Israeli citizenship for fourth-generation grandchildren of Jews

  • Israeli visa
  • Israeli citizenship
  • Representing Employers and Employees in the court
  • The Nationality Law
  • The Law of Return
  • Asylum Seekers- Refugees
  • Visa /Citizenship for foreign spouse and partner
  • obtain Status for An Unmarried Foreign Spouse/ widowed or divorced
  • Service for Children of a Foreign Spouse of an Israeli Citizen
  • Family Reunification
  • Humanitarian visa
  •  Marriage between an Israeli and Foreign spouse
  • Divorce appeals
  • Petitions to the High Court of Justice
  • Administrative Appeals
  • Administrative Appeals Against the Ministry of Interior
  • Administrative Offenses
  • Representing political parties and municipalities
  • Compensation
  • Medical insurance -Bituah Leumi
  • Disputes between employers and employees
  • Representing  Employees
  • Representation of Employers
  • Legal advice for companies on employing foreign workers
  • Sell and buy properties 

When a Jewish grandchild migrates to Israel with his/her parents, he/she encounters many difficulties in obtaining recognition for immigrant status under the Law of Return or even under the Israeli Citizenship Act, as he/she is not Jewish according to the Jewish religion and under the Law of Return act, only till the third generation of grandchildren has the right to acquire citizenship in Israel. But what about the fourth generation – the grandchildren of the Jews? And who are they? 

It is important to remember that in the Jewish religion, the Jewish heritage goes with the mother according to the Jewish law, Halacha. If the applicant’s great-grandmother was Jewish and her children (the applicant’s grandparents) would be Jewish too, but when her children (the applicant’s grandparents) married a non-Jewish spouse.

  • Grandmother married a non-Jewish spouse, and her children (the applicant’s parents) will be Jews.
  • Grandfather married a non-Jewish spouse, and his children (the applicant’s parents) will not be Jews

Since the Jewish inheritance goes to the mother and none of the applicant’s grandmother and parents were Jews, the applicant would be called the fourth generation of Jewish grandchildren. See the diagram for a better understanding.

Jewish family tree

Required documents

  • Photos, age 1 to 18 years
  • Birth certificate in original and translated
  • Parent’s identity card and proof of Israeli citizenship
  • A foreign passport is valid for two years
  • Payment slips for application fees


In the Law of Return, the Israeli Ministry stated that only up to third-generation grandchildren of Jewish mothers can return to Israel and apply for citizenship through the naturalization process “Law of Return.” and it prevents great-grandchildren to acquire citizenship status in Israel. But the fourth generation can obtain Israeli citizenship through different procedures and it has some terms and conditions for the applicant and the applicant’s parents must follow them. 

  • The applicant (fourth generation) must be under 18 years of age and have migrated to Israel with their parents, while parents have been recognized as entitled to the law on the return of the agency. And parents submitted a request for repatriation to obtain citizenship.
  • the parents should not leave the child alone in Israel till he becomes an adult. For confirmation, the immigration authority asks the parents to present documents related to guardianship, travel history, and the school certificate of the applicant.

If the applicant is under 18 years of age, the immigration authority’s administrator will check and verify the application and documents. After checking the application, the applicant will be granted a temporary residence permit (A/9) for one year. And if the applicant is still under 18 years of age after the expiration of the one-year temporary residence permit, they would extend the temporary residence permit for another two years, a total of 3 years. During this period, the grandchildren must remain in Israel with at least one parent. For fact-checking, the applicant will need to submit entrances, exits, certificates from the school, etc. 

  • If the applicant is still a minor, his or her parents can apply for Israeli citizenship under section 5 of the Citizenship Act or apply for a permanent residence permit.
  • If the applicant is an adult, he/she can apply for citizenship together with his / her parents under section 9 of the Citizenship Act. 
  • If the applicant is married to an Israeli citizen, according to section 7 of the Citizenship Act, or ‌applies for a permanent residence permit according to his / her choice.