The definition of a “returning resident” according to the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption
- They hold Israeli citizenship
- At the time of their return to Israel they were at least 17 years old.
- They were formerly an Israeli resident.
- Residence abroad – They resided abroad for at least two years.
- A "returning scientist" is eligible for assistance from the Center for Absorption in Science if they resided abroad for at least five years.
- A "business entrepreneur" is eligible for assistance if they resided abroad for at least three years.
- 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.
- 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):
- The State of Israel
- Any authority of the State of Israel (including government companies)
- World Zionist Organization or any of its institutions
- The Jewish Agency for Israel
- The Jewish National Fund
- Keren Hayesod
- The United Jewish Appeal
- The State of Israel Bonds
- They did not previously receive assistance as a returning resident from the Ministry of Absorption.
- They did not receive any assistance as a new immigrant from the Ministry of 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.