The Aliyah Process – North America2018-11-15T18:57:10+02:00
THE ALIYAH PROCESS FROM THE USA & CANADA
Nefesh B’Nefesh works in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel to facilitate the Aliyah process through our joint application. The following is an overview of how to submit your application and required documents for Aliyah from North America, and the steps that follow.
6-8 months before your estimated Aliyah date, begin your Aliyah paperwork by completing the application.
In addition to the joint NBN-JAFI application for Aliyah and services, there is an option to apply for financial aid from Nefesh B’Nefesh. Financial aid is awarded based on need, adequacy of Aliyah preparation, and likelihood of success. We can provide a paper application if need be.
You will be asked to upload copies of relevant documents which will be used to both determine your eligibility and your status with the Jewish Agency. Your Nefesh B’Nefesh advisor will be in touch with you throughout the process to ensure you are on the right track!
As part of the Aliyah process, an interview with your local Aliyah Shaliach (a representative of the Jewish Agency for Israel) will be required. You will be asked to present original copies of your documents (see step 1) which will be returned to you during your meeting.
Call the JAFI Global Center from the US at 1-866-835-0430, or from Canada at 1-866-421-8912, when you are ready to book your meeting.
The Jewish Agency for Israel will approve your Aliyah based on the criteria set by the Israeli government. They will let you know directly that you can make Aliyah and will confirm your status based on your family history.
After receiving Jewish Agency approval to make Aliyah, NBN will confirm your approval for services and/or financial aid.
An Aliyah visa is required unless you hold an Israeli passport. The Shaliach from the Jewish Agency who confirms your approval for Aliyah will give you instructions for applying for the visa. It can take two weeks or more for the visa to be issued, depending on the time of year and where you live. We recommend applying 1-2 months before your estimated departure. Once issued, the Aliyah visa is valid for 6 months.
Olim are entitled to a free, one-way, Aliyah flight to Israel from any of the North American EL AL hubs!
Nefesh B’Nefesh offers three different flight options throughout the year: summer Charter flights (the whole plane is making Aliyah and will be welcomed with a ceremony); monthly Groups (a section of the plane is making Aliyah and NBN staff is on-board to help); and Designated flights departing from each hub regularly throughout the year.
Your NBN Aliyah advisor will help you determine your best option!
Arriving in Israel is only the beginning of the Aliyah journey! Dedicated to making each Oleh, and every Aliyah, a success, a full program of workshops, events and personal outreach, helps ensure new arrivals acclimate, integrate and thrive in Israel.
In addition, Nefesh B’Nefesh has recently launched a dynamic online job board (www.nbn.org.il/jobboard) which assists Olim in search of employment by connecting them with Israeli companies seeking quality, English-speaking, employees.
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