Successfully Assisting Individuals and Families Move to Israel for Over 12 Years

Shalom and welcome to the home for the Jewish people. We’re here to make your move to Israel a positive, painless experience for you and your family. Below you will find information about the Law of Return eligibility, aliyah process, documentation required, and common issues. We’re here to help you join thousands of jews and their descendants and accomplish the dream of making Aliyah to Israel. Though if you don’t qualify for Aliyah under the Law of Return, please visit our immigration of non-jews to Israel resource for more information.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for individual consultation.

Who's eligible to make Aliyah to Israel?

As you know the simplest way to move to Israel is by the Law of return. As a matter of fact, since 1950 The Law of Return enables every Jewish person to make Aliyah and obtain Israeli citizenship in the Jewish state.

Firstly, we must examine and determine your eligibility for moving to Israel based on the Law of return.

The following cases qualify for the Law of Return and are eligible for Aliyah to Israel:

  • Any Jewish person
  • A child of a Jewish person
  • A grandchild of a Jewish person
  • Anyone that legally converted to Judaism (giur) (*rabbis have to be recognized by the Israeli government.)

What's the process to make Aliyah to Israel?

The beginning of the process to make Aliyah depends on your current location.

If you are not in Israel and qualify for the above cases, you may start your Aliyah journey with Nefesh B Nefesh.

However, if you are already in Israel (with a B2 tourist visa) and wish to make Aliyah to Israel officially, you must submit an application at the local immigration bureau of the city you reside in (local Misrad Hapnim).

What documents are needed to move to Israel?

To complete the successful Aliyah application to Israel, you must provide proof of your identity and Jewish roots.

Here are the primary documents needed to prove your identity:

  • Birth certificate
  • Parents birth certificates
  • American citizens are also required to provide an FBI background check (Jewish individuals with a criminal record may be refused Aliyah to Israel. Contact us for further information.)

Next, you must provide evidence of your Jewish roots. Luckily, the Law allows for creativity with these documents due to many records’ loss and destruction during WW2. So here are some documents you can use to prove your Jewish identity and qualify for the Law of Return:

  • Your Ktuba
  • Parents Ktuba
  • Bar mitzvah certificate
  • Membership certificates from Jewish organizations
  • Proof of a shul membership
  • A letter from a rabbi verifying your Jewish identity (The rabbi must have a good reputation and must be known to other rabbis)
  • *If you don't have any of these documents, contact us for more information.

What Problems Could I Potentially Face During the Aliyah to Israel?

There are extraordinary circumstances that may prevent Jews, children or grandchildren of Jews from making Aliyah to Israel despite the Law of Return. For example, some of the problems may be; lack of sufficient documents, a criminal background, mental health illness issues, or issues regarding conversion to a different religion.

Joshua Pex Esq. presents his expertise on the most common problems that may arise:

Converted to another religion

We may be able to assist even in cases of Converting to another religion, such as Christianity or Islam, although the Law of Return states that a Jew who converted to another religion is excluded the right to Aliyah. If your application has already been denied due to this reason, there might be a way to reverse the decision, but we must investigate every case individually. Contact us for a free personal consultaion

You have a criminal record

In most cases, if you have a criminal record you may be prevented from making Aliyah despite your Jewish roots. Nevertheless, it depends on the severity of the criminal charges and the time they occurred. You may still be eligible for Aliyah based on the Law of Return. We recommend reaching out for a consultation to learn more about your rights.

History of mental illness

Notably, rarely implemented in official immigration policy or court rulings. However, in recent years we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients whose immigration process is delayed or refused due to a history of medical or mental problems. If you need help overcoming these types of challenges, feel free to contact us.

No proof of Jewish roots

In some cases providing evidence of your Jewish roots indeed becomes a challenging task. You may not have the requested documents, and you’re not familiar with any Jewish community that can vouch for your Jewish heritage. After all, there are other ways to overcome this obstacle. Contact us to discuss a solution.