Your First Steps After Making AliyahYonah Friedman2024-02-19T17:03:38+02:00
So you’ve just made Aliyah.
Here are your next steps.
Your Aliyah doesn’t stop after you step off the plane – your first weeks of being an Israeli citizen are critical to finalizing your Aliyah process. On this page, we will walk you through everything you need to know to make sure you have as smooth a landing as possible.
Teudat Oleh (Oleh booklet) from Misrad Haklita (Ministry of Aliyah and Integration). A Teudat Zakaut (Benefits Booklet) will be issued to someone with an Ezrach Oleh or Katin Chozer status.
Temporary Teudat Zehut (Israeli ID Card) – this will contain a Sefach (addendum) listing your address in Israel and the ID numbers of your immediate family. This TZ is valid for three months and needs to be replaced, for free, with a biometric TZ which can be obtained by appointment at any Misrad Hapnim.
Health care registration form: New Olim are signed up and registered for Kupat Cholim at the airport. If you are a previous A-1 Temporary Resident, see Step 4 below.
If you are an Ezrach Oleh or a Katin Chozer, you may be eligible for healthcare registration into the computer system. Where eligible you will receive a healthcare registration form.
First cash payment of Sal Klita (Absorption Basket) to those who are eligible.
“Note of Future Bank Account” to be stamped by your Israeli bank when you open an account to then be shown to your local Misrad Haklita. See Step 2, Bank Account. For more information, click here.
Israeli SIM card with 5,000 minutes, 10 GB internet package. The plan expires after 6 months. You have the option of keeping your number provided by Telzar – 019 for Olim Chadashim. Call 055-300-0019 to speak to customer service.
If you are a previous A-1 Temporary Resident or an Oleh B’Sheinit – your Teudat Oleh /Zakaut will not be issued at the airport and you will not receive your first Sal Klita payment, form for bank, healthcare registration or SIM card. Please make sure to set up an appointment with your local branch of Misrad Haklita to receive the Teudat Oleh / Zakaut and healthcare registration.
If you are a Mishpachat Olim, the spouse who is not a Returning Resident may, if eligible (see above) receive their Teudat Oleh / Zakaut upon arrival at the airport, as well as the first installment of Sal Klita for himself / herself and for the children.
Below is a checklist – with a detailed explanation – of six important steps you need to take after making Aliyah.
Biometric Teudat Zehut
Biometric Teudat Zehut
Obtaining your Teudat Zehut, Israeli ID card is one of your most important steps to complete upon your arrival. If you received your temporary Teudat Zehut at the airport, this appointment will be for your permanent biometric Teudat Zehut. If you did not receive this document at the airport then you will apply for both your temporary and biometric Teudat Zehut at the same time. Appointments can be made with the Population and Immigration Authority division of the Misrad Hapnim at govisit.gov.il. This site has an English option. A separate appointment must be made for each individual over the age of 16 applying for a Teudat Zehut. We encourage everyone, even those who received a temporary Teudat Zehut at the airport to book an appointment soon after your arrival as appointments are not always easily available. An appointment can be made in a different city from where you reside. You will need your Mispar Zehut (found in your Teudat Oleh, Israeli passport, or Teudat Zakaut) Teudat Zehut, and Israeli cellphone number (preferably one that receives texts) to make an appointment.
Considering a name change? This will now require you to change your name on your US documentation! Please see here.
If a temporary Teudat Zehut was not issued upon arrival you will need:
Original birth certificate with Apostille Original marital status certificate(s) if relevant with Apostille Original Proof of Judaism (the same document brought to your Jewish Agency interview) Any other documentation presented to the Jewish Agency abroad. Valid foreign passport 2 passport pictures for each family member receiving a Teudat Zehut All paperwork received at Ben Gurion Airport There is NO FEE for your FIRST biometric Teudat Zehut * Copies of all documents are needed in addition to originals for for this appointment. * If you received your temporary Teudat Zehut at the airport, we encourage you to present your original documentation when applying for your biometric Teudat Zehut. You will need to present your temporary Teudat Zehut.
WHAT YOU GET:
Temporary Teudat Zehut Application confirmation with instructions for tracking, delivery, and activating your biometric Teudat Zehut
In order to open a bank account, both spouses (if applicable) must be present. If you are married, you must open a joint account in order to receive Sal Klita payments as a family; both spouses must be present to open the joint account.
If you have an Israeli bank account, it must be updated with a Mispar Zehut and Teudat Oleh / Teudat Zakaut.
Many banks require you to make an appointment to open a new account
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR JOINT BANK ACCOUNT HOLDERS Holders of a joint bank account can sign a form at the bank entitled Tofes Arichut Yamim. This form will enable each spouse to have continued access to the bank account in the event that the other passes away. If this form has not been signed prior to the death of the other, the account will remain frozen until a will of inheritance has been settled or probated. We encourage everyone to ensure that this form has been signed
A NOTE ABOUT BANKING IN ISRAEL:
Your bank of choice may insist on opening an Oleh account at a specific branch.
More and more banks are becoming cashless.
A transaction fee is charged for every action taken in the bank or Kaspomat machine (ATM).
There are three ways to transfer foreign funds: bank, money changer, transaction company. Research the best and safest way to transfer foreign funds.
All banks offer online banking and services.
Always inquire if there are discounts available for new Olim.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Teudat Oleh / Teudat Zakaut (Teudat Oleh holders are often able to open an account without a Teudat Zehut within 30 days of arrival. A Teudat Zakaut holder must have a Teudat Zehut to open an account) Teudat Zehut Passport (from country of origin) NIS cash or check to make a deposit into your new account Note of Future Bank Account which was received at the airport US citizens will be requested to provide their Social Security number* and complete a W-9 form (*Some banks may request to see the physical card)
WHAT YOU GET:
Bank account information Instructions for online banking Note of Future Bank Account gets stamped; retain this paperwork for Misrad Haklita Deposit receipt proving you have activated the account for Misrad Haklita
HELPFUL HINT: Living Financially Smarter in Israel is an excellent website and FB group for guidance and information on banking in Israel. For more information, visit www.rifkalebowitz.com
Email or call your local branch of Misrad Haklita to schedule an appointment with a personal Klita counselor. See page 11. Only one appointment per family is necessary. Where relevant, both spouses must be present for this meeting.
If you are a Previous A-1, and in certain cases an Ezrach Oleh or Katin Chozer, you will register for health insurance at this meeting.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Teudat Oleh/Teudat Zakaut Teudat Zehut Form stamped by your bank upon opening your bank account If you are a Katin Chozer or Ezrach Oleh you must bring your Israeli passport. An appointment should be made even if you have not yet received your Teudat Zehut.
WHAT YOU GET:
Sal Klita: Confirmation of the dates the payments will be deposited into your bank account Information regarding local Ulpan programs and registration vouchers for Ulpan Advice on Oleh resources in your neighborhood Information regarding tuition assistance, if applicable – contact the Minhal Hastudentim (Student Authority) at Misrad Haklita for more information In the case of Mishpachot Olim, someone married to a veteran Oleh, or an Israeli, spouses will be added to a joint Teudat Oleh.
IF YOU ARE A KATIN CHOZER YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
Transcript of entries and exits from Misrad Hapnim if you are making Aliyah from within Israel or your status was not approved from abroad by the Aliyah center of the Jewish Agency Passport pictures You will then receive your Teudat Zakaut and review of your rights and benefits
IF YOU ARE A PREVIOUS A-1 TEMPORARY RESIDENT YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
Transcript of entries and exits from Misrad Hapnim if your status was not approved from abroad by the Aliyah center of the Jewish Agency Passport pictures
You will then receive your Teudat Oleh and review of your rights and benefits.
If you are an Oleh B’Sheinit, you will receive an updated Teudat Oleh or Zakaut.
FINALIZE YOUR HEALTHCARE REGISTRATION To finalize your healthcare registration, bring your registration form which you received either at the airport or Misrad Haklita together with your Teudat Oleh/Teudat Zakaut to the local branch of your chosen Kupat Cholim 7-10 days after registering for healthcare (either at the airport or Misrad Haklita). No appointment is necessary. You will receive a magnetic membership card for each family member.
It is recommended that Olim of all ages register for supplemental health insurance through their Kupat Cholim. In addition, registration within the first 90 days of Aliyah exempts Olim from any waiting periods otherwise required before receiving supplemental service benefits. Please note that supplemental health care is not free or covered by Oleh benefits.
Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) offers a monthly stipend to all Israeli citizens based on the number of children under the age of 18 in their family. You are eligible for this benefit immediately following your Aliyah and your meeting at the Misrad Haklita. However, if there is no deposit made within 60 days of Aliyah please call NBN Answers at *3680 or email [email protected]. Retroactive payment will be available but not for more than 3 months from the date of application.
Each child who is eligible for the monthly child benefit will have a savings account* opened in his or her name. Bituach Leumi will deposit money into the account per month, and parents have the option of matching that amount, which will be taken from their monthly child allowance. Parents have six months to select a savings plan, which can be done online or in person at your local Bituach Leumi branch. Otherwise the savings plan will be opened automatically and cannot be changed. For more information: www.nbn.org.il/life-in-israel/government-services/rights-and-benefits/monthlychild-benefits-from-bituach-leumi/
* Please consult with an accountant if you have any questions about possible foreign tax implications of this savings account.
Upon arrival, contact your local Department of Education (Agaf Hachinuch) or Municipal Oleh Coordinator (where applicable) to assist with registration into the school system.
All children in grades 1-12 are entitled to Ulpan hours at their school. Contact your child’s school directly for more information. We are here to help:[email protected]
WHAT YOU NEED:
Teudat Zehut of both parents (except in cases of split Aliyah) Your child’s Israeli ID number (Mispar Zehut) found in the Sefach in your Teudat Zehut Documentation showing your place of residence (such as a rental agreement or bill) Evaluations for a Va’adat Hasama (placement committee for children with learning differences) For more information on navigating the Israeli school system, see www.nbn.org.il/education
The following three steps are time sensitive. See below for detailed explanation.
Arnona (Muni. Tax) Benefit
Arnona (Municipal Tax)
All cities and towns in Israel charge Arnona (municipal tax). Tenants are obligated to make these payments which are calculated based on the size of your residence. Olim and Ezrachim Olim are granted a discount on Arnona (for up to 100m2) during one of their first two years in Israel. The rate of the discount is determined by the local municipality.
Further discounts based on age and income may be available through your municipality but not while receiving the Oleh discount. See: www.nbn.org.il/arnona
WHAT YOU NEED:
At the municipality, present your Teudat Oleh/Teudat Zakaut and Arnona bill if you have one A 12-month apartment rental contract or proof of ownership
Activating your Oleh discount can be completed online in many Municipalities. See the Municipality website for more information. The request for an Oleh discount may have to be repeated after January 1st. The Arnona reduction is not granted to Ktinim Chozrim, or to those who spent a significant amount of time as previous A-1 Temporary Residents and do not have a new Teudat Oleh. This benefit can be used in any 12 mo period out of your first 24 months from your date of Aliyah. It is not retroactive.
An Oleh is entitled to drive on a foreign driver’s license up to one year from the last entry date, following three full consecutive months abroad.
INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE If you do not have a valid foreign license, when traveling outside of Israel you must have an international driver’s license. For more information see www.nbn.org.il/driving
WHAT YOU NEED:
Online Tofes Yarok Form at www.nbn.org.il/driving Vision test and photo at designated optical store Teudat Zehut Teudat Oleh / Teudat Zakaut Valid foreign driver’s license and a copy (front and back) of your license Proof of having a foreign license for 5 full years immediately preceding the date of your Aliyah. Schedule an appointment with the Misrad HaTachbura at www.myvisit.com
One is no longer able to obtain an Israeli passport within the first year of Aliyah.
For the first 120 days from your Aliyah date you can enter and exit Israel with your foreign passport together with an exit letter called an ishur yetzia received from the Population & Immigration Authority (no appointment is necessary). An ishur yetzia is necessary for each family member traveling. After this time you will be required to travel abroad with an Israeli travel document called a Teudat Maavar which can be applied for 90 days or three full months (whichever is longer) after your Aliyah date. We encourage you to make an appointment soon after arrival to coincide with the appropriate time frame. The Teudat Ma’avar functions similarly to an Israeli passport and is a biomteric document valid for 5 years. For more information see www.nbn.org.il/darkon. Appointments for all travel documents can be made on the govisit.gov.il site. If entering on a foreign passport we recommend saving your entry ticket received at passport control should you need proof of your return. As a rule, any visit outside of Israel may stop your Sal Klita payments. Upon returning to Israel, your payments will be automatically reinstated 14 days after your arrival. Payments will not be retroactive, but will be paid going forward until the full amount of Sal Klita has been received. We suggest that you check your bank statement to ensure that all Sal Klita payments are received as scheduled. Commuters and other people who need to travel outside of Israel for work purposes should contact Misrad Haklita to discuss their specific situation. It is important to inform Bituach Leumi of your departure from Israel for any length of time in particular though not exclusively in your first year of Aliyah. See www.nbn.org.il/life-in-israel/government-services/
Olim Chadashim are NOT required to present an exit permit from the IDF before leaving Israel. Olim who have an official army draft date must return to Israel up to three days prior to that date.
All travel documents are payable online with an Israeli credit card at www.nbn.org.il/biopassports Discounted fees available with online payment only from November 1st – February 28th and honored until April 30th.
WHAT YOU WILL GET
An SMS will be sent to your phone with a tracking number to enter here www.israelpost.co.il/en/itemtrace/ to verify the status of your passport arrival. We encourage you to ask the clerk for a tracking number.
Every Oleh is entitled to receive certain benefit packages from the Israeli Government. These benefits depend on your Aliyah status. If you are unsure about your Aliyah status, please be in touch with your Aliyah Advisor
Please note that each of these benefits is valid for a limited time period.