Government Programs

The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption

The Center for Integration in Science

Immigrant and returning resident scientists can obtain assistance in their integration in research and development from the Center for Integration in Science, whose goals include:

  • To facilitate the integration of the immigrant or returning resident scientist into the R&D system and academic research institutions in Israel.
  • To advise and guide scientists looking for work in Israel.
  • To help businesses and academic institutions in the market to Integrate immigrant and returning Israeli scientists.
  • To encourage the expansion of the R&D system in Israel while using the knowledge and experience that these scientists bring with them.
  • To participate with other government facilities in determining the policies concerning scientific personnel development in Israel.

  An returning resident who fulfills one of the following requirements: A. Degree: Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Work Experience: worked in research and development for at least three of the five years prior to immigration to Israel. Publications: published at least three scientific publications, or registered three patents in his name. B. Degree: M.Sc. or equivalent degree. Work Experience: worked in research and development for at least 4 of the 6 years prior to immigration. Publications: published at least three scientific publications, or registered three patents in his name. E. Degree: M.Sc. or equivalent degree up to the age of 37 who will be accepted as a research student in one of the universities. Comment: in cases of doubt concerning an equivalent degree, the Department for Evaluation of Diplomas of the Ministry of Education will determine the validity of degrees awarded by institutions of higher education abroad.

The Center for Integration in Science – Contact

Technology and exact sciences, phone 972-2-6214664

Social sciences and Hummanities, phone 972-2-6214596

Life sciences and Medicine, phone 972-2-6214631


The Center for Integration in Science
The Ministry of Aliyah and Integration
15 Hillel st.
Jerusalem 94581
Fax: 02-6214638​​

The Center for Integration in Science deals with immigrant or returning resident scientists as well as scientists prior to their immigration / return to Israel who have contact the Center from overseas. Documents Required for Registration:

  • CV of the scientist in English or Hebrew to be distributed among potential employers in Israel. List of scientific publications and patents registered by the scientist. Photocopy of the diploma (Masters and/or Ph.D)
  • Photocopy of pages 1 and 2 of your teudat oleh (for scientists who made aliyah) Returning resident abroad – must submit a returning resident questionnaire that can be obtained at all Israel embassies overseas

  How and Where Does One Register?

  • In Israel – at the national branch in the main office – see Addresses and Telephones Abroad – by post or by email.
  • Returning Resident Scientists – at Israeli consulates.
  • The Center will examine the candidate’s compliance with the definition of a scientist and will notify them as to whether their request has been accepted or not.

Based on this decision, the scientist will be included in the computerized database of the Center for Integration in Science. The scientist may present the approval of the Center regarding his eligibility to employers during his job search. Processing of the scientists’ requests will take place at the Center for Integration in Science in accordance with the fields of the scientists’ academic certification.

Program for Encouraging Research and Development Personnel to Return to Israel

Overview: The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption actively supports the return and absorption of Israelis residing overseas. The Ministry, through the auspices of the Center for Absorption in Science, assists returning residents scientists and R&D engineers in finding employment in the R&D sector. As part of the Ministry’s policy, the unique assistance programs for R& D personnel have recently been updated, and a new scholarship program has been instituted for Ph.D research students in order encourage their return.

Assistance Assistance includes counseling, guidance, and financial aid that is channeled to employers in order to partially finance researchers’ salaries. In this manner, Israelis residing overseas can avail themselves of the Center for Absorption in Science services prior to their return to Israel in order to find appropriate employment. Assistance from the Center for Absorption in Science consists of participation in salaries, channeled directly to employers, including the business and public sectors, and universities. Assistance for absorption in a university is according to one of the following tracks: As a researcher or lecturer receiving a salary from the university; assistance is for one year, with the possibility of spreading it over two years. As a research student (Ph.D candidate) receiving a scholarship from the university (for covering tuition fees and daily expenses); funding of half the scholarship for a three-year period. As a post-doctoral student receiving a scholarship from the university; funding of half of the scholarship for a two-year period.

Note! A scientist that is accepted to a senior academic faculty cannot receive assistance from the joint budget of the Budgeting and Planning Committee for Institutions of Higher Education.

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Business Entrepreneurship Department

​The Business Entrepreneurship Department supports and encourages immigrant entrepreneurs who are interested in establishing independent businesses. The Department cooperates with various public bodies in order to provide professional services to new immigrants wishing to operate independent businesses, and offers financial support for the establishment, acquisition, and expansion and consolidation of small businesses.

The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption operates a program for encouraging entrepreneurship. The program assists returning residents who are interested in establishing and developing a business and fulfilling an idea or a dream.

Goals of the Program: 

  • To provide assistance for examining and pinpointing the relative advantages of the new immigrant in the area of business
  • To enable individual career advancement through independent employment
  • To assist new immigrants in establishing new businesses
  • To assist in establishing and promoting existing businesses.


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  • Mapping of initial needs and assessments
  • Business model for establishing, planning, and/or developing an existing business
  • Assistance in preparing a business plan for funding
  • Assistance in preparing a business plan for a start up
  • Loans of up to NIS 125,000 with preferential conditions
  • Business advice and mentoring in areas such as entrepreneurship and taxes for establishing a business and for existing businesses
  • Enrichment workshops in a variety of topics


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The Israeli Houses

The Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption operates, through the embassies and consulates abroad, a unique project for maintaining contact with Israelis living outside Israel – the Israeli House. The main purpose is to offer counseling and guidance for those interested in returning home, and to provide personal support and counseling in planning the return.

At the “Israeli House” you will be able to obtain extensive information about the rights and assistance granted to returning residents, by filling out the registration form​ (Hebrew).

The coordinator of the Israeli House in your area can guide you on matters related to planning your return, such as the possibility of receiving assistance from the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Customs, National Insurance regulations and arranging for health insurance, assistance with employment, the IDF induction process, and more.

The coordinator of the local Israeli House can also refer questions in writing on your behalf to the Returning Residents Division regarding complex matters requiring examination, and can provide you with an authoritative answer. All this renders the Israeli House an important tool in implementing the national policy for promoting return to Israel.

The Israeli House, an extension of the State of Israel abroad, is a reliable and supportive source of information and help for any Israeli interested in returning home.

Another key role of the Israeli House is to serve as a meeting place for Israelis, where they can express their Israeli identity, in a Hebrew-speaking environment, and experience Israel’s public holidays and religious festivals by participating in social and cultural activities with an Israeli orientation.

These activities include:

  • Holiday celebrations
  • Lectures by well-known media, literary, and business figures
  • Appearances by local artists
  • Viewing of Israeli films, and more.

Today, 14 Israeli Houses operate throughout the world:

  • In the U.S.: New York, Washington, Boston, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
  • In Canada: Montreal and Toronto.
  • In Europe: Paris and London.
  • In Russia: Moscow.

The Israeli Houses – Contact

To consult an Israeli House coordinator, contact the consulate in the relevant city. For a list of coordinators, their telephone numbers, addresses and email addresses, see: List of Israeli House Coordinators (In Hebrew)​