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...
The National Insurance takes care of expecting women and will pay maternity allowance and a grant to jobless women who did not return to work yet and who are expected to give birth in the course of 2021. The maternity allowance and the grant will be paid automatically on your bank account without any need to submit a claim.
The National Insurance will pay maternity allowance to jobless women who did not return to work yet, and are expecting birth in the course of 2021.
To receive maternity allowance, you have to meet 2 conditions below:
Your period of entitlement to unemployment benefits is determined by the qualifying period you have accumulated before the day you stopped receiving unemployment benefits (and not before the day of work stoppage).Please note that the months in which you have received unemployment benefits are included in the qualifying period.The number of eligibility days for maternity allowance are determined as follows:
The amount of maternity allowance is calculated according to your work income prior the date of work stoppage. For more information about the calculation of maternity allowance, click here.
A woman eligible for maternity allowance under Covid crisis regulations - will also receive a grant amounting to 18 additional days of eligibility for maternity allowance.
The grant will be paid automatically upon maternity allowance approval on your bank account, there is no need to submit a claim:
A woman who wishes to submit a claim for maternity allowance during her pregnancy, can submit a claim with the estimated date of birth, but not earlier than 9 weeks prior to the estimated date of birth.
The claim must be completed by hand only, together with a medical certificate, and sent to the Maternity Allowance Department of the branch nearest your place of residence.There is no need to complete the salary certificate section (page 3 of claim form) or to attach pay slips.The claim and documents can be sent to the branch through the documents sending website.
A woman who gave birth during the period between 1.8.20 and 30.6.21, and was entitled to unemployment benefits until the day of childbirth - will be eligible for maternity allowance.
A woman who gave birth in the period from 1.3.20 to 30.6.21, and received unemployment benefits before the birth, and who is not eligible for maternity allowance since she did not accrue the require qualifying period or is entitled to partial maternity allowance - will receive a special payment as follows:
The special payment amount will equal that of the unemployment benefits due to her if she was not a new mother.
A self-employed woman who gave birth in the period from 1.1.21 and 31.12.21 - will see her maternity allowance calculated based on her income as per her 2019 tax return, or 2020 tax return or 2021 advance payments - whichever is higher.
We wish all new mothers a successful birth and parenthood period of leave and a fast return to normalcy.