According to Israel’s Defense Law, service in the IDF is obligatory. This law applies to:
- Citizens of the State of Israel, whether they are residing in Israel or abroad, even if they have another nationality.
- Permanent residents of Israel, even if they are not Israeli citizens.
military authorities have authorized Consulates abroad to perform
certain services pertaining to military service. These include
determining if one is obligated to serve in the army, verifying
information on army service, and granting deferments. For all other
matters such as reserves (Miluim), or physical examinations for
draftees, you must contact the IDF authorities in Israel directly. The
website of the IDF - Human Resources http://www.aka.idf.il/giyus/main/.
Every Israeli citizen, including those born abroad, must establish their army status at the age of 17.
entering Israel, every citizen above the age of 17 is required to show
proof of his or her military status. One’s army status is determined by
his or her obligation to serve in the IDF and eligibility for a
deferment or release from the service. You can verify your army status
through the Consulate.
As a general rule, an Israeli citizen who
has left Israel with both of his/ her parents before the age of 14 (this
age may be subject to change by the Israeli authorities) or a child
born abroad to an Israeli parent (whose family has not returned to live
in Israel) is eligible for an army deferment (not exemption). An
army deferment means that the individual does not need to serve in the
military as long as he/ she is residing outside of Israel.
Please Note: it is important that you secure this exemption between the age of 17 - 19.
you are eligible for the deferment, upon review and confirmation of
your status, you will be provided with a written notice that your
obligation to serve is deferred for as long as you reside abroad with
your parents, and you are permitted to visit Israel every year under
To determine whether you are eligible for the deferment, the following is required:
1. Once you are 16 and a-half years old, fill out both application forms, both forms should be signed by the applicant. [Registration and Personal Request form (Number 7202) and Request for Deferment form(Number 7325)]. (http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfaheb/sherut/tfasim/
Present all of your and your parent’s Israeli and Canadian passports.
The passports must cover the time period between your 12th birthday and
the day you come to the Consulate. The passports are required as
evidence of the amount of days you and your parents resided in or
visited Israel. You will need to prove that you or your parents have not
resided in Israel since you were 14 years old.
3. If you are not a Canadian citizen submit your visa or Permanent Resident card.
Submit an original letter from your middle and high school proving that
you are/were a student (Transcripts won't be accepted). This should
cover the ages of 14-17.
Please make sure to bring all the necessary documents to avoid unnecessary delays.
If applicant is more than 19 years old,
Please Note that deferments of this type are bound to the decision of
the military authorities in Israel and not the Consulate. This process
might take approximately 8 weeks.
If you left Israel after you turned 16, you may be able to defer military service until completion of your high-school studies and applied for only one year in college.
Submit the following:
1. Your passport.
2. Registration and Personal Request form(Number 7202) and (Number 7325).
Present all of your and your parents Israeli and foreign passports
(Israeli, Canadian and/or any nationality you might hold), including old
and new passports.
4. Submit an original letter from your
academic institution (college or university) stating the day of
enrollment and the date the last day of studies.
original letters from your parents' employers and a letter from your
parents that explains their reason for staying here.
6. Application for a new passport or passport extension- see 'New Passport' or 'Passport Extension' Please note: deferments
of this type are bond to the decisions of the military authorities in
Israel, the Consulate does not have any part in making these decisions.