A child allowance claim must be submitted within 12 months from the beginning of eligibility (retroactive payment of the allowance will only be provided for the 12 months that preceded submission of the claim)
All children must be registered in the population registry within 30 days of being born, otherwise, the allowance will only be paid for the 3 months that preceded submission of the claim
National Insurance Institute decisions related to a child allowance may be appealed to regional labor court
For more information, see the National Insurance Institute's English website
- A child allowance claim must be submitted to the National Insurance Institute within 12 months from the beginning of eligibility.
Target Audience and Prerequisites
- In many cases the Child Allowance is paid automatically through an update by the hospital on the birth of a child.
- In the following cases, the allowance is not paid automatically and a claim must be submitted to the National Insurance Institute:
- Children born abroad
- Children born at home
- Children who are adopted
- Children who make aliyah without their parents (the allowance is paid to the person appointed to receive the child allowance)
- Children for whom a legal guardian has been appointed, or who do not live with their parents
- All other cases in which the allowance is not paid automatically
To Whom and How to Apply
Submitting the Claim
- The claim must be submitted on a Personal Child Allowance Claim Form.
- The claim must be submitted to the nearest National Insurance Institute branch with the required documentation.
- If the claim is being submitted by parents who are a couple, details of a bank account in the name of the mother or a joint account shared by both parents must be provided on the claim form.
- The following documentation must be submitted with the claim:
- A photocopy of the allowance recipient's national ID card (תעודת זהות); (parents, adoptive parents, legal guardian, or the person appointed to be the allowance recipient).
- Bank account details for payment of the allowance; (for biological parents, the bank account must be in the name of the mother or a joint account shared by both parents).
- For children born abroad - A photocopy of the child's passport must be attached to the claim form.
- For cases of adoption in Israel - The approval form from the Child Welfare Service containing the following information must be attached: the child's temporary identification number, the child's date of birth and date of actual placement with the family.
- For cases of adoption from abroad - Notarized approval must be attached, as well as a photocopy of the child's passport on which the date the child arrived in Israel is indicated.
- For cases of guardianship - The guardian appointment order from the courts must be attached to the claim.
- If a child has been abroad for a period of more than 3 months the relevant documentation indicating that the child or parent(s) meets conditions for continued eligibility for Child Allowance, must be attached to the claim.
- Divorced or Separated Parents:
Claim Submission Dates
- Claims must be submitted within 12 months of the date on which eligibility began:
- For births - 12 months from the date of birth.
- For children born abroad and/or who make aliyah without their parents - 12 months from the date of aliyah.
- For adoptions in Israel - 12 months from the actual placement date with the family (there is no need to wait for provision of an adoption order from the courts).
- For adoptions from abroad - 12 months from the child's arrival in Israel.
- For claims submitted after this 12 month period, the allowance will only be paid retroactively for up to 12 months preceding the claim submission date.
Registration in the Population Registry
- Children born after 01.07.2003 must be registered in the population registry within 30 days of their birth, otherwise the allowance will only be paid for the 3 months that preceded submission of the claim.
- National Insurance Institute decisions may be appealed before a regional labor court.
- The appeal must be submitted within 12 months of receiving a written decision from the National Insurance Institute.
- For more information, see: Appealing a National Insurance Institute Decision.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.