Claude Lee Massey

3 Tips for Going to Misrad Hapnim in Tel Aviv

Firstly, Misrad Hapnim is Israel’s Ministry of the Interior.  This is the government office responsible for:

  • Citizenship (including change of status to Oleh)
  • Israeli ID cards
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Visas

Please note:

  • Services are available by appointment only.
  • All Misrad Hapnim branches are closed on Wednesday mornings.
  • Soldiers (in uniform) can be processed without an appointment.
  • Each Misrad Hapnim Branch serves ONLY the residents of its own region.

Lets Get Into it.

Whether you are thinking about moving to Tel Aviv from another part of the world, live/work in Tel Aviv currently, or if you have worked in Tel Aviv in the past… you probably have visited the Misrad Hapnim (משרד הפנים) offices.

As someone who has lived in Tel Aviv Israel for 10+ years, I want to help you!… 

Going to the Misrad Hapnim offices is a time-consuming event, and I wand to save you time, effort, and energy.  Therefore, I created this list of 3 tips for going to Misrad Hapnim in Tel Aviv

1. Be Practical

In order to have a successful visit to the Misrad Hapnim office in Tel Aviv, you will need to come early to your appointment.  Moreover, It can be VERY crowded, and you will need to pass several security “stops” on the way into the offices.

Research the best way to arrive to the office ahead of time and plan for your whole visit to take a few hours.  There might be delays and I recommend to stay practical.  Similarly, don’t schedule any important things around your trip to the Misrad Hapnim offices.

Here is a little advice on practicality:

Take responsibility.  For instance, realistic hope involves taking steps to achieve the goals you want, instead of just waiting for good things to happen to you.  In addition, research has found that people who take responsibility for their choices and believe in their own self-control tend to do better at overcoming their difficulties.

2. Be Prepared

Here is some important, additional information:

The Address: 125 Derech Menachem Begin

The Phone Number:  +972-03-7632523

The Hours of Operation for All Services: 

  • Sunday:  8:00am – 12:00pm  , Mon, Tue, Thursday : 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Monday:  8:00am – 12:00pm , 14:30pm – 17:00pm
  • Tuesday:  8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Wednesday:  13:30pm – 17:00pm
  • Thursday:  8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Friday:  Closed
  • Saturday:  Closed

Misrad Hapnim Tel Aviv Visa Department Hours:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00am – 12:00pm

To Schedule an Appointment at the Misrad Hapnim Tel Aviv Visa Department, Click this Link: 

3. Be Patient

Many of you believe in a higher power and that if you need to grow in some way, this higher power would provide you the opportunity.   Therefore, tor those of you that think this way…  be glad the opportunity shall arise.

In order to have a successful visit to the Misrad Hapnim office in Tel Aviv, you will need LOTS of patience.

Here is what you should do if you are at the Misrad Hapnim office in Tel Aviv, and you start to feel impatient while waiting:

Take 5 deep breaths to slow your heart rate down.  Importantly, Close your eyes and inhale deeply into your belly.  Hold it for a second, the let the air out slowly.

Feel your body calm down and let that physical relaxation flow into your mind, soothing your impatient thoughts.  In conclusion, taking a few deep breaths will force you to slow down before you say or do anything rash.

Good Luck!

-Claude Lee Massey

About the Author
A Los Angeles native who made Aliyah 10+ years ago, Claude Lee Massey is a Life Coach and Career Consultant with a focus on helping new immigrants in Israel. Mr. Massey is also a “how-to” blogger, video content creator, and the author of two books: “Sell, I Dare You!” and "The Candlelit Road" - available on Amazon.
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