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Repatriation to Israel

March 25, 2022 375 Time to read: 8 min. Comments: 2

The desire to change places of residence can come from various reasons: someone wants to get a higher standard of living, someone aspires to a sunny country where the climate is pleasant all year round, and someone wants to move to where his roots come from. Reasons can be combined.

If you have been thinking about changing your place of residence for a long time, then you probably considered Israel as one of the options. Repatriation is the easiest way to move to Israel. Why do so many want to move here? The most important feature of Israel is its diversity. Perhaps this is reflected in every aspect of it.

For example, different parts of the country have different climates, somewhere the air is more humid and the atmosphere of a Mediterranean resort reigns, and somewhere dry air is combined with a mountain climate. Everyone can choose what best suits their preferences or health needs.

Of course, it is impossible not to mention that Israel has a high level of salaries. Doctors and IT employees receive a lot here. In addition, the country’s legislation is very positive about starting a new business, there are very loyal conditions for starting your own business.

The State of Israel values its citizens very much and makes every effort to take care of their rights.If this lifestyle suits you, find out if you can exercise your right to repatriation.

People from all over the world are thinking about repatriation. Residents of the USA, France, Great Britain, Canada and other countries can take advantage of the possibility of repatriation. Let’s take a closer look at this process.

Law of Return

According to the Law of Return, a Jew is considered to be one who was born to a Jewish mother or converted and does not belong to another religion.

The Law also gives the right to repatriation to the closest relatives of Jews:

  • children and grandchildren of Jews;
  • wives or husbands of Jews/children of Jews/grandchildren of Jews;

  • widows of Jews, if after the death of their spouse they did not remarry;
  • children adopted by Jews.

Israel repatriation rules

Let’s take a look at the repatriation rules for 2023. The repatriation process is based on the following steps:

  1. Collection of necessary documents. It is very important to collect as many documents as possible confirming your belonging to the Jewish people.
  2. Applying for a consular check.
  3. Passing an interview with the consul.
  4. After a positive interview, you are preparing to move to Israel.

Let’s go back to the first point – the collection of documents. To prove your right to citizenship, you need to collect a package of documents confirming kinship with an ancestor through the Jewish line. It should include both the documents of the family of repatriates and older Jewish relatives.

It is important that the collected package confirms both the nationality of the ancestor and your family connection with him.

Please refer to the list of documents below:

  • Birth, marriage, death certificates;
  • Statement from the house book;
  • Military ID;

  • Entries in the register of births: birth, marriage, divorce or death;
  • Personal files at the place of study and work.

You must understand that the consuls are responsible for the verification, they carefully study the documents and your motives for repatriation. Unfortunately, if the right to repatriation is denied, it is quite difficult to challenge this decision. That is why, in order to simplify the entire repatriation process for you, we recommend that you immediately contact specialists of WRAI. Our professionals specialize in cases of successful repatriation.

Specialists collect documents for you, which are often stored in archives around the world, where your belonging to the Jewish nationality is confirmed. Our experts also help prepare for the successful passage of the consular interview. Since we have many years of experience, we know how best to behave at the consular check. Together with our help, you will easily and quickly go through the process of repatriation.

Apply for status

The main condition for successfully passing the consular check is that you must prove that you are subject to the Law of Return.

The questions are based on four important aspects:

  • The presence of Jewish roots is no further than the third generation. This includes questions about family history and degree of relationship.
  • Religious affiliation: Whether you are Jewish, have changed religions, or do not identify with any religious denomination.

  • Motives for repatriation and their sincerity: Israel advocates for Jews to unite in their historical homeland and participate in the life and development of the country.
  • Is there a risk of harm to the state and its citizens.

Tips for passing the check with the consul

1
Tip

Remember, the right answer is the honest answer. Before meeting with the consul, repeat who and what kind of family ties is and rehearse in advance at home so as not to get confused during the interview.

2
Tip

Answer any question seriously and honestly – jokes during the interview are inappropriate.

3
Tip

Refuse religious symbols and attributes – both Judaism and other religions.

4
Tip

Come to the meeting with the consul with the whole family – everyone who is going to be repatriated, even babies, should be present at the interview.

1 Tip

Remember, the right answer is the honest answer. Before meeting with the consul, repeat who and what kind of family ties is and rehearse in advance at home so as not to get confused during the interview.

2 Tip

Answer any question seriously and honestly – jokes during the interview are inappropriate.

3 Tip

Refuse religious symbols and attributes – both Judaism and other religions.

4 Tip

Come to the meeting with the consul with the whole family – everyone who is going to be repatriated, even babies, should be present at the interview.

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Assistance in repatriation from WRAI

If you want to move to Israel, which combines job prospects, a high standard of living, a comfortable climate and a friendly atmosphere, then you should consider repatriation.

In any case, the repatriation procedure itself requires some effort. Often, those who wish cannot successfully go through this procedure on their own due to lack of documents or problems with passing a consular check.

Our specialists have many years of experience and many successful cases in the field of repatriation. Professionals of WRAI carry out the following set of actions:

  • help to collect evidence of your Jewish origin from archives around the world (even closed ones);
  • help to prepare a package of documents in such a way that the consular check is 100% successful;
  • prepare you for your interview with the consul.

Each of these stages is very important and neglect of the process can result in failure. That is why we suggest not to take risks but to trust professionals with many years of experience to achieve a 100% successful result.

Even a qualified lawyer will not be able to provide full assistance in the repatriation process, as this should be done by specialized professionals. The difference between our specialists is that we carry out archival searches of even high complexity, as well as provide assistance and support at all stages, even when you are already in Israel and you need to draw up documents in the authorities.

Absorption basket

We have already mentioned that the Israeli government provides many benefits for new immigrants. One of these is the absorption basket. This is a special type of social assistance, which consists in material payments. The amount of payments is calculated based on several factors: age, family composition and children.

The right to receive financial assistance remains within 12 months from the date of assignment of the status of a new immigrant. Traveling outside of Israel is a reason for the termination of payments. You can resume receiving funds if you return within the first year after repatriation.

The procedure for providing assistance under the absorption basket will be as follows:

  1. Cash upon arrival. The first amount is issued directly at the Ben Gurion Airport building.
  2. Transfer to the current account:

  • Part of the first payment.

  • Monthly transfers in equal parts for 6 months.

In order for the due payments to be credited to the settlement account, it is necessary to report its details to the Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption.

Let’s look at the payout from the absorption basket for a married couple:

$ 1,720 – the first payment, part of which will be given to you at the airport, and the rest will be credited to your account.

$7,900 – the second part of the payment, which will be divided into 6 equal parts and will be paid every month until the end of the funds.

If you’re worried about adjustment difficulties, you can put those worries aside. The Israeli government is taking a full range of measures to ensure that the adaptation of repatriates takes place in the fastest and most comfortable way. This includes social benefits and assistance with finding housing, as well as assistance in finding a job, enrolling in studies and taking Hebrew courses.

In order for a new immigrant to quickly integrate into a new society, there are various repatriation programs, which include both programs aimed at training, and programs where you can live for free in kibbutzim, where you will engage in agricultural activities in the peaceful beauties of nature. Everyone can choose what is closer to their liking and lifestyle.
FAQ
Who is subject to the repatriation law?

​​Jews born to a Jewish mother or who have converted to Judaism are eligible for repatriation.

Members of their families can be repatriated with them, whether they are Jews or not. Family members include the legal spouses of Jews, their widows and widowers, children and grandchildren, as well as the spouses of children and grandchildren.

What should I do if I was refused repatriation?

A person has the right to apply to the consulate again, but it is rather difficult to challenge the decision of the consul. In order not to face a refusal and to be fully prepared for the process of obtaining Israeli citizenship, use the services of WRAI’s qualified specialists.

What is the repatriation law in Israel?

The law proclaims that every Jew has the right to repatriation, that is, return to their historical homeland – Israel.

Can US citizens move to Israel?

Of course, a US citizen can easily repatriate to Israel by preparing the necessary documents.

What is Israel policy for return?

To successfully complete repatriation, you need to collect a package of documents confirming your Jewish kinship, as well as successfully pass a consular check.

What is it called when you go back to Israel?

The process is called repatriation. 

Who is eligible for repatriation?

Jews born to a Jewish mother or who have converted to Judaism are eligible for repatriation.

Members of their families can be repatriated with them, whether they are Jews or not. Family members include the legal spouses of Jews, their widows and widowers, children and grandchildren, as well as the spouses of children and grandchildren.

What are the conditions for repatriation?

To successfully complete repatriation, you need to collect a package of documents confirming your Jewish kinship, as well as successfully pass a consular check.

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    Comments
    Sarah

    I am Jewish by my father. But I can’t find any documents to prove it. Can circumstantial evidence help me repatriate to Israel? If yes, what kind?

    January 20 2024, 19:12
    Maya Laoshvili

    Hello. “Circumstantial evidences” can only support main official documents. If you have difficulties with finding them, you can always contact our experts, who can easily find required proofs.

    February 09 2024, 11:22
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