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Entry visa to Israel for commercial and employment purposes (important legal information)

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Sophie Cooperman

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.

Shurouq Hajyassin

We were very satisfied with the consultation we had.
You were very straightforward with us , You tried to help us in every way you could . we really appreciate that.
And of course the fast reply we got from you on our emails and the appointment you gave us .
You deserve more than 5 stars????

Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

Greg Olson

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.

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.

Israel iluz

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.

Gáspár Erőss

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.


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.

Morgan Jones

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!

Shaltiel Devorah

Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.


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.

Esty A

I had a consultation with Batya and she was very helpful. She made sure I understood all the information I needed, and was patient with me in gathering documents I needed.

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.

Heather Lebrun

Paul Prince

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.

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.

Genaan Abdelall

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.

Stuart Safft

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.

Josh W-S

The firm had a quick response to my last-minute needs, they were helpful in communicating with me in English, and they fulfilled my needs in a timely fashion.

Tomer Hila Birnbach

I received a recommendation from friends about the firm, and indeed every word is correct, a service team, professional, welcoming, a fair price for the work I requested, I am satisfied

lynn vonne

Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.

Andreas Kelling

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.

Lauma Zariņa

This is definitely the best lawyer I know!!! very honest and super helpful he really helped me a lot dealing with immigration issues in Israel and it was very successful!
I highly recommend

David De La Rosa

Very friendly, professional, and effective, highly recommended

Kfir Cohen

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

Наталья Мажуга

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

Arielle Bosch

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.

Michelle Long

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!

Jacob Newberry

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!

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

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.

Eden Weiss

Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.

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!

Michael Soffer

I would like to recommend Attorney Yehuda Elcharar. He assisted both me and my company in a complex lawsuit. He handled negotiations that led to a favorable outcome much quicker than expected.

I am extremely pleased with choosing Attorney Elcharar. Many thanks also to the office team, Oz and Chaya, for their assistance throughout the entire process.

Thanks again ????

Amir Abt

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

Dumitrascu Cristina

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.

Priscilla Moses

competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended

Adi Katina

Great Team. With no doubt, this office is actually thee best-leading office in Israel. Simply put, if you want your case to win, just join them, hand in your documents, and celebrate the victory.

Kindest regards,
Adi k.

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 (!)

Matthias Oppliger

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.

TarcisioePotira Freitas

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.

Sveta Vashkevich

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!

Prima Lorenzo

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.

Lilian Granovsky

I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.

How do you obtain a permit of entry to Israel for commerce and employment purposes? Many Palestinian workers and businessmen living in the West Bank wish to enter Israel to work, due to the many business and employment opportunities available to workers in Israel. In practice, this often entails a complicated legal procedure, and it is important to know the different types of permits which enable employment in Israel. In this article, an attorney from our office who specializes in Israeli immigration law and in entry to Israel will describe the relevant permits and explain the requirements which must be fulfilled in order to acquire them.

Our law firm, with offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in immigration law and in entry to Israel. Our attorneys are experts in dealing with cases of foreign workers, including West Bank residents and their employers, who need help obtaining entry permits to Israel for employment purposes. Our attorneys are also experts in labor law and in dealing with matters such as work permits, employment contracts, exercising workers’ rights and more.

היתר כניסה לישראל לצורכי מסחר ותעסוקה (מידע משפטי חשוב)

Why is it so complicated to obtain an entry visa to Israel for commercial and employment purposes?

Entry to Israel for commercial or employment purposes is of vital importance to many Palestinians living in the West Bank. Tens of thousands of Palestinians are presently employed in Israel, primarily in the construction and agriculture sectors. In addition, a growing number of Palestinian businessmen maintain commercial ties in Israel, and many others would like to find employment or establish commercial ties in Israel. Indeed, in recent years the number of permits for work and business purposes in Israel has risen significantly. The factors which led to this increase were, among other things, the involvement of human rights organizations in the matter, as well as court intervention in related cases.

In order to work and engage in commerce in Israel, you must go through a long and complicated procedure. Before anything else, you must obtain an entry visa to Israel. These visas are not granted to everyone, due to considerations of security and Israeli policy. For this reason, it is important to understand the different types of permits and to know which permit is relevant in each and every case and the conditions for obtaining it. Due to the large amount of bureaucracy which may be involved in the process, seeking help from a lawyer specializing in immigration to Israel can make the process significantly more efficient.

Which Israel entrance permits are relevant for commerce and employment purposes?

It is a little-known fact that there are actually more than 100 different types of Israeli entry permits for Palestinians. Most of the permits allow for a one-time entry to Israel, for medical purposes, religious purposes, family purposes and so on. These types of permits are usually given by branches of the District Coordination and Liaison (DCL) spread across the different areas of the West Bank. As a rule, renewing these types of permits requires submitting a new application and providing proof to support your case for entering Israel. In addition to these permits, there are two other types of permits which are especially relevant to our issue.

This first type of permit is the entry permit to Israel for commercial purposes. This permit was designed to promote commercial ties between the Palestinian Authority and Israel and to make it easier for Palestinian businessmen to conduct business in Israel. This permit allows Palestinian businessmen to enter Israel for business and commercial purposes for a period of up to six months. Another type of permit relates to the employment of Palestinians in Israel. In this case, there are many different types of work permits. Obtaining these types of permits requires the involvement of both the potential employer and the worker who wishes to work in Israel. In the following section we explain the requirements for obtaining each type of permit mentioned above.

What is required of Palestinian businessmen looking to obtain an entry permit to Israel for commercial purposes?

An entry permit to Israel for commercial purposes is called a BMC. It is a special permit given to Palestinian businessmen, among others. It is considered a very prestigious permit, with relatively few of them given out. However, in recent years the Civil Administration’s quota on the number of such permits has been increased. Moreover, the regulation pertaining to this issue was recently amended such that it allows exceptions to be made in certain cases which do not meet all of the criteria for obtaining the permit.

The primary way to obtain such a permit is by letter of recommendation from the Ministry of Civilian Affairs in the Palestinian Authority. However, Palestinian businessmen who do not fully meet the criteria can still apply for the permit as an exception. To submit an application, you must supply several different documents. These include, among others, documents showing the existence of a business which engages in commerce in Israel, or alternatively, the existence of a business located in Israel.

During the evaluation of the BMC permit application, the Civil Administration will ascertain that there is no criminal record preventing the application’s approval. For example, if the businessman applying for the permit was indicted in the past, it may prevent the approval of the permit application. Additionally, the security authorities, including the Israeli Security Agency, will check that there is no security issue preventing the application from being approved. If the application is approved, you will receive a permit for up to six months, after which you may request its extension via an expedited route. If the request is denied, in some cases you may be able to file an appeal in court. For more information regarding the BMC permit, see another article we published on the subject.

Entry permit to Israel for employment purposes

The Foreign Worker Act applies to Palestinians working in Israel. The law requires that the employer obtain a general permit to employ foreign workers before any individual entry permits to Israel for employment purposes can be issued. The Israeli government has set various quotas for the employment of Palestinian workers. Each sector has its own quota, which serves to determine the maximum number of workers permitted entry to Israel for employment purposes. Aside from the fact that each sector has a different quota for foreign workers, each sector also has its own conditions for issuing a permit to employ Palestinians. As a result, it is necessary to submit different applications to employ Palestinians in the construction sector, the agriculture sector, the hotel industry, the restaurant industry and so on.

After obtaining the permit, a worker employment license must be applied for. In addition, similar to the conditions for obtaining an entry permit to Israel for Palestinian businessmen, Palestinian workers also have to undergo a background check to ascertain the absence of any criminal or security issue preventing their entry. The length of the permits varies between the different sectors and the different circumstances of each case.

What other permits may be relevant?

As you see, there are different permits for commercial purposes and for employment purposes in Israel. Furthermore, there are supplementary permits which are often required alongside the application for a commercial or work permit. For example, a Palestinian businessman holding a BMC permit will usually want to enter in his own vehicle. However, to do so he must obtain an Israeli driver’s license or an equivalent driving permit in Israel. The regulations on this matter have recently been amended, making it significantly easier to obtain an Israeli driver’s license as a Palestinian. We explain in detail the different types of licenses and the requirements to obtain them in another article published on our website.

In addition, many businessmen and workers from the Palestinian Authority live with a partner who is an Israeli citizen. This requires them to obtain legal status in Israel by way of the family reunification process. This is an extremely complicated process, due to the current Israeli law which severely limits the number of people entitled to family reunification. The law authorizes the Minister of Interior to grant Israeli citizenship or an entry visa to Palestinian partners of Israeli citizens only in exceptional cases. The issue has been brought before the Supreme Court a number of times.

As a result of the Supreme Court ruling and legal amendments on the matter, a special humanitarian committee was formed which is responsible for examining the exceptional residence visa applications of Palestinians who have family members living in Israel. This is an extremely complicated issue which raises difficult legal questions. In such cases we recommend seeking professional legal assistance from an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law with experience in dealing with Palestinians needing Israeli residence permits for humanitarian reasons. We expand on this important subject in another article published on our website.

Entry permit to Israel for commerce and employment purposes – contact an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law

In this article we described in detail the relevant types of entry permits to Israel and how they can be obtained. We are aware that this subject raises many legal questions. If you have any questions or require assistance in applying for employment permits or other permits in Israel, an attorney from our office will be happy to help you. You can contact an expert attorney from our office at the phone numbers and email address below.

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