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Teudat Zehut – Israeli Identification

2017-11-08T15:27:41+00:00Post Aliyah Government Processing|

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).

How to Get an Israeli Passport as an Unregistered Ezrach Oleh

2018-02-14T11:20:45+00:00Government Services|

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.

General Tax Issues When Making Aliyah from Canada

2018-05-31T13:58:32+00:00Financial Planning, Taxes in Israel & Overseas|

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.

Making Aliyah from the UK – Tax Considerations

2017-03-15T11:02:21+00:00Financial Planning, Taxes in Israel & Overseas|

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.

Private Health Insurance in Israel

2017-03-15T11:40:35+00:00Healthcare & National Insurance|

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.

Understanding Your Customs Benefits

2017-12-24T11:40:20+00:00Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|

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.

VIDEO: Driving in Israel for New Olim

2017-03-15T11:45:53+00:00Driver's License and Cars|

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. Driving in Israel? Be an Educated Driver! Driving class given by Israeli instructor in English

Sal Klita Calculator

2017-07-18T11:29:27+00:00Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|

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.

Wills & Inheritance – Where There’s a Will There’s a Way

2017-08-17T08:51:45+00:00Financial Planning, Life Cycle Events|

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.

Traveler’s Health Insurance

2017-03-15T12:00:35+00:00Healthcare & National Insurance|

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.

Importing a Vehicle

2017-07-10T13:16:37+00:00Driver's License and Cars|

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.

Car Registration Renewal (Rishayon Rechev)

2018-03-25T12:53:06+00:00Driver's License and Cars|

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".

Aliyah Benefits

2017-06-01T09:31:48+00:00Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|

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.

Registering a Baby with the Israeli, U.S., Canadian or U.K. Governments

2018-05-31T14:01:46+00:00Life Cycle Events|

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.

Applying for a New Passport for a Minor at the Israeli Consulate

2017-06-01T08:40:09+00:00Post Aliyah Government Processing, Post Aliyah Guides|

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. 

Lishkat Hata’asuka (Employment Office)

2017-09-12T10:17:52+00:00Employee Compensation, Legal Rights & Benefits, Government Office Locations|

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.

Shlichim in North America and the U.K.

2018-01-15T16:46:12+00:00Applying for Aliyah, Getting Started and Planning Aliyah, Government Office Locations|

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.

Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) Branches

2017-11-19T08:10:04+00:00Government Office Locations, Healthcare & National Insurance|

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.

Misrad Hapnim Branch Locations

2017-11-16T11:33:37+00:00Government Office Locations, Post Aliyah Government Processing, Post Aliyah Travel|

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.

Living in Israel as a Tourist

2017-03-15T13:08:00+00:00Living in Israel Pre-Aliyah|

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.

Applying for Visas

2017-06-26T09:06:02+00:00Living in Israel Pre-Aliyah|

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

Benefits Affected by Previous Stays in Israel

2018-05-31T07:29:59+00:00Determining Aliyah Status, Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|

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.

Overview of Israeli Healthcare System

2017-09-10T15:08:34+00:00Healthcare & National Insurance|

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.

Israeli Trust Law

2017-03-15T14:06:19+00:00Financial Planning, Taxes in Israel & Overseas|

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.

Childhood Vaccinations, Flu Shots

2016-03-23T12:42:53+00:00Healthcare & National Insurance|

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.

Differences Between Katin Chozer & Ezrach Oleh

2017-11-30T16:25:17+00:00Determining Aliyah Status, Government Benefits for Olim Chadashim|

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).

Taxation of New Immigrants Rules in Israel

2018-01-08T11:03:04+00:00Financial Planning, Taxes in Israel & Overseas|

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;