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 completed a qualifying period before your unemployment; that is, you were covered in Unemployment Insurance for the period of time required by law (even if not consecutive) and insurance contributions were paid for you.
The unemployment period begins on the day you first register with the Employment Service Bureau.
You have completed a qualifying period of at least 12 months of work as a salaried employee (the employer is liable to pay insurance contributions on your behalf) out of the last 18 months before your registration at the Employment Service. The months of work are not to be consecutive nor for a single employer.
In the qualifying period are only taken into account months of work spent from age 18 to 67.
Please note, a month during which you worked for only part of the month is considered as a full work month; in other words, even if you worked only one day in a certain month, this month is counted as a work month for purposes of calculating the qualifying period.
If you did not work for 12 months, in addition to the number of your working month, the following periods may be taken into account in the qualifying period, provided they occurred in the last 18 months.
Months of workVacation days and holidays for which salary was paid (vacation days redeemed due to severance of an employee-employer relationship are not taken into account in the qualifying period)Days of mourningDays of compulsory military service – up to six monthsDays of volunteer national service – up to six months, for a person who completed a volunteer service period of at least 24 months, or for a woman who served for at least six months and married within 30 days of leaving the service.Days of service in the national civil service – up to six months, for a person who completed a service period of at least 24 months, or for a woman who served for at least six months and married within 30 days of leaving the serviceDays of military reserve dutySick days for which the worker was eligible for sick payDays for which a work injury allowance was paidDays for which a maternity or paternity allowance was paidDays for which a risk pregnancy benefit was paid The first two months of unpaid leave during which the employer is obligated to pay insurance contributions for the worker.The period for which payment was made due to lack of prior notification of dismissal from work, under the Prior Notification Law (for 30 days at most)Working abroad as a qualifying period for unemployment benefit
If in the last 18 months, you did not work for one or more of the following reasons, the 18-month determining period may be extended by the number of months of absence.