The Israeli missions abroad provide Israeli citizens and/or Israeli residents staying abroad with some of the services required by the provisions of the Population Registration Law, 5725 - 1965, The Names Law, 5716 -1956 and The Crime Register and Rehabilitation of Offenders Law, 5741 -1981.
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The Israel Nationality Law of 1952 establishes that the acquisition of an Israeli citizenship is possible only under the following clauses:
1. Return (cl. 2)
2. Residence (cl. 3)
3. Birth (cl. 4)
4. Birth and Residence (cl. 4a)
5. Naturalization (cls. 5-8)
6. Grant (cl. 9)
Israeli citizenship is granted to those fulfilling one of the first three conditions above.
Those fulfilling one of the last three conditions above are obliged to submit a request and meet the criteria for eligibility.
Israeli citizens staying abroad for more than a year must register with the Israeli mission once a year (see the instructions regarding the obligation to register on the inside back cover of the passport).
In order to register a child who was born abroad to Israeli citizens, one of the Israeli parents must appear in person before the diplomatic / consular representative at the mission and implement the registration process, during which the following will be required:
If it is necessary to obtain a birth certificate translated into English, an application must be submitted in advance.
Inquiries should be made with the Consular Department at the mission after four to six weeks as to whether the certificate has arrived.
Under Section 15 of the Citizenship Law, 5712 -1952 (Consolidated Version), an Israeli citizen is entitled to receive a certificate from the Minister of the Interior attesting to his Israeli citizenship. The certificate can be obtained in Hebrew and English, as well as the date on which citizenship was conferred. Those interested in the latter must note that separately.
Important: All fields must be filled out on the form. A line must be drawn through fields that are not relevant in order to show that they are not relevant and that is why they were not filled in.
The certificate is usually received within eight to twelve weeks.
A person who stayed in Israel for a period of time and is required by the government of another country or a foreign institution to provide certification of the lack of a criminal record / pending criminal case (certificate of good conduct), may submit an application to the Israel Police through the Israeli mission. Under the law, the certificate is not given to the applicant but rather transferred to the official entity that requested it. The certificate is issued by the Israel Police.
The applicant should arrive to the Israeli mission in person and present to the consular section the following documents:
The certificates will arrive at the mission between four and eight weeks after submission of the application and will be sent by registered mail directly to the institution that requested it. After four weeks, inquiries can be made by telephone to the Consular Department at the mission regarding the status of the certificate.
If it is necessary to translate the certificate into the local language, see the list of translators in the chapter on General Information.
In order to receive information on a traveler please fill out the form "Request for Information on a Traveler" (click here to download) and submit it signed to the mission's consular department. The request will be forwarded to the relevant authority in Israel.