A couple years before I was born my dad made aliya. Then he got married in
Israel, and my mom (not an Israeli citizen) went to the states where I was
born. 6 months later, my parents returned to Israel, where my sister was
born and when I was about 2 1/2, my family returned to the states. My mom
never became an Israeli citizen. At the beginning of the school year before
this one I started learning in an Israeli College. This year, when applying
for my student visa I was told that I am an Israeli citizen and that I
cannot leave the country without an Israeli passport. I am currently 22 and
will be turning 23 on new years. Also, Looking at my tourist visa stamped
on my entry Oct 12, I see a # handwritten above it. This # checks out to be
a # vaild as a mispar zehut. Next to this # is written ayin/aleph - probably
stands for ezrach oleh. I'm pretty sure that the misrad hapnim wrote that in
I spoke to nefesh bnefesh what I can do about this, and they told me that I
have a status of either an ezrach oleh or a katin chozer. In either case,
they require me to travel to and from Israel on an Israeli passport. This
does not mean I have made "aliya" yet, however thats what they want me to
do. However the fine print is that I have to get the passport before I get
to israel. However, since I am here already, they
will force me to make aliya now. Supposedely they wont let me leave the
country without this. Now even if I get through, when I come back I could be
jailed for avoiding army.... If i dont get through, I could either be held
and miss my non-refundable flight, and maybe jailed... who knows.
If I'm an ezrach oleh than I am eligible for some sort of sal klita,
however, since I've been in Israel too long, its most likely that I've
already lost that. However I've heard that being in college doesn't count
toward this limit on how long you can be in the country...
Likewise, considering I will now be forced to "make aliya" this will either
be counted as from when i got here ( when I was 20) or from now - i'm 22.
This changes things in army service - from what i heard from 2 years to 6
months. Also I heard that they might deffer army till I finish school.. but
Basically what I'm thinking of doing is to "lose" my passport, try to leave
the country without a problem and deal with this when I get back a couple of
months from now. I want to know if anyone has had the same or similar
experience and what advice they can give.
Someone told me that they knew someone who was let out of the country with a
fight... but when he came back they took him straight to army basic
If anyone has any information they think might help me, whether its about
amount of army i have to do, defferment of army till after school, college
counting/not counting towards being in the country for aliya benefits/army
service.., and likeliness of me getting away with not having to deal with
this at least till I come back to the country or longer.
Please email any info to gokartsrus@...
Thanx so much for your help :-)