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Posts by Joshua Pex

State sponsored Giyur for non-residents of Israel

State sponsored Giyur allows non-Jewish foreign citizens to convert into Judaism. The converts are also considered Jewish in terms of the Law of Return and therefore are eligible to immigrate to Israel. This form of immigration is open to non-Jewish citizens and residents of Israel (who are not Palestinians or East Jerusalem residents). However, those who…

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The B-5 investment visa in Israel for US citizens

The B-5 investment visa, implemented in May 2019, allows US citizens to invest in a business venture in Israel and obtain legal status in Israel. The investors and their families can live and work in Israel while the business is active. The visa is applicable even to foreign citizens who are not entitled to Aliyah…

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Unaccompanied minors traveling abroad from Israel – Parental approval

Unaccompanied minors traveling abroad without having both their parents with them present a legally sensitive issue for border control and immigration authorities at airports and border crossings. Parents who want to send their children abroad accompanied by relatives and friends must ensure their documents are in order. Border control officials at the Ben-Gurion Airport and…

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“No religion” registration in the Israeli Population Registry

How to change one’s registry entry to “devoid of religion”? A “no religion” registration in the Israeli public records registry is a fundamentally different process than a regular alteration of the religion and nationality clause. The change in registration to “religion-less” is essentially a declarative step. It is adopted mainly by Israeli citizens who support…

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B-5 visa – Israeli Investor Visa for USA citizens

Do you want to obtain legal status in Israel as an American foreign investor? The B-5 visa – the first Israeli investment visa for citizens of the USA – was approved back in 2014, but only implemented on the 1st of May 2019. In addition to it’s role in encouraging investment in the Israeli economy,…

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Inheritance in Israel when the testator dies abroad

What is the process by which heirs inherit property in Israel when the testator dies abroad? Inheritance in Israel of property that was willed by a person residing outside Israel, is a two-stage process. First, the law of the country in which the testator resided must determine the rightful heirs. Next, the conclusion of the…

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Israeli Entry permit for visa-exempt citizens

Visitors to Israel from visa-exempt countries who still require a visa Entry permit for visa-exempt citizens. Visitors who come to Israel from countries that do not require an entry permit are sometimes still asked to acquire a visa in advance. Who needs an advance permit to enter Israel, despite being the citizen of a “visa-free”…

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Short Term Foreign Expert Visa to Israel

Do you need to urgently bring a foreign worker to Israel? A short term foreign expert visa to Israel can be obtained more easily than a regular work visa. The Ministry of the Interior has a procedure which allows a foreign expert who specializes in a unique field to enter Israel for a short period.…

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Immigration to Israel – Entry and status in Israel

Immigration to Israel – the right to receive legal status in Israel. Since the 1990s, the state of Israel has become an attractive destination for Jewish immigrants, foreign workers and anyone wishing to relocate and settle in Israel. In addition to Jews or descendants of Jews entitled to make Aliyah based on the law of…

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