Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.
I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.
Michael and Ariellah Waizman
For Advocate Joshua Pex.
We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.
The service is amazing! Always ready to assist without regard to the time it takes. The advice Mr. Pex gave us was great, such as what to do, he gave useful links, and advice about which officials to contact. The price for the service was great!
The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.
We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!
We have been working with Decker, Pex Ofir & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.
Best lawyer house from Israel! I couldn’t dealt with my situation without their professionalism and effectiveness. Their dedication to every legal aspect and their drive it’s how a true lawyer house can be!
Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.
I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.
A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!
Oded Ger did an excellent job by reviewing a modeling contract I was offered. Explained the bad clauses in the contract, and their possible consequences. Thank you for your amazing job, your professionalism, your consultation and honesty. You showed me from your experience how it can be done differently. It was the best decision choosing you as my lawyer.
I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.
Very knowledgeable and professional
We highly recommend Adv. Mike Decker and have know him for many years. He has helped our family with many battles over the years. We recently received our permanent residency after 23 years in Israel. We so much appreciate Mike’s representation of us.
Dongdiet & Nellie
We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.
We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.
The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them
We were searching for a law firm that will be honest with us and really work hard for a satisfying result, it wasn't an easy task
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Using them guaranteed honesty above all. A legal team that is friendly and cares for a superb result
They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.
I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.
We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.
The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.
Marce Ruth St. Rey
Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
The team at Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.
Alexander P Gutterman
EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
We were very satisfied with the service of Nehama. She was very professional in all her dealings and kept us informed all the way.
We highly recommend this law firm. They proved to be reliable, efficient and pleasant to work with.
Hundreds of thousands of Israelis are entitled to a Polish passport thanks to their Polish roots. This article will present in detail the ways you can know whether you are entitled to a Polish passport. This often depends on the years in which you or your ancestors left Poland. Like many Eastern European countries, Poland has officially joined the European Union (in 2004). Polish citizens can enjoy exclusive benefits which will also be detailed in this article.
Our law office specializes in obtaining Polish citizenship for Jews. Our office has a well-developed practice regarding the issuance of Eastern European citizenships, such as Bulgarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Hungarian and more. We can also help you find documents that attest to the past citizenship or residence of your ancestors in the Polish state.
Polish citizenship for Jews
Polish citizenship law is based on the “right of blood”, “Jus sanguinis“. That is; if you are of Polish descent, you may obtain Polish citizenship and passport on this basis.
You do not have to be born in Poland to apply for Polish citizenship. In fact, there is no limit to the number of generations that separate you from your Polish ancestors (unlike many other citizenships).
Polish citizenship law is considered extremely flexible. If you have Polish roots you are probably eligible to become a citizen even if you have never visited Poland and / or don’t speak Polish. You do not even have any obligation to come to Poland in order to hold a Polish passport.
However, there is one condition – we need to check whether the Polish citizenship was passed from one generation to the next, without a missing generation in the chain. The method of verification is a complex process, as a result of the citizenship law changing several times.
Who is eligible to receive a Polish passport?
It should be noted that Poland gained its independence in 1918. The first citizenship law was passed in 1920. The first question to ask is; when did your ancestors emigrate from Poland – before or after 1920? If after 1920, then we can know that they immigrated as citizens of Poland. If they emigrated before 1920, we must check whether they are considered Polish citizens according to the 1920 law.
For various reasons, over the years the Polish state has not accepted the idea of dual citizenship for its citizens. In some cases the acquisition of foreign citizenship would have led to the loss of Polish citizenship. In this way the acquisition of foreign citizenship in Poland could be interpreted as ineffective for a number of reasons. For example, a person of the appropriate age to enlist in military service (which can be up to the age of 50) and in the case of officers up to the age of 60.
If the naturalization took place after 1951, without official approval from the Polish authorities, this would not normally serve as an obstacle to the receipt of the application.
What is required for an initial verification of your eligibility?
- Date of immigration
- Family tree with important dates – date of birth, marriage and naturalization.
- List of documents we will need for the success of the application:
- Proof that at least one of your ancestors was a Polish citizen. A Polish passport, identity card, military records, birth or marriage certificate or any other official documentation will constitute proper proof of your eligibility.
- Necessary records showing family ties with the Polish family member (birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, etc.)
Many who wish to obtain Polish citizenship do not have all the necessary documents. However, this is not a reason to give up. If you have enough information, there is a good chance that lost documents will be recovered with the help of a genealogist.
What are the options for receiving Polish citizenship?
The most common process is applying for citizenship. Ultimately, the official decision is made by the Polish authorities, by a statement that you are a Polish citizens by reason of origin. You will then receive the documents through which it will be easy for you to obtain an official identity card or passport.
If the decision has been made that your family has lost Polish citizenship, there are other options available. You can apply for the restoration of lost citizenship.
Both processes, namely citizenship approval and recovery focus on citizenship. There are people who are unable to present citizenship status even though they are descendants of Poles. This is where we enter the picture – by understanding the connection of one of your parents or grandparents or two of your great grandparents, we can know if a Polish identity has been preserved in the family.
According to the law, the process for those with Polish roots is considered simple. Polish roots grant you permanent residency status in Poland. After one year of residence in Poland you will undergo a Polish language test. If you pass the test, you will be recognized as a Polish citizen.
If you are unable to obtain Polish citizenship and do not wish to claim citizenship based on your roots, residence or language, your last option is to appeal to the President of Poland to grant you Polish citizenship. Please note – unlike the previous options, the decision to grant citizenship is based on discretion, therefore, if your application is denied you can not appeal the decision.
Keep in mind that the best arguments with which you can build a successful application are first and foremost personal benefits / virtues.
Polish passport benefits:
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, Poland is a member of the EU and therefore its citizens can enjoy many benefits which are exclusive to the citizens of the EU countries. The following are some of the highlights of a long list.
Residence – Polish citizens are allowed to live in all EU countries permanently and indefinitely. These are countries such as the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Spain. There are a total of 27 EU countries which make up the majority of the European economy.
Investing in a business or real estate – You can start a business or buy real estate. Due to the fact that you have a European passport, you will not be subject to various restrictions on their purchase and in some cases you will even receive financial assistance in starting a business from the local authorities.
Relocation and employment – Polish citizens can work in all EU countries legally and without a time limit.
Entry into countries that Israelis cannot enter – along with the possibility of entering the EU countries without the need for a visa, you can enter various countries, especially in the Middle East or South America, countries that Israelis do not have access to.
Freedom of movement – a permanent option of movement throughout the EU countries and in the countries that are signatories to the Schengen Convention (even in non-EU countries such as Switzerland, Ireland, Romania, Iceland, etc.).
Academic studies – As citizens of the Union, you can study in advanced countries such as Germany, Italy, France and more. You can study at the highest academic institutions in Europe under the eligibility for a variety of scholarships.
Consular protection – Consular protection under European consulates in areas where there is no Polish or Israeli consulate.
Contact Us – Polish Passport for Jews – Polish Citizenship for Jews
Our law office specializes in the process of immigration and obtaining passports to many countries. Our office has an international team that can assist you with the bureaucratic process, notarized translation, apostille stamp and all the paperwork required to obtain the Polish passport. For more details, contact us: