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.
Some government offices will not issue a confirmation of your eligibility for benefits until after you’ve made Aliyah.
The time periods spent in Israel are cumulative. Any visit to Israel, irrespective of its length, is added to the calculation. The only exceptions are time served in the IDF or Sherut Leumi prior to your Aliyah, and up to 12 months spent in Israel on a MASA program will not be included in these calculations.
For all the benefits mentioned below EXCEPT Sal Klita: Anyone who studied in a recognized institute in Israel, their time in university is NOT counted as a previous stay (up to 3 years) in Israel. In addition, anyone who studied in a recognized institute in Israel has ONE additional year following their time in university to stay in Israel without it counting as a previous stay in Israel, as long as this year is spent on an approved program as mentioned above. This is up to a total of four years and not a day longer. This does not apply to Ezrachim Olim and Ktinim Chozrim.
Overstaying beyond the above approved stays will result in the whole accumulated time being counted as previous stays, and will be held against you in calculating your eligibility for Aliyah benefits.
The only exception to this is time spent at an approved MASA program and serving in the IDF or Sherut Leumi as mentioned above.
The following table does NOT apply to Ktinim Chozrim.