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.
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.
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
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.
Misrad Hapnim: Refer to Misrad Hapnim in your area to register as a married couple. You will need to present your civil marriage certificate with Apostil certification
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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).