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The National Insurance Institute pays a monthly child allowance to families living in Israel who have children up to the age of 18. The allowance is aimed at helping the family with the expenses entailed in raising their children, and it is paid regardless of the amount of the family's income.

In most cases, the allowance is paid automatically, according with the information transferred to the NII by the hospital after the birth, and it is not necessary to submit a claim. However, there are cases in which the family does have to submit a claim. Further information can be found in how to submit a claim.

The child allowance is paid once a month, on the 20th of the month. For your convenience, here is a calculator of the amount of child allowance (in Hebrew) to which you are entitled.

Single-parent families and large families (4 or more children) who receive a subsistence benefit from the NII are entitled to a study grant, paid annually, at the beginning of the school year, for children aged 6-18.

 

'Savings plan for each child' launched

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Dear parents,
 
In January 2017, a personal savings plan will be opened for each of your children eligible to a child allowance.

As part of the program, the National Insurance Institute will deposit NIS 50 a month for each child, until he or she reaches the age 18, in addition to their child allowance.
 
Parents will be able to add up to NIS 50 a month from the child allowance, thus doubling the deposit sum to NIS 100 a month.

The savings plan will be managed in a providence fund or bank, according to your preference.
 
The National Insurance Institute will notify you which providence funds and banks have been selected to manage the savings, and inform you about the means by which you can choose the savings body and double the deposits to the plan. 

​For the explanation of the program click here.

To whom is the allowance paid?

Family in which the two spouses are living with their children
The allowance is paid to the mother. Therefore, it is deposited in the bank account in the mother's name, or in a joint account of both parents.

Divorced parents
The allowance is paid to the parent who has actual custody of the children, under court judgment.
If some of the children are living with the mother and some are living with the father, each parent is entitled to the allowance for the children in his or her custody, as specified in the court judgment, and each parent must submit a separate application to split the file to the local branch of the National Insurance Institute.

Separated parents
The allowance is paid to the parent who has custody of the children. 

If some of the children are in the mother’s custody and some are in the father’s custody, the allowance is paid to each parent separately according to the number of children in his or her custody and each parent must submit a separate application to split the file, and attach documents at testifying to the custody.

A child who is not in his parents' custody
In cases in which the child is not in his parents' custody, the allowance is paid to the guardian appointed by order of the court, or to a person appointed by the NII as recipient of the allowance for the child (In order to be appointed as recipient, it is necessary to contact the National Insurance Institute, and to bring the relevant documents, such as authorization from a social worker and authorization from welfare or community workers).

Conditions of entitlement

Any of the following is entitled to a child allowance:

      • An Israeli resident who has one child or more.
      • A child who immigrated to Israel without his parents.
      • A person who is caring for his child who is not his own child, provided that he was appointed as guardian.
      • A person who is caring for a child who is not his own child and was not appointed as guardian may be appointed as the recipient of the allowance. He must submit the relevant documents to his local NII branch.
      • Someone who is not a resident of Israel, but lives in Israel with one or more of his children, provided that he has been working in Israel as a salaried employee or as a self-employed worker for at least 6 months, and he has a visa from the Ministry of the Interior to live and work in Israel.

Additional conditions of entitlement for receiving the allowance:

The period of entitlement

Beginning of entitlement
If a child is born or adopted or immigrates to Israel before the 15th of the month, the allowance will be paid on the 1st of the month in which he was born, adopted or immigrated.
If a child is born or adopted or immigrates to Israel on the 16th of the month or later, the allowance will be paid as of the 1st of the month following the month in which he was born, adopted or immigrated.

End of entitlement
The allowance is paid until the end of the month in which the child reaches the age of 18.

The death of a child
The allowance is paid for a child who lives at least seven days after birth, or was discharged from the hospital after birth.
If a child for whom the allowance was paid dies, the NII will continue paying the allowance for three months from the end of the month in which the child died.

How to submit the claim

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In most cases, the claim is paid automatically, based on the information transferred to the NII by the hospital after the birth, and there is no need to submit a claim. However, there are cases in which the family does have to submit a claim to the NII. 

Date for submitting a claim

A claim for child allowance should be submitted within 12 months of the day of entitlement to the allowance (the day on which you began to be entitled to the allowance is the day of the child's birth, adoption or immigration to Israel).

If you did not submit the claim within 12 months of this day, the National Insurance Institute will pay the allowance only for the 12 months preceding the day of submission of claim.

If the child was born after July 1, 2003, and was not registered in the population registry within 30 days of the date of the birth, the allowance will be paid only for the 3 months that preceded the submission of claim.

Child allowance rates

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The amount of the allowance is determined by the number of children in the family, by their birth dates and by whether or not the family is entitled to a subsistence benefit from the NII. The amount of the allowance is according to these three factors:

Changing the place of payment

In a family in which both spouses live with their children, the allowance is paid to the mother, so the allowance will be paid into the bank account of the children's mother or to the joint account of both parents.

A request to change the place of payment of the allowance may be submitted by means of:

Child allowance while living abroad

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A child who lives abroad for over three months he is entitled to continue receiving payment for the first three months of his stay abroad. As of the fourth month of his stay abroad, he is not entitled to continue receiving the allowance unless he or his parents meet one of the following conditions:

Study grant

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The National Insurance Institute participates in the school expenses of single-parent families and of families with four or more children who receive a subsistence benefit (general disability, income support, maintenance, old age or survivors) from the National Insurance Institute.
Starting with the 5777 (2016-2017) school year, the grant will be paid for children aged 6-18. The grant is deposited in the bank account in which the child allowance is deposited up to the 15th of August, before the start of each school year.

Child allowance for adoptive parents

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Residents of Israel who adopt a child are entitled to a child allowance. The allowance is paid once a month, on the 20th of the month.

Appealing a decision of the National Insurance Institute

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Calculation of child allowance

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