The National Insurance Institute is at your side during your life, from birth to advanced age, granting you a variety of social rights adapted to changing life situations.
The National Insurance Institute is responsible for the social security of Israeli residents.
Its primary mission is to ensure means of subsistence for those unable to earn their living.
The National Insurance Institute collects insurance contributions from all residents according to their social background and status, and pays benefits to those entitled. Hence, the income of economically established groups is transferred to weak and vulnerable groups and, thereby, the National Insurance Institute contributes to a more equitable distribution of national income and the reduction of dimensions of poverty. Further information...
A released prisoner may be entitled to these benefits:
A released prisoner who has been imprisoned or detained for at least 6 months may be entitled to an income support benefit for a maximum of two months, if he has no income or income that is low and entitles him to a benefit.
Payment is made for each month separately, from the date of application for income support.
To receive the benefit, you must submit a claim for income support to the National Insurance branch in your area of residence and attach all the required documents. You may be required to present a jail time certificate.
You can file the claim in the following ways:
Please note that,
An income support benefit is paid only from the month of submission of the claim. Therefore, it is important for you to submit the claim in the actual month of release or in the following month, to allow the assessment of your entitlement to a benefit as released prisoner. After this date you can find out your entitlement to the pension for other reasons.
You may be entitled to benefit even beyond two months. For more information click here.
If you have been released from house arrest, you can read about the conditions of entitlement to a pension at this link.
If you have been released from a community service sentence, you can read about the conditions of entitlement to a pension at this link.
If you have been determined to be entitled to a permanent or temporary disability pension, you must send the Disability Department at the branch nearest to your place of residence a release date certificate from Prison Service, in order to renew your entitlement to the pension.
The certificate can also be sent directly to the branch via the website / document sending service.
For more information on general disability pension, click here.
A released prisoner over the age of 67 will be entitled to the payment of an old-age pension from the month of his release.
To receive the pension, he must send the Old-Age Department at the branch nearest to his place of residence a release date certificate from Prison Service. The certificate can also be sent directly to the branch via the website / document sending service.
For more information on old-age pension, click here
Regarding an insured who, before his imprisonment, received a benefit which was terminated due to imprisonment – we must be notified of his release to be able to renew the payment of his benefit.
A released prisoner who wishes to check his debts due to unpaid alimony – should contact the Enforcement and Collection Authority, through the information and service call center at *35592.
During your stay in prison – you were exempt from paying insurance contributions.
After release – you will be exempt from paying insurance contributions if you receive a benefit from National Insurance, such as income support or general disability.
If you do not receive a benefit – you must pay insurance contributions according to your status (working / unemployed).
For inquiries, call the *6050 call center.