The social security institute – special services benefit
Special services benefit is for people who need a lot of help and very much dependant on other person in doing everyday life activities. This benefit has a direct connection to the option of a person to receive a permit to hire a foreign caregiver, although it is important to remember that you can enjoy the benefit without hiring a foreign caregiver.
Special services benefit applies in the following cases:
- A person receiving Dialysis treatment at least twice a week.
- A person that had an organ transplant or bone marrow transplant from a donor within six months from the transplant day, or a person that had a self bone marrow transplant within three months from the transplant day.
- Oncology patient receiving medical care out of a list authorized by disability memo 1926.
Receiving the benefit also depends on meeting the criteria below:
- Israeli citizen at the age of 18 up to retirement age.
- Receiving a disability benefit, and determined by the SSI medical disability of at least 75%.
- Not staying in an institute or a facility that is giving a medical / nursing / rehabilitation care.
A person that has the special services benefit from the SSI can apply to the Population and Immigration Authority in order to receive a permit to hire a foreign caregiver. The application can be done throughout the forms in the following link:
Hiring a foreign caregiver is only allowed after receiving a permit from the Interior ministry (Population and Immigration Authority), without such permit both employer and employee are breaking the law!