Every Israeli adult is issued a Teudat Zehut (Israeli personal identification) upon turning 16. This document is made up of two parts - a card with personal information about the cardholder and a paper addendum (Sefach) which contains the personal information (name and ID numbers) of their immediate family members (spouse and children).
If you have at least one Israeli parent you are required to have an Israeli passport. This is true even if you were born outside of Israel and never resided in Israel as a minor. You may qualify as having “Ezrach Oleh” status and have similar Aliyah benefits to a new immigrant (Oleh Chadash). An Ezrach Oleh is required to have an Israeli passport for Aliyah approval at their interview with the Jewish Agency in order to obtain Aliyah approval. This article outlines the instructions for those born to an Israeli parent abroad and have never been registered as an Israeli and never held an Israeli passport to issue an Israeli passport.
Becoming a non-resident of Canada will generally not affect your citizenship status in Canada. Canada does not typically ask people who become non-residents to give up their citizenship. However, your change in residency status will significantly change the manner in which you are taxed by Canada. How? For starters, Canadian residents are taxed on their worldwide income while non-residents are taxed only on their Canadian-source income.
Welcome to Israel! Making Aliyah can be a daunting prospect, and all the more so when you're entering a new tax regime, i.e. that of Israel.
This article is to help you consider some of the issues from the UK point of view, although we will touch on some of the Israeli aspects. It goes without saying that bespoke advice should be taken for each individual circumstance.
For one living in Israel and wanting top quality medical care, it is usually unnecessary to travel abroad to receive it, as Israel is a country where advanced medical care is available. In fact, Israel does a lively business catering to the medical needs of wealthy foreigners who choose to come here to receive high quality medical care.
The Customs Authority provides discounts or exemption of taxes on shipping household, vehicle purchase and import of business equipment. The Customs regulations are subject to the law; therefore there is less flexibility in special cases. Nevertheless, one can always appeal a decision made by the customs.
For many Olim, obtaining an Israeli driver’s license and purchasing a car are significant milestones in the absorption process. The following articles walk you through the process of obtaining a license, offer you comprehensive information about purchasing or shipping a car, and cover other issues related to driving in Israel.
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All cities and towns in Israel charge Arnona (property tax). Olim are customarily granted a discount of 70-90% on the Arnona payments (for up to 100 sqm.) and are usually entitled to take advantage of this discount during one of the first two years after Aliyah, i.e., for one 12-month period.
The Sal Klita calculator allows you to determine exactly how much money you will be receiving as part of your Sal Klita. This calculator does not cover all possible scenarios; the amount of your Sal Klita is related to your Aliyah status, as determined by The Jewish Agency for Israel. Please be in touch with your Shaliach for further details.
What arrangements can be made in a Will? Does it matter if you already have a will that you executed abroad? What happens if you don’t have a will? Learn about Israeli laws regarding to wills and inheritance.
While the health plans cover your health needs while physically in Israel, this coverage does not extend to visits abroad. In light of this, it is important to purchase traveler's insurance for short and long visits outside of Israel, to cover routine and emergency medical care for yourself and your children.
Transfer of ownership is a critical stage in the purchase of a used vehicle. Pay attention and carefully check the vehicle license to make sure that every detail matches the vehicle you are buying, and that the seller is indeed the owner of the vehicle.
The Motor Vehicle Division of Misrad Hatachbura (Ministry of Transportation) permits Olim to import motor vehicles for personal use, in accordance with their regulations and procedures.
Importing a vehicle is complex, however by doing the necessary research and learning the rules and limitations involved in the process, importing may be worthwhile.
Vehicle Registration (licenses) are renewed annually. On receipt of your new vehicle license and before your current license expires, you must first pay the license renewal fee and then take the vehicle to an authorized Vehicle Inspection Station for a road worthiness test, colloquially known in Hebrew as the "Test".
The Israeli Government offers a wide range of Zechuyot - financial benefits designed to help new Olim with expenses such as health insurance, Hebrew studies, education, housing, customs tax and more. Zechuyot are valid for a limited time period; and individuals with an Israeli background may not be eligible. Read the articles below for more information about your Zechuyot and how best to utilize them.
Open a marriage file ("tik nissuin") at your local religious council anytime between 90 and 21 days before the wedding. If you previously opened a marriage file with another partner, you must first cancel the earlier file at the religious council where it was opened before opening a new file.
There are a number of steps involved in registering your newborn with the necessary Israeli government offices. You also have the opportunity to register your newborn as a citizen of your country of origin. This guide will outline the steps and explain what you need in order to complete each step.
Please follow the steps below if your child is already registered as an Israeli citizen. If your child is not yet registered as an Israeli citizen, you will first need to register them as Israeli and then apply for their Israeli passport.
Bituach Leumi (The National Insurance Institute of Israel) is the body responsible for the payment of various pensions and allowances to those who are insured and eligible under the National Insurance Law.
As part of the process of converting a foreign driver's licence, Olim will need to pay a visit to their local Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Misrad Harishui). Below you will find the list of Misrad Harishui branches.
The role of the Employment Office (Lishkat Hata'asuka) is to help you find suitable employment. You must register with your local Lishkat Hataasuka before filing a claim with Bituach Leumi. A list of branches can be found below.
The Aliyah Shaliach is a representative of The Jewish Agency for Israel who is responsible for validating your Aliyah documents and meeting with you. You can make an appointment to speak with the Shaliachdirectly, as per the listing below.
Israel's National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) provides a wide range of services including pensions, health insurance, unemployment payments, and more. Please see below for a list of Bituach Leumi offices.
Israel's Ministry of the Interior (Misrad Hapnim) is responsible for citizenship, identification cards, travel documents, birth certificates and visas. Please see below for a list of Misrad Hapnim offices.
Disclaimer: The article offers general information about living in Israel prior to making Aliyah. Nefesh B’Nefesh does not schedule appointments for visa renewals and is unable to facilitate the procedures mentioned herein. For more information regarding bureaucratic procedures, benefits, and the various implications of living in Israel as a tourist, please refer to the relevant Israeli government offices.
There are several visa options available for those who wish to try out Israel before making the commitment of Aliyah. All of the visas listed below are issued by Misrad Hapnim (the Ministry of Interior) in Israel. Additionally, student and temporary resident visas may be issued abroad through the Israeli Consulate. Anyone wishing to issue a temporary resident visa from abroad should contact The Jewish Agency for Israel
If you've spent extended time in Israel prior to making Aliyah, certain benefits may be affected. Different government offices have their own policies regarding these situations, and consequently the implications vary depending on the benefit in question.
A Mishpachat Olim is a family where one spouse is a new Oleh, Katin Chozer (returning minor) or Ezrach Oleh (Oleh citizen) and the other spouse is a Toshav Chozer, or returning Israeli citizen. In order to qualify as a Mishpachat Olim
Toshavim Chozrim who lived abroad for over 6 years, and were not employed by an Israeli company during the last 5 years, may import or purchase a car at a reduced tax rate, with the following restrictions
Anyone who made Aliyah in the past or held an A/1 Temporary Resident visa, left the country, and is now considering moving back to Israel.
Anyone who made Aliyah previously and didn't use all of their Aliyah benefits as Olim (including the Oleh mortgage).
Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) offers a monthly stipend to all Israeli citizens based on the number of children under age 18 in their family. You are eligible for this benefit immediately following your Aliyah.
Misrad Hashikun (Ministry of Housing) offers Olim Chadashim rental assistance beginning from the 13th month after Aliyah. During the first year of Aliyah, rental assistance is distributed through Sal Klita (the Absorption Basket).
If you have children ages 17 to 21 who make Aliyah within 12 months of your own Aliyah (either before or after), they will be considered "Ben Olim." This means that they will be listed on your family's Teudat Oleh (Oleh booklet) and they will have limited Oleh benefits.
Every resident of Israel is insured for healthcare under the National Health Insurance Law, through payment of monthly premiums to the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi). New Olim, Ktinim Chozrim and Ezrachim Olim are entitled to up to one year of free health insurance for the basic level of coverage, if they are not working.
Caring for an elderly or frail family member can be challenging, demanding and often requires around the clock supervision. The care required can often become too much for family members to handle, and it is at this junction that other care options need to be evaluated.
What is a Trust? Someone (Grantor/Settlor) can create a trust by signing a trust deed in which he transfers legal title of his assets to a trustee, whom he designates in the trust deed. The trustee, while having legal title to the assets, has no beneficial entitlement from the assets. The trust deed names beneficiaries, who do not have legal title to the assets, but are able to enjoy the income and the assets in accordance with the terms and conditions under the trust deed.
The Israeli Ministry of Health (Misrad Habriut) is responsible for the country's healthcare services. They oversee medical licensing, the health plans (Kupot Holim), family health centers (Tipat Halav), and more. Please see below for a list of Misrad Habriut branches.
According to Misrad Hachinuch (Ministry of Education),Israel currently has 200-300 children with serious food allergies studying in the elementary school system. The most common food allergies among Israeli children are milk, eggs, peanuts, soy, sesame, walnuts and fish.
Four health plans, or Kupot Cholim, provide health care services in Israel: Maccabi, Meuhedet, Clalit and Leumit. Each health plan offers several levels of service: the basic basket of services, supplemental insurance and long-term care insurance. Contact information may be found below.
If you are unsatisfied with your Kupat Cholim (Health Plan) or feel that you can be better serviced by a different Kupah, you may switch to a new Kupah at any time, provided that you have been a member of your current Kupah for at least six months.
Tipat Chalav is a system of clinics that provide community public health services, primarily to infants and toddlers (well-baby clinics). The Tipot Chalav are administered by district health offices (Lishkat Briut Ezorit) and are staffed mainly by public health nurses. Additional staff include physicians, dieticians, health consultants and social workers.
Childhood Chisunim are given at Tipat Chalav (well-baby clinics) and in school. If your child is born in Israel, you will receive a Pinkas Chisunim (vaccination booklet) when the baby is born, before you leave the hospital. If your child is born abroad, a Pinkas Chisunim will be issued at your first Tipat Chalav visit.
If you have an Israeli background, it is important to establish your Aliyah status and benefits. Who is a Katin Chozer (Returning Minor)?
-An Israeli citizen who left Israel before the age of 14 with at least one parent. (In the case of divorce, the applicant will need to provide proof that he/she left the country legally with one of their parents).
New immigrants and returning citizens are entitled to various benefits granted by the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance. These benefits were extended in 2008 in commemoration of Israel's 60th anniversary to try further to provide incentives for Jews to make Aliyah. A returning citizen is someone who has either resided overseas for at least 10 years;
Israel’s National Transplant and Organ Donation Center, Adi maintains a computerized database of Israeli citizens who have stated that they are willing to donate their organs to be used in organ transplants, in the case of death.
While dental care in Israel is not included in the basic Israeli health insurance plans (Kupot Cholim), the costs are significantly lower than they are in the U.S. Supplemental insurance plans (available through the Kupot) often cover some free treatments and/or discounts on dental care, including one free checkup with x-rays per year.
B’Shaah Tovah! Knowing what to do when you’re pregnant (especially for the first time) can be a daunting task. When you compound this with being an Olah in a new country where the language may be a barrier, figuring out how to obtain the necessary care can be especially challenging.
The steps below will guide you through your first few weeks after Aliyah. You will find a list of what to expect, which offices to visit, and which documents to bring as you obtain your Israeli documentation and begin your life in Israel.
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