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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
Great lawyers Joshua Pex and Nechama and Michael Deker who really want to help you and I have very trustful relationships with them. All my cases they took they won. Thank you and let’s keep working together
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
Sergei m Vashkevich
We came to Mr. Joshua with so many questions (and most of all, with so many concerns and worries) …
When we explained our case to him, first of all, he calmed us down and helped us to see the big picture, which took away our fears;
Then he presented us with a detailed explanation and a few options to explore, and a timeline, how things work and necessary steps to undertake on our part,
We thank and highly recommend Mr. Joshua for showing us so much empathy, care and professionalism (!)
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.
We (myself and my husband) came to Mr. Joshua Pex – for his professional advice – and we received such human warmth and caring attitude, that our hearts melted …
His attention to our details and our situation peculiarities, combined with his professionalism and knowledge, helped us to map out what needs to be done on our part: we appreciate and recommend You, Mr. Joshua!
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.
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
We found them online; they were the only law firm from all of our searchings which were completely honest and NOT gave us just what we wanted to hear
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
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
The team at Decker, Pex & 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
I cannot recommend Nechama enough! Her expertise, professionalism, and dedication to her clients is unparalleled. From the moment I reached out to her, she provided clear and concise communication, and helped me navigate through a complex legal issue with ease.
Throughout the entire process, Nechama went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable with every decision. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law, and was able to offer sound advice that ultimately led to a positive outcome.
What sets Nechama apart is her compassionate and empathetic approach to her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and it shows in the way she handles every case.
If you are in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend Nechama.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 & 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 & 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 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.
Michael and Ariellah Waizman
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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 & 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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
The foreign-worker population in Israel numbers tens of thousands of workers staying lawfully in Israel, many of whom wish to travel abroad for various reasons. It is very important to know that foreign workers who wish to leave Israel and subsequently return must first obtain a re-entry visa. If they do not, they will be refused entry upon their return. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the severe consequences that foreign workers may encounter when leaving Israel without a permit. Below we explain about the permit and the procedure for handling requests to leave Israel.
Our law firm, which has branches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in immigration to Israel and in providing a comprehensive legal solution to foreign workers and their Israeli employers. Our lawyers are very experienced in assisting foreign workers in various legal matters, from the very first stage of arranging the initial entry and work visas required for employing foreign workers and, subsequently, dealing regularly with all the other legal matters, including arranging the legal status of foreign workers, assisting with work contracts, and extending stays in Israel.
Re-Entry of Foreign Workers Into Israel—Only According to Special Regulations
According to recent data from the Population and Immigration Authority, the foreign-worker population in Israel numbers more than 100,000 individuals today, who come from around the world, especially Far Eastern and Eastern European countries. Most of the foreign workers in Israel are employed in the nursing field. Other main fields in which foreign workers are employed are construction, agriculture, manufacturing, restaurants, and hotels. There are also several thousand foreign experts who are employed in Israel due to their unique knowledge in specific areas.
Foreign workers from all branches of employment often need to leave Israel during their stay. Some wish to go visit their family, others need to arrange urgent official matters in their homeland, and so on. Whatever the reason is, the law stipulates that foreign workers must obtain a re-entry visa before leaving Israel. If a foreign worker leaves Israel without arranging to receive such a permit vis-à-vis the Israeli authorities, the worker may be refused entry upon their return.
This visa is granted according to special regulations stipulated by the Population and Immigration Authority. The purpose of the regulations is to handle re-entry visa requests by foreign workers who are lawfully staying in Israel and wish to leave for a vacation abroad or to visit their country of origin.
Unfortunately, many foreign workers, and even their employers, are not always aware of the need to receive a re-entry visa for the foreign workers to be allowed to return to Israel. Individuals who do not obtain a visa in advance may find themselves unable to return to Israel, and they may even receive sanctions such as being barred from entry for years or decades. Therefore, it is necessary to know what the regulations are, arrange a re-entry visa for foreign workers in advance, and, if necessary, use the help of a lawyer who specializes in immigration to Israel and can fully and properly take care of your request.
What Are the Requirements for Receiving a Re-Entry Visa to Israel, According to the Regulations?
The regulations have been updated several times since they were first put into place. The most recent version of the regulations requires foreign workers to physically arrive at their local Population Authority offices to apply for a re-entry permit. Foreign nursing workers must arrive with the nursing patient who employs them or with a relative of the nursing patient.
Foreign workers in other fields of employment are not required to come with their employer, but they must present a letter by their employer approving their exit and re-entry into Israel and their subsequent continued employment in Israel. The letter must include the reason for leaving Israel and the planned exit and re-entry dates.
Besides the letter of approval (or presence of the employer, in the case of nursing workers), the foreign worker must fill out an AS1 request form (downloadable here). The regulations stipulate a list of additional documents that must be presented when filing the application. These include, inter alia, a passport valid for at least one year from the date of departure, a permit to stay in Israel (usually a B1 visa granted to foreign workers), and an up-to-date passport photo. If the worker’s stay visa is valid for less than 90 days, their matter will be decided by the population office manager.
How Is the Application Examined After It Is Filed?
After submitting the application and the accompanying documents, the application is examined by the population officials. As stated above, if the foreign worker’s stay visa is valid for less than 90 days from the date of application, the application will be examined by the population office manager. Although the population officials are authorized to provide a substitute worker for employers of foreign nursing workers when these workers are out of the country, providing such a substitute worker does not constitute a condition for approving the foreign worker’s request to leave the country. If the request is approved, a re-entry visa (referred to as an inter-visa) will be issued for the foreign worker and put into their passport. If the request is denied, the foreign worker will be notified about the denial.
What Are the Rules for Leaving Israel Once Approval Is Received?
Re-entry visas are generally only valid for one back-and-forth flight. This means that the visa may only be used to leave Israel once. To leave Israel a second time, the whole process must be started over. In addition, according to Section 3 of the regulations, except in rare cases, the visa will be valid for 90 days at most, which will be included in the 63-month period that foreign workers are allowed to lawfully stay in Israel.
What Can You Do If Your Request Is Refused?
The regulations allow population officials who examine the re-entry request to deny it, for any reason. Although the request is generally approved and the foreign workers are allowed to leave Israel and subsequently return, it is important to know what you can do if your request is denied. First of all, you can appeal the decision—there exist special regulations for internal appeals. These appeal regulations stipulate that the appeal must be filed immediately, and no later than 21 days after the decision. The appeal must be filed at the Population Authority offices where the application was submitted.
If the appeal is rejected, an external appeal may be filed with the appeals court under the Entry Into Israel law. In this case, too, it is important to act quickly, since the law stipulates that the appeal may only be submitted within 30 days of the decision that is being appealed. The appeals court will discuss the decision and decide whether to accept the appeal, which will allow the foreign worker to receive a re-entry visa to Israel, or reject the appeal. The court is also authorized to decide that the Population Authority must re-examine the application.
Can the Rejection of the Application Be Further Appealed at Court?
Yes. It is possible to file an administrative appeal against an appeals court decision if your appeal is rejected. This appeal must be filed with the court for administrative matters. Note that, in some cases, although the formal regulations do not allow re-entry into Israel, the court may deviate from the regulations and allow re-entry. For example, in a recent case, the court for administrative matters accepted the appeal of a nursing patient and her foreign worker in the matter and decided to allow the foreign worker to re-enter Israel.
The ruling, which was given in May 2021, dealt with a Moldovan foreign nursing worker who stayed in Israel from 2015 for five years, nursing a patient who was in her 80s. The patient suffered from severe sickness and advanced Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the fact that the worker left Israel and apparently finished working for the nursing patient, a request was submitted to allow her to return to Israel and continue nursing the patient. The reason was that no other worker was found to replace her, due to the lack of nursing workers in Israel following the COVID-19 pandemic, among other factors.
The court ruled that this case could be considered exceptional and, although the request did not meet the formal requirements, humane concerns and the general situation required deviating from the normal regulations and allowing the worker to re-enter Israel and continue nursing the patient who employed her.
This ruling is one of the complex cases in which the help of the court is needed, which bases its rulings on pure justice in response to the issue at hand. The ruling shows that there may be cases in which, although the Population Authority refuses to allow re-entry into Israel, it is possible to go to court for a solution, even in cases that deviate from the standard regulations.
In this article, an immigration lawyer from our firm has explained about the regulations for re-entry of foreign workers into Israel. For any questions you may have or assistance you may need, you are welcome to contact a lawyer from our firm. We specialize in immigration, and our lawyers have extensive legal experience in issues relating to foreign workers. We will gladly provide you with a comprehensive legal solution on this matter and any other issue. You can contact a lawyer from our offices via the phone numbers and email address listed below.