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...
For your convenience, you can use a simulator for an simple and fast examination of your eligibility for maternity allowance.
To be entitled to a maternity allowance, you must meet ALL following criteria:
You gave birth to a live newborn.
Whether you gave a stillbirth after 22 weeks + a day of pregnancy or your newborn died after birth, you will be entitled to maternity allowance according to remaining criteria of eligibility, as for any other birth.
You have stopped working during your pregnancy, and did not resume work during the period of entitlement to maternity allowance.If cessation of work occurred on the first month of pregnancy, you may be entitled to maternity allowance according to remaining criteria of eligibility.
Due to the Corona crisis, a woman who gave birth between 1.8.20 and 30.6.21, and was eligible for unemployment benefits until the day of birth - will be entitled to maternity allowance. A woman who gave birth in the period between 1.7.21 and 31.12.21, and was entitled to unemployment benefit until 30.6.21 - will be eligible for maternity allowance and a grant. To learn more, click here.
If you are self-employed, please note that during the birth and parenthood period you are allowed to undertake actions of business maintenance without prejudice to your entitlement to maternity allowance. To receive an authorization you have to file a request to the Maternity Department of your local NII branch. You may also file a request to a branch through the website / documents sending service.
You have to accrue an entitling qualifying period (months where you have worked and paid national insurance contributions). Your period of entitlement to maternity allowance is determined in accordance with your accrued qualifying period:
A period of study may be considered a qualifying period in the assessment of your eligibility for maternity allowance. For more information, click here.
A woman who became pregnant during a paid maternity leave (8 weeks or 15 weeks) may be entitled to maternity allowance for the next birth, even if she did not return to work.