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Who is a Returning Resident?


Introduction


Below is the definition of a "returning resident" according to the Ministry regulations.

Note: 
A returning resident may have children or a spouse who meet 
 
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The definition of a “returning resident”

The definition of a “returning resident” according to the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.

  1. ​They hold Israeli citizenship.
  2. At the time of their return to Israel they were at least 17 years old.
  3. They were formerly an Israeli resident.
  4. Residence abroad – They resided abroad for at least two years.
    1. A "returning scientist" is eligible for assistance from the Center for Absorption in Science if they resided abroad for at least five years.
    2. A "business entrepreneur" is eligible for assistance if they resided abroad for at least three years.
  5. Visits to Israel – Visits to Israel, whether consecutive or cumulative, were for a maximum of four months during each year of absence (in the last two years before their return to Israel, or three years for entrepreneurs and five years for scientists). A visit beginning in one year and continuing without interruption into the next year will be considered one visit.
  6. The residence abroad was not for the purpose of serving as an emissary – Neither the returning resident nor his/her spouse nor either one of his/her parents was posted abroad as an employee of one of the bodies listed below (unless five years have elapsed since the end of the emissary mission):
    1. The State of Israel
    2. Any authority of the State of Israel (including government companies)
    3. World Zionist Organization or any of its institutions
    4. The Jewish Agency for Israel
    5. The Jewish National Fund
    6. Keren Hayesod
    7. The United Jewish Appeal
    8. ​The State of Israel Bonds
  7. They did not previously receive assistance as a returning resident from the Ministry of Absorption.
  8. They did not receive any assistance as a new immigrant from the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption during the previous two years.

If the returning Israeli is separated or divorced with children, or one member of a couple who has come to Israel ahead of the other together with their children, he/she must provide a notarized declaration made by the children's other parent, signed before an Israeli consul, stating their agreement to the removal of the children to Israel.
 
Method of Calculating Eligibility
​Eligibility is calculated according to the number of years of overseas residence (two, three, or five years). The determination to grant "returning resident" status will be made in Israel, at an office of the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption near the applicant's place of residence, based on passport entry and exit stamps, and an examination of the records of Ministry of the Interior. Older passports should be kept whenever possible.
Who is not entitled to assistance

Who is not entitled to assistance from the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption?

  1. An individual who previously received assistance as a returning resident.
  2. A returning resident who was formerly a new immigrant, and who is still within the period of eligibility for assistance as a new immigrant, will receive assistance from the Ministry according to the remaining period of eligibility.
  3. A person who has been serving as an emissary abroad.
  4. A person who received assistance as a new immigrant from the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption during the previous two years.
Period of Eligibility for Assistance
  1. The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption – The period of eligibility as a returning resident for Ministry assistance is 24 months from the date of return to Israel, except for assured income, which is provided during 12 months from the date of return to Israel.
  2. Customs – The period of eligibility for customs concessions is for nine months only from the date of return to Israel. Eligibility for an exemption from customs duties applies to persons above the age of 18.
  3. IDF service – The period of service in the IDF (compulsory service or reserve duty) will not be counted in the eligibility period or in the period of visits to Israel.
  4. For information about eligibility for assistance in areas in which there is an age limitation (especially in employment) consult with a branch office of the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption.
 
Procedure for Obtaining Eligibility for Assistance
  1. ​The returning resident must first apply to a personal absorption counselor at the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption office closest to their place of residence, in order to obtain a returning resident certificate. It is recommended to first update your identity card at the Population Registry.
  2. A person who did not register on the Ministry's website before their return must complete a returning resident questionnaire, present passports and an identity card, and provide photocopies of documents as requested.
  3. To receive financial assistance it is necessary to open a bank account.
 
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