This article was updated on December 22, 2020.
The Israeli Ministry of the Interior (Misrad Hapnim) has recently decided a criminal background check is required for all Aliyah applicants. Following you will find resources and information to help clarify the steps for acquiring this document.
Authenticated criminal background checks are required for all Olim regardless of where they are making Aliyah from
- This includes all US and Canadian Olim ages 14 and up
- Background checks are valid for only 6 months from their issue date. Please plan accordingly based on your Aliyah date so that the check will still be valid upon arrival.
- Olim must present a background check for every country they lived in from the age of 14 for a year or more
- Olim with Israeli background making Aliyah from abroad (Ezrachim Olim and Ktinim Chozrim) may be required to present a background check. This requirement is subject to change. Please check with your NBN Aliyah Advisor about the most up to date requirements if you fall into this category.
- Should you need information about obtaining police background checks from other countries other than the U.S. or Canada, you can search online or speak to your Aliyah advisor for additional assistance.
This is not required of Israeli passport holders who are in Israel and go directly to Misrad Hapnim and Misrad Haklita to complete their Aliyah.
US applicants need to submit an FBI background check with a federal apostille (issued in Washington DC). There are two options for acquiring the background check in the US:
You can acquire the background check directly form the FBI or by using a channeling company.
Directly with the FBI – No apostille requirement pilot by the Jewish Agency
Step 1: Go to https://www.edo.cjis.gov to start the application process. Carefully follow the instructions found in the “Obtaining Your Identity History Summary” section. You will receive a personal login code. Be sure to keep this code. You will need it throughout the process.
Step 2: Submit the request electronically to the FBI, pay the associated fees and then visit one of these specific U.S. Post Office branches nationwide to provide fingerprints. Additional fees at the Post Office may apply.
Step 3: After submitting the fingerprints, you will receive an email from the FBI notifying you that your report is ready. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE REPORT. Instead, forward the link and the personal login information (which you received when submitting the application) to the Jewish Agency at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Jewish Agency will download the certificate and attach it to your Aliyah file. They will also send you a confirmation email along with a copy of the report attached to the email. Please print the background check they send you and have it on hand with your other original documents needed for Aliyah.
NOTE: If you download the report yourself, the Jewish Agency will not be able to get a copy of the certificate directly, and you will need to obtain a federal apostille on the report, which can take up to 10-12 weeks to obtain, in order to receive approval for Aliyah. Any report which contains information pertaining to any kind of criminal background will also require an apostille.
Using a channeling company – Apostille required
- You can find a local channeling company by searching Google for “FBI Channeler + your local zipcode.”
- A list of approved channeling companies can be found here.
- Once you have the background check, which you will receive in digital PDF format 24-48 hours after you submit your fingerprints, you will then need to get an apostille attached to it.
- The PDF background check is recognized as original and can be sent via email to the Office of Authentications or any apostille agency to attach an apostille.
- At the moment, it takes up to twelve weeks to get an apostille from the Federal Government. Using an apostille service will not make the process faster and is considerably more expensive.
- Click here to learn how to request an apostille by mail directly from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Authentications.