New immigrants from all countries are entitled to receive the Absorption Basket (sal klita). The Absorption Basket is the term used for financial assistance designed to aid you with initial expenditures, rent, and living expenses during the period of ulpan study.
At the airport you will receive a portion of the first payments in the following manner:
Absorption Basket: The first installment of the Absorption Basket is given to immigrants upon arrival at the airport, in order to facilitate initial arrangements. This payment is partly in cash, and partly in the form of a bank transfer, which can be deposited once you open a bank account.
Customs Grant: New immigrants from specific countries (the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Latin American, Asia, and the Middle East) are also entitled to a Customs Grant in place of Customs concessions. This payment is partly in cash, and partly in the form of a bank transfer, following the opening of a bank account. For more information, consult a personal absorption counselor at branch offices of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption.
Note that if you have children under the age of 18, you will also receive National Insurance Institute child allowances directly into your bank account. There is no need to file a claim for child allowances.
In order to receive the monthly payments, it is necessary to open an account at the bank of your choice, and to provide the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption with the account number. See the section on opening a bank account, below.
Note: for detailed information on eligibility for the Absorption Basket and the Customs Grant, consult the booklet entitled “Guide for the New Immigrant” or the pamphlet entitled “The Absorption Basket,” available from the Publications Department.