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.
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.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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!!!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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When does the Israeli Ministry of Interior begin the process of cancelling someone’s citizenship? Our law firm specializes in immigration law and legal status in Israel. In previous articles, we explained how to voluntarily renounce Israeli citizenship and the circumstances of the expiry of permanent residence.
In the current article we review the various ways and reasons that the Israeli Minister of Interior and/or the Court for administrative matters may revoke the citizenship of an Israeli citizen.
Revocation of Israeli citizenship That Was Obtained Based on False Information
Section 11 of the Israeli Citizenship Law of 1952, after Amendment 9 was added, and in its current version, stipulates that the Minister of Interior is authorized to cancel the Israeli citizenship of anyone who has obtained this citizenship, in the opinion of the Minister, based on false information, within three years of them having acquired it.
If the citizen had acquired their citizenship more than three years before it was discovered that they provided false information, the Minister of Interior may request the Court for administrative matters to cancel the citizenship that was acquired based on false information.
You can learn more about cancellation of Israeli citizenship acquired based on false information and/or fraud in the linked article on revoking Israeli citizenship obtained under false pretenses.
Cancellation of Citizenship Due to Breach of Loyalty to the State of Israel
The Court for administrative matters may, at the request of the Minister of Interior, cancel the citizenship of an Israeli citizen if the citizen has committed an act which is considered a breach of loyalty to the State of Israel.
The Israeli Citizenship Law defines a “breach of loyalty to the State of Israel” as any of the following actions:
- An act of terrorism as defined in the Counter-Terrorism Law of 2016, including assistance, solicitation, or taking an active part in a terrorist organization, as a terror organization is defined in the Counter-Terrorism Law;
- An act of betrayal under Sections 97-99 of the Penal Law of 1977, or serious espionage under Section 113(b) of the Penal Law;
Regarding these sections (and other sections of the Penal Law), the court at which the criminal case is being heard may cancel the citizen’s citizenship as an additional sanction to existing sanctions, provided that they hold a foreign citizenship and will not be left with no citizenship (if they reside in Israel). If the criminal has no other citizenship and they reside in Israel, they will be granted permanent residency. If they do not permanently reside in Israel, it is presumed that they hold a foreign citizenship.
- Obtaining citizenship or permanent residency or permanently settlement in one of the following countries: Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, or the Gaza Strip.
However, in any of the above cases, to initiate the cancellation of someone’s Israeli citizenship due to a breach of loyalty to the State of Israel, the written consent of the Attorney General is required.
Legal Proceedings for Canceling a Citizenship – Holding a Hearing in Absentia
Legal proceedings for canceling a citizenship usually require the presence of the citizen, unless a notice has been sent in accordance with the relevant rules governing summons delivery.
Nevertheless, the court may order that the hearing be held not in the presence of the citizen if he cannot be summoned according to the relevant rules governing summons delivery, and otherwise if a substituted service of summons was used in accordance with the relevant rules governing substituted service.
If the aforementioned citizen is outside the borders of the State of Israel, the court may order, at the citizen’s request, that the hearing be held virtually through real-time audio-visual communication. A hearing held in this manner is considered as a hearing held in the presence of the citizen.
As a rule, if the hearing is held not in the presence of the citizen, the court shall appoint an attorney to represent the citizen’s interests and rights under the Legal Aid Law of 1972, unless the court believes that the lack of an attorney will not lead to a miscarriage of justice.
Of course, whether or not the citizen is in Israel, he may independently appoint an attorney to represent his interests and rights in the Court for administrative matters.
Preventing a Citizen from Entering Israel Due to a Risk to National Security or Public Safety
In addition, the court may, at the request of the Minister of Interior, prohibit the entry into Israel of the aforementioned citizen if he is a real danger to the public or to the State, in accordance with the various conditions set forth in the Israeli Citizenship Law.
A Citizen Whose Citizenship Has Been Canceled in Absentia May Appeal to Court
If the Court for administrative matters decides, not in the presence of the citizen, to cancel his citizenship, he may submit a request to cancel the decision within 45 days from time when he was notified. The Court for administrative matters may outright reject such a request.
If the Court for administrative matters does not outright reject the request, the Court will hold a hearing before the parties. However, the Court may prohibit the entry of the citizen to Israel, in accordance with the various conditions set forth in the Israeli Citizenship Law.
Deviation from the Rules of Evidence in Proceedings for Canceling Citizenship for Security Reasons
The Court for administrative matters may deviate from the ordinary rules of evidence, and may even allow non-disclosure of evidence to a citizen, if the court is convinced that the disclosure will infringe on State security, foreign relations, or any other important public interest, and that non-disclosure rather than disclosure of the evidence is what will bring justice.
Date of Canceling the Citizenship
According to Section 11(f) of the Israeli Citizenship Law, the citizenship is considered as canceled only after the end of the period during which a notice of appeal may be filed, or after a later date set by the Court.
Civil Obligations of a Person Whose Citizenship Has Been Canceled
A person whose Israeli citizenship has been canceled is not exempt from previous responsibilities and obligations that he had as an Israeli citizen.
Summary – Contact a Lawyer Specializing in Immigration to Israeli
It is recommended that anyone whose Israeli citizenship is in danger of being canceled consult a lawyer who specializes in immigration to Israel – specifically, an Israeli lawyer who is knowledgeable in the procedures required when attempts are being made to cancel citizenship vis-à-vis the relevant bodies in the State of Israel.
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