relevant authorities.
  • Your veterinarian must be USDA or CFIA certified in order to complete the health certificate.
  • If you plan to join a Nefesh B’Nefesh group or charter flight, please email pets@nbn.org.il with the following information, so that we may arrange your pets’ reservations with EL AL once your flight is confirmed: Type of pet, weight of pet, weight of kennel and dimensions of kennel (height, length & width).
  • If you are arriving on an individual EL AL flight, please arrange your pets’ reservations directly with EL AL when booking your flight. Please note that US Airways does not allow pets on their flights.
  • In cabin-seating for pets is extremely limited and is not guaranteed. Pets not assigned to the cabin will travel in the pet cargo hold which is temperature regulated.
  • Be aware that the size and number of pets you bring may affect your ability to rent an apartment. Some apartment owners do not allow pets. Pets are not permitted at any of the absorption centers.

Plan Accordingly

  • Start the process 4-6 months in advance and make necessary arrangements to obtain relevant certification, plan for vaccinations/blood tests/exams, and complete all other requirements.
  • Provide NBN or EL AL with your pets’ weight & kennel weight/measurements, and follow up to confirm your pets’ reservations.
  • Budget accordingly! Your veterinarian may charge you for the cost of the official health certificate and for any required exams/tests/vaccines/microchips.  If an import license is needed, Misrad Hachaklaut charges a fee before a license is issued.  In addition, make sure to bring sufficient funds to the airport in order to pay EL AL for your pets’ flight.
  • Make sure you have access to a fax machine 2-3 days prior to your flight’s departure in order to send the required paperwork to the relevant offices in Israel.

Aliyah Tip

Start crate training your pets a few months before your flight. For more information about preparing your pets for the journey, please read Tips for Making Your Pet’s Aliyah a Success.

Aliyah Flight

Documents to Bring on the Flight

  • Birth Certificates
  • Passports
  • Civil Marriage/Divorce/ Death Certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof of Judaism or Conversion Documents (if applicable)
  • Lease for home in Israel
  • Shipping contract and packing list
  • Diplomas/Professional licenses
  • Medical records
  • Dental records
  • Financial records (stock certificates, etc.)

Which Documents Will I Be Asked to Present?

Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of Interior) sometimes requests to see original documents at the time of your Aliyah processing. In the event that Misrad Hapnim officials request to see original documents, and in order to ensure the fastest and most efficient processing, we recommend bringing the following original documents with you on the flight. Here is an explanation of what you may need:

  • Single Oleh: Proof of Judaism, Birth Certificate (please make sure that your parents’ names appear on the Birth Certificate)
  • Divorcee: Proof of Judaism, Birth Certificate, Divorce Certificate
  • Katin Chozer (Born in Israel and left before the age of 14): Birth Certificate, Civil Marriage/Divorce Certificate, plus apostille (if applicable)
  • Ezrach Oleh (Israeli citizen born abroad):Proof of Judaism (required only if mother is NOT Israeli), Birth Certificate, Civil Marriage/Divorce Certificate, plus apostille (if applicable)

Things to Consider

  • If you are an Israeli citizen or held temporary resident (A/1) status in the past, and your marital status has changed since you last resided in Israel, please make sure you have apostille certification on all documents pertaining to any status changes since that time.
  • We recommend that you bring extra passport photos with you. You never know when you might need them!