Special old age benefit


A resident of Israel who is not covered by old age insurance and entitled to an old age pension because of immigrating to Israel after the age of 60-62 will receive a special benefit from the National Insurance Institute, funded by the Ministry of Finance, provided he or she meet all the following conditions:

  1. You are an Israeli resident.
  2. You have reached retirement age.
  3. For a woman: you and your spouse are not receiving a pension from the National Insurance Institute
  4. For a man: you and your spouse are not receiving a pension from the National Insurance Institute, or your spouse is receiving an old age pension or a work disability pension, and she has reached the age of entitlement to an old age pension.
  5. For those who have not reached the age of entitlement to old-age pension yet - your income from work does not exceed (or only slightly does) the maximum income based on family composition. For those who have reached retirement age -
    The person has reached the age of entitlement to an old age pension - your from work does not exceed (or only slightly does) the maximum income multiplied by 3.
  6. Your income and that of your spouse (which is not from work) does not exceed (or only slightly does) the rate of the old-age pension + the income supplement (according to family composition and your age).


Women please note:

  • A married woman who was born before August 1, 1932 - is not entitled to a special old age benefit.
  • A married woman who was born after August 1, 1932 - is entitled to a special old age benefit from the age of entitlement to the old age pension, provided that her husband is not receiving a pension under the law.

Returning resident

An Israeli resident who emigrated from Israel and returned, and has not been in Israel for the specified qualifying period, may be entitled, under certain circumstances, to a special old age benefit.

Rates of the special benefit

The rates of the special benefit (for an individual and for someone who has dependents) are equivalent to the old age pension rates specified in the National Insurance Law. However, no seniority increment or pension deferral increment are paid. An income supplement is paid according to the conditions of entitlement.

Submitting a claim for benefit

In order to receive a special benefit, a person must submit a claim on the Special Old-Age Benefit form at the local National Insurance Institute branch. The claimant must attach their immigrant's card and any other document that can prove their entitlement to the benefit.

The Income Supplement Claim form is attached to the Special Old Age Benefit form (a list of the required documents appears on the claim form).
The claim may be submitted by means of our website's documents sending service.

Date of payment

The special benefit is paid on the 28th of the month and only from the 1st of the month in which the claim was submitted (the benefit for the period that preceded the month in which the claim was submitted will be paid under certain circumstances).

In the transition from a disability to a special old age benefit, the benefit is paid from the date on which the disability pension ceases.

Staying abroad

If a person intends to leave Israel for any reason, he or she must inform the National Insurance Institute. If one departs without doing so, he or she may accumulate debts that will be required to be paid to the National Insurance Institute.