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Returning Minor

Katin Chozer
קטין חוזר
Last updated: 02.07.2023
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If you were born in Israel or made Aliyah as a child and left Israel before the age of 14, you have a special status called Katin Chozer/Returning Minor. This is the list of documents that are required for a Katin Chozer in order to make Aliyah.

What You Will Need:

This document cannot be replaced by a marriage certificate or other proofs of identity. You can find more information on the apostille here.

If you were married more than once, you need to send all the civil certificates (not replaceable by the Ketubah or by the divorce decree). If you changed your name, you also need a certificate of change of name with apostille.

Your Israeli passport must be valid for at least another year.

You must submit a letter from a Rabbi stating your eligibility status including the legal names of both parents. This letter must meet strict conditions. If you converted to Judaism, you must send the conversion documents. You can find more details here.

As a Katin Chozer you must fill out the following form stating your exits and entries from/to Israel

You must prove that you resided outside of Israel since the age of 14. A proof can be a certificate of residence, a valid foreign passport, school documents or other evidences.

If you are under 30 years old, additional documents from your parents are required:

Your parents need to sign the following declaration (in Hebrew)

The proof must cover at least the past 5 years. If you are over 25 years old, you don’t need to submit this proof.

Send a form stating your parents’ entries and exits when you were between 14-18 years old

You must prove that your parents resided outside of Israel when you were between 14-18 years old.

Steps to Take:

Collect all the documents, make sure they are complete and upload them to your Aliyah portal. If you are already in Israel, you need to bring the original documents to Misrad HaPnim.

Important Note:

The State of Israel recognizes only 4 marital statuses: single, married, divorced, widowed. If your status is different, you need to check how it might influence the Aliyah process and benefits.

Additional documents may be required, especially if you are already in Israel and are making Aliyah via the Misrad HaPnim.