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...
If you have reached retirement ageThe age at which you will be entitled to the old-age pension, on condition that your income from work and from other sources does not exceed a certain amount. Income from work pension is not taken into account. Retirement is set at age 67 for men and 62 for women. as a married woman (married to a person covered in old-age insurance) or for a widow who receives a survivors' pension or dependents pension in Work Injury – you will be entitled to an old-age pension at retirement age and onwards, on condition that you accumulated one of the insurance periods listed below during which you were covered in old-age insurance plan 2:
For your convenience, here is a list of the insurance pension taken into account in plan 2.
If you did not accumulate one of the insurance periods listed above, you may be entitled to an old-age pension at the age of entitlement to old-age pensionThis age of entitlement is set at 70 for both men and and women, and eligibility for an old-age pension is not subject to a means test. , provided that you accumulated one of the following insurance periods listed below during which you were covered in old-age insurance in plan 1:
Woman born before January 1, 1931
She will be entitled to an old-age pension on condition that she has accumulated five years of residency before age 65.
A woman that has not accumulated five years of residency and accumulated less than 144 months of insurance period under insurance plan 2, will be able to go on and accumulate insurance periods as an Israeli resident from January 2013 until completion of 144 months of insurance as an Israeli resident of 5 years of insurance as an Israeli resident, whatever is earlier. The old-age pension will be paid to this woman as of the date she has completed the qualifying period.
A woman receiving a survivors' pension may choose between an old-age or a survivors' pension. A woman receiving a benefit for dependents on work-injured persons may choose between a full old-age pension and half a benefit for dependents on work-injured persons or half an old-age pension and a full benefit for dependents on work-injured persons.
Women exempt from the qualifying period
If you reached retirement age when your marital situation is one of the following: divorced, a widow who does not receive a survivors pension or dependents benefit, a married woman whose husband is not covered in old-age insurance, a woman who received a general disability pension during the month preceding the month for which you are entitled to an old-age pension - you may be entitled to an old-age pension at retirement age and onwards without having completed any insurance period.
An unmarried (single) woman is exempt from the qualifying period if she first immigrated to Israel after the age of 55-59, in accordance with her date of birth, as shown in the following table:
The age of immigration to Israel exempting woman from qualifying period
Month and year of birth
55 and 4 months
55 and 8 months
56 and 4 months
56 and 8 months
57 and 4 months
57 and 8 months
58 and 4 months
58 and 8 months
An unmarried (single) woman born in Israel or who first immigrated to Israel before the age exempting her from a qualifying period, according to the table – the qualifying period entitling her to an old-age pension is according to the rules listed above for a "man".