Benefits Affected by Previous Stays in Israel

|, Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|Benefits Affected by Previous Stays in 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.

Some government offices will not issue confirmation of your eligibility for benefits until after you’ve made Aliyah.

The time periods spent in Israel are cumulative. Any visit to Israel, irrespective of its length, is added to the calculation. The only exceptions are time served in the IDF or Sherut Leumi prior to your Aliyah, and up to 12 months spent in Israel on a MASA program will not be included in these calculations.

The following table does NOT apply to Ezrachim Olim and Ktinim Chozrim.

Note: This 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. Nefesh B’Nefesh does not take responsibility for inaccuracies on the site or changes to the law.

Rights

Olim who spent more than 5 years in Israel (total) in the 7 years prior to receiving Oleh Status

Olim who spent more than 3 years in Israel(total)during the 7 years prior to receiving Oleh Status

Olim who spent more than 24 months in Israel (total)  during the 3 years prior to receiving Oleh Status

Period of Eligibility

Sal Klita

Not Eligible

Not Eligible

Not Eligible

Six monthly payments after making Aliyah

Health Care

Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Free healthcare (if not employed) for the first 12 months

Ulpan

Not Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Free Ulpan for 5 months, available during the first 18 months after Aliyah

Rent Subsidy

Not Eligible

Case by Case

Eligible for 2 years of rent subsidy.

The benefit begins 13 months after Aliyah.

Eligible

4 years of rental subsidy, beginning 13 months after Aliyah.

Mortgage

Not Eligible

Should refer to Misrad Haklita

Case by Case

The Oleh mortgage is limited, and granted for 3 years after making Aliyah.

Eligible

For Olim making Aliyah after January 1997, eligibility is for 10 years after making Aliyah.

Income Tax Reduction

Eligible

Has to present:

1.”Tamzit Rishum from Mirsham Hauchlisin” provided by Misrad Hapnim.

2. Passport with stamped Aliyah visa

Eligible

Eligible

Up to 42 months after making Aliyah.

Customs Benefits

Eligible

1. Should get a letter from Misrad Haklita

2. Tamzit Rishum

Eligible

Eligible

Up to 3 years after making Aliyah.

Arnona

Not Eligible

Eligible

Eligible

Reduction in municipal taxes is available for one of the first two years after Aliyah.

Free BA or MA if studying at an institution recognized by the Student Authority

Not Eligible

Eligibility for free tuition for one year only. Length of eligibility depends on the time spent in Israel before making Aliyah.

Case by Case

For example: If you spent 4 years in Israel before Aliyah, you will have to start studying within a year (maximum a stay of 5 years in Israel)

Eligible

Up to 3 years after Aliyah and within the required age limit.