Introduction:

Every person that immigrates to Israel is entitled to an absorption basket that includes living expenses for six months and rent assistance for the first year in Israel
Leaving Israel causes the cessation of the assistance and return after the first year will cause the complete loss of the assistance
For the amount of assistance see the Table of Assistance Amounts of Absorption Basket on the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption website



The absorption basket is financial assistance which is intended to help Olim during their initial settling in period in Israel. The assistance is given as living expenses during the period of study in Ulpan (6 months) and includes rent assistance for the first 12 months in Israel.

  • The first absorption basket payment is given to Olim at the airport and the remainder is deposited in 6 monthly payments to the immigrant's bank account.
  • For the amount of assistance based on the personal and family status of the Oleh, see the Table of Assistance Amounts of Absorption Basket on the Ministry of Immigration and Absorption website

Who is Eligible?

  1. Anyone who meets one of the following conditions:
    • First entry into Israel on an Oleh's visa.
    • He stayed in Israel for no longer than 24 months consecutively or cumulatively during the three years preceding the obtaining of the status of an Oleh or eligibility as an Oleh.

How to Claim It?

  • The first payment from the absorption basket is given to Olim at the airport - part in cash and part by bank deposit.
  • The balance of the grant is given in six monthly payments into the bank account of the Oleh -
    • To do this the Oleh must open a bank account or a joint account for both Olim spouses in one of the banks (in the case of the opening of a joint bank account for both spouses - both of them must come to the bank in order to open the account).
    • The details of the bank account must be given to the Ministry of Absorption. It is recommended to do so during one's first few days after arriving in Israel.
    • It is preferable not to change the account number during the first years of your aliyah. An Oleh who is nevertheless forced to change the details of his bank account must report on such immediately to the Ministry of Absorption.
  • In the event of any problem in receiving the monies of the absorption basket, one must directly approach the office of the Ministry of Absorption nearest to your place of residence.
  • Once the 6 months have passed, assistance may be obtained for sustenance needs by means of [He:הבטחת הכנסה|Income Support]. The assistance for the financing of rent is included in the absorption basket.

Period of Eligibility for Receiving the Absorption Basket

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