The following is a small list of the benefits that new immigrants might be most interested in, the complete list may be viewed at the National Insurance Instittute`s Benefits site.
Immigrating to Israel: The NII provides a wide range of benefits to persons immigrating to Israel for the first time, as well as to returning residents, in accordance with the different needs of these population groups. Some of the rights provided are contingent on payment of insurance contributions.
Injury: The NII assists persons injured in various circumstances – and therefore unable to function at work or in daily life – in a number of ways. Causes of the injury and the relevant benefits:
- Hostile (terror) action
- Vocational Rehabilitation (work or accident)
- Work Injury
- Attendance Allowance (work or accident)
Living Abroad: For a NII beneficiary, living abroad may have implications on his right to receive NII benefits, and even lead to the ceasing of payments for the entire period of his stay abroad. The continuation or cessation of eligibility for benefits depends on the circumstances of the departure from Israel, as stipulated in the law. Circumstances of departure, and relevant benefits, vary from case to case.
Pregnancy, Birth and Adoption: The NII provides a wide range of benefits to women giving birth and their husbands, both during and after the pregnancy. Benefits are provided also to couples who adopt a child.
The circumstances entitling the couple to benefits and the list of relevant benefits vary from case to case such as:
- Maternity Allowance
- Hospitalization and a Maternity Grant
- A high- risk pregnancy
- Adopting a child.
Reaching Retirement Age/ Age of Entitlement to Old-Age Pension: The NII will grant an old-age pension to persons reaching retirement age, on condition that they do not have high incomes. Persons who require assistance in daily activities may be eligible for such assistance from the NII.
When you reach this age, you may be eligible for one or more of the following benefits: The age at which the insured person is eligible for old-age pension, conditional on means test. The age gradually rises until, at the end of the process, it will reach 67 for men and 64 for women.
If you need more information or clarification on any subject concerning the NII, please feel completely comfortable to contact me.