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...
You may be entitled to unemployment benefit if you have worked as a salaried employee and came out of the labor circuit, provided that you meet all conditions of entitlement.
You can check your eligibility for unemployment benefits with this unemployment benefit eligibility simulator.
There are 5 conditions to meet in order to obtain unemployment benefits:
You must be an Israeli residentA person whose life is centered in Israel. Criteria for determining this include: Israel is your permanent place of residence, where your family resides, where your children go to school, your primary place of work, or where you are studying. or a temporary resident (you hold a permanent or temporary staying permit).
You have turned 20, and have not reached the age of 67.
Those who are under 20, may be entitled to unemployment benefits in special cases - for more information, click here.
You may be entitled to unemployment benefits if you went on unpaid leave, were laid off or stopped working voluntarily.
Please note that the ground of work stoppage (layoff or voluntary termination) influences the starting date of payment - to learn more about grounds for work termination, click here.
Due to the war relaxations were granted to those send on unpaid leave at their employer's initiative (an employer's certificate must be attached to the online form) for the period between 7.10.23 and 30.12.23:
Please note that those who took unpaid leave voluntarily (even for justified reasons) - will not be entitled to unemployment benefits.
To be eligible for unemployment benefits, you have to report to Employment Service.
It is important to report to Employment Service soon after work termination, even if you willingly stopped working, in order to realize your right to unemployment benefit.You can register online on the website of Employment Service.
You have accrued a qualifying period as salaried employee of at least 12 months out of the last 18 months preceding your first registration with Employment Service.
The qualifying period will only include the months of work between the age of 18 and 67. Working months are not required to be consecutive nor from a single employer.
The workers listed below are not covered with unemployment insurance, and are thereby unable to qualify for unemployment benefits: