In most cases, the funds that you will be receiving from the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and other sources of assistance for immigrants will be transferred directly into your bank account. For this reason, it is essential that you open an account at a local bank as soon as possible after acquiring new immigrant status, and that you provide your personal absorption counselor with your account number. Be sure to bring the following items to the bank:
Te’udat oleh (immigrant certificate).
Te’udat zehut (identity card), or certification of registration in the Population Registry that you received at the airport.
The form for opening a bank account that you received at the airport. Check with the bank for more details.
Note: Levels of assistance are usually based on your family status. Married couples must open a joint bank account if they wish to receive amounts for which families are eligible. In order to open a joint account, you and your spouse will need to go to a bank together and present the documents listed above. In the event that one spouse is unable to appear at the bank, the other will need to secure power of attorney.