If you live in Israel and want to make Aliyah but are not eligible for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Guided Aliyah Program, you can make Aliyah directly through Misrad Hapnim and later apply for Nefesh B’Nefesh services.
Schedule an Appointment with Misrad Hapnim
Make an appointment at the closest branch of Misrad Hapnim (Ministry of the Interior). A list of Misrad Hapnim branches, contact numbers, and hours of operation can be found by clicking here.
What to bring with you:
- Foreign passport, valid for at least 6 months following your Aliyah.
- 3 passport pictures for each adult (you will provide one photo to the clerk at the meeting; the rest should be saved for when you return for your follow up appointment).
- Proof of Judaism in order to receive Oleh Chadash status according to the Law of Return. As a proof of Judaism you can bring the following documents:
- An original letter from your Rabbi in your country of origin, on congregational letterhead, stating you were born to a Jewish mother. If you are Jewish through your father, the letter should state that you were born to a Jewish father. If you are Jewish through your grandfather, the letter should detail your Jewish lineage.
- Original conversion papers (if applicable).
- If you converted to Judaism:
- If you converted in Israel, please bring your “Teudat Hamara” from the Rabanut.
- If you converted abroad, you must bring your conversion certificate signed by three members of the Beit Din (Rabbinical Court) along with a letter describing the details of your conversion process and the dates when you started and completed your conversion.
- Original birth certificate for all family members making Aliyah. Both parents’ names must appear on the birth certificate(s). Misrad Hapnim will not accept a Consular Report of Birth Abroad as a birth certificate.
- All civil documentation of your marital status, including: marriage certificate, civil divorce certificate, spouse’s death certificate, if applicable. If you, your spouse, or former spouse is an Israeli citizen, you will need apostille certification on these documents. For further information about obtaining an apostille please click here.
- Police background check — Misrad Hapnim requires that Aliyah applicants obtain a Letter of Good Standing (Teudat Yosher) from the authorities in their country of origin (issued by the national/state/provincial police) certifying that the applicant has no criminal background. Apostille certification (also called a chain of signatures or legalization) must be affixed to the original Letter of Good Standing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Misrad Hapnim requires that you bring ORIGINAL documents. Photocopies and faxes are not sufficient.
What you will receive:
- Application for permit of permanent residence in Israel/change of visa category (3 pages). You can download and print application at: www.moin.gov.il
- A file number and a date for your second appointment (approximately 6-8 weeks later). Your file number will be listed on your passport.
Follow up Appointment at Misrad Hapnim
On the scheduled day, you need to return to Misrad Hapnim for your follow up meeting.
What to bring with you
- Your passport
- All original documents listed above
- Two remaining passport pictures for each adult over 16 years old.
What you will receive
- Your Teudat Zehut (Israeli ID card)
- An “Oleh visa” which will appear in your passport, showing that you have made Aliyah.
- Tamzit Rishum — summary of your status in Israel (you need to ask for this).
- Official entry and exit record (you need to ask for this).
Make sure that your name is spelled correctly, that your family status is correct and if you have children, they all appear on the Sefach (paper addendum) of your Teudat Zahut.
If you want to change your name this is the right time to do so. Ask for Shinui Shem application, fill it out and give it to the clerk.
You will have three months to refuse receipt of your Israeli citizenship. After three months, you will automatically become an Israeli citizen unless you go to Misrad Hapnim and declare that you do not want to be a citizen.
Schedule an Appointment with Misrad Haklita
Once you receive your Teudat Zehut, you should make an appointment at your local branch of Misrad Haklita (the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption) to receive your Teudat Oleh. For a list of Misrad Haklita branches, click here. Please emphasize that you made Aliyah through Misrad Hapnim and not on a flight from abroad.
We recommend opening a bank account prior to your appointment with Misrad Haklita. This will ensure your Sal Klita payments will be deposited directly into your account.
What to bring with you:
- Teudat Zehut
- Passports from your country of origin for the last 7 years
- Bank account number and documentation from your bank regarding your account details
- One passport picture for each adult
You will receive:
- Teudat Oleh Booklet
- Health insurance voucher to register for Kupat Cholim
- Information about your Oleh benefits
If you have been residing in Israel for more than 5 years as a tourist – you will not receive a Teudat oleh.
If you are a Ktin Chozer, Ezrach Oleh or had A1 status before becoming an Oleh – you may be asked to present additional documents. For more information click here and see “Proof of Living Outside of Israel” – clause 7.
If you are a Katin Chozer, Ezrach Oleh or had A/1 status before becoming an Oleh – you may be asked to present additional documents. Please confirm which documents you need when you schedule your appointment.
Nefesh B’Nefesh Application
Once you have completed your Aliyah process, we invite you to apply for the full array of Nefesh B’Nefesh services by filling out a short application along with copies of supporting documents.
Copies of supporting documents needed:
- Passports for all family members
- Teudat Zehut
- Teudat Oleh (and pages 4-5 if making Aliyah with children)
- Picture of all applicants
You can send the application and documents to:
- Fax #: 02-591-6082
- Scan and email to: email@example.com (email cannot exceed 5 MB in size)
Our Guided Aliyah team will be glad to assist you – firstname.lastname@example.org