On March 24, 2022, in accordance with the Israeli government’s policy to strengthen the Negev and Galil and to encourage Aliyah, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration (Misrad Haklita), approved Directive 411, to offer grants for healthcare professionals and engineers who make Aliyah and work in the Negev or Galil regions.
An Oleh, for the purpose of this grant, includes a new immigrant (Oleh Chadash), a returning minor (Katin Chozer), and an immigrant citizen (Ezrach Oleh). Eligibility to participate in the program is limited to those who meet all the conditions listed below.
- At least one of the heads of the family, is eligible as an Oleh.
- The Oleh is working in one of the following professions: medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical assistance, optometry, orthoptics, clinical genetics, medical lab work, speech pathology, dietician, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dental technician, dental hygiene, nursing, clinical criminology, podiatry, and surgical podiatry; and has an Israeli license to engage in that field of work. Alternatively, is an engineer and has registered as an engineer in Israel, with the Ministry of Economy or the Ministry of Education.
- One of the heads of the family is employed in one of the fields listed above, in the Negev or Galil region.
- The family resides in a city, town, or Yishuv located in the Negev or Galil region.
- Apply no later than December 24, 2022.
- No more than 24 months have passed from the date of receiving Oleh status.
- This benefit applies per person, rather than per household.
- Please see this link (Hebrew only) for a list of towns, cities and Yishuvim considered in the Negev and Galil. Feel free to ask us if you are not sure about a specific place.
How to Apply
- Between June 14, 2022, and December 24, 2022, Olim should apply through The Jewish Agency prior to their Aliyah. Eligible applications will be submitted for approval to Misrad Haklita.
- Olim who are currently in Israel and wish to apply should submit an application through their local Misrad Haklita office.
- The Oleh must present a permit from the authority in which they reside, and a permit from their employer specifying their field of employment.
Amount of Assistance
Physicians: – 50,000 NIS, per family, disbursed in two payments:
- First payment – 25,000 NIS during the second month after settling in the Negev or Galil region.
- Second payment – 25,000 NIS during the 13th month after settling in the Negev or Galil region.
All other professions: 20,000 NIS per family, disbursed in two payments:
- First payment – 10,000 NIS during the second month after settling in the Negev or Galil region.
- Second payment – 10,000 NIS during the 13th month after settling in the Negev or Galil region.
- Participation in the program will be terminated for anyone who leaves Israel, with their family, for more than two months in a row within the first twelve months of their settlement in the Negev or Galil. They will not be required to return the amount paid up to their date of departure.
- Grant disbursement is subject to fund availability.
- Eligible Olim are entitled to the assistance only after receiving written approval from Misrad Haklita.
- Olim who changed their place of residence to a city or town which is not in the Negev and Galil areas, will no longer be eligible for assistance. The assistance will be terminated from the date of their departure. They will not be required to refund the amounts paid to them up to their date of departure.
- If the family moves to another location in the Negev or Galil, they will continue to receive assistance accordingly.
- Temporary residence in the Negev and Galil does not qualify you to participate in this program. This includes residence in absorption centers (Merkaz Haklita) and/or residence within the framework of a Jewish Agency program (i.e., First Home in the Homeland, employment programs, or residence in student dormitories, even if they are in the Negev or Galil).
- Physicians who are graduates of the MASA – Physicians program are not eligible.
- A person who already lives and/or is employed in the Negev or Galil region before June 14, 2022, is not eligible.
*Last updated on June 27, 2022*