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Deportation of a Spouse From Israel—What Can You Do About It?

Joshua Pex
Joshua Pex

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!

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.

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

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

lynn vonne

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

Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

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!

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

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

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.

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.

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.

Shaltiel Devorah

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

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

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.

Priscilla Moses

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


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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lilian Granovsky

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

Eden Weiss

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

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.

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!

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.

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 ????

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

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????

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.

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.


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.

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.

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

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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.

Love is undoubtedly one of the most wonderful experiences in our world. The exciting feeling that you have found the person with whom you wish to share your life has no match. But what if a couple in which one of the partners is an Israeli citizen and the other is from a foreign country wishes to live together in Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Interior refuses to grant legal status to the foreign partner? How to avert the deportation of a spouse from Israel?

Also, a partner often invites their lover to visit in Israel and then the invited foreign citizen extends their visit illegally because they cannot tolerate the thought of a long separation. If the illegal stay is discovered, the foreign partner may be deported in an unpleasant procedure, to say the least, which may completely prevent their reentry into Israel for years to come.

So what can you do if your partner is deported from Israel? What procedure does this entail and what legal steps should you take? These questions are answered below.

Our law firm specializes in immigration to Israel and visitation in Israel. We have acted on behalf of many couples to find a legal way for them to preserve their love relationship. If your spouse is about to be deported from Israel and you need help, you are welcome to contact us and we will be happy to help you professionally and skillfully.

Deportation of a spouse from Israel


The procedure of deportation from Israel consists of four stages, each of which requires a different course of action to counter the deportation. We will later elaborate on each stage, but first we will present a general review of the stages.

The first stage in deporting the foreign spouse from Israel is their arrest by the Israeli Immigration Police. It is important to understand that staying in Israel requires a stay visa, while foreign citizens from certain countries need to arrange a visa or an invitation from an Israeli citizen in advance to even enter the state. A tourist visa is valid for three months, so staying in Israel after that period without arranging a stay status is illegal. The Israeli Immigration Police will arrest the person who is staying illegally in the country after it finds out about the case.

The second stage of the deportation process is a border control examination. This examination may lead to complete expulsion from the State of Israel for a period of five to ten years. However, the border control supervisor may decide that the illegal stay originated in innocence or in a mistake.

The third stage in the deportation process is a hearing before the Detention Review Tribunal. This tribunal is responsible for examining the case of the illegal stayer and issuing a decision.

The last stage of the process is appealing the decision of the Detention Review Tribunal. It is important to appeal as soon as possible, before the foreign spouse is deported from the country. An interim order is often needed and must be requested to prevent the deportation.

It is important to note that, even after the deportation, the foreign spouse’s fate is not sealed forever. Especially if the spouse was in the process of legally arranging their stay in Israel and something went wrong along the way, it is still possible to reinvite them if the romantic relationship is intact. However, this is a much more complex process and requires proof of the sincerity of the relationship.


As stated above, the first stage in the deportation process is the arrest of the illegal resident by the Immigration Police. During this stage, the foreign citizen’s personal belongings are taken from them and the only visitor allowed is a lawyer. Therefore, it is important to contact an immigration lawyer as soon as possible and sign a power of attorney that will allow the lawyer to be the arrested person’s legal representative. The sooner you appoint your legal representative, the greater your chance of reaching the desirable solution.

The arrested person may be released with the help of a certified lawyer on various bases, such as a medical condition, a mistake in the proceedings, or an error on the foreign citizen’s part that occurred in innocence. Of course, each case is unique, so it is important to consult with an experienced skilled lawyer who can specifically review the case and create a solid defense.


If the efforts to release the arrested foreign spouse have failed, the spouse will be summoned before the border control supervisor. Even then an immigration lawyer can help. There are cases in which it is possible to convince the supervisor that the foreign spouse was wrongfully arrested and should be released for humanitarian reasons.

If this fails, as well, the case will be referred to the Detention Review Tribunal for a final decision.


The Detention Review Tribunal is the body that examines each case of arrest due to illegally staying in Israel. It is important to understand that the case will not immediately be brought before the tribunal for a decision, and the State of Israel may wait up to 96 hours before bringing the illegal stayer before a judge.

During the hearing, the case of the arrested spouse will be thoroughly examined to decide whether they should be deported from Israel. The illegal stayer does not lose all their rights, which are anchored in the Israeli law. A skilled experienced lawyer will know what to do to defend the illegal stayer by bringing claims that are aligned with the law.

If the Detention Review Tribunal decides that the illegal stayer must be deported from Israel, this does not mean that their fate is sealed. They may still appeal to the appeals court.


It is important to appeal to the appeals court as soon as possible, before the deportation is carried out. The appeal must be submitted no later than 21 days after receiving the deportation decision. Also, there are cases in which it is possible to issue an interim order that will temporarily suspend the deportation.

In the appeal process, the lawyer will present claims against the deportation of the illegal stayer. An appeal that is submitted with the help of a lawyer has high chances of leading to the desired result and preventing the deportation. It is important to choose a lawyer who is completely proficient in the immigration laws so that the case does not “fall through the cracks”.

Even if your spouse is deported from Israel, there are still other avenues that may be pursued to reinvite them. However, it is important to understand that, after being deported from the state, the process for returning your spouse becomes more complicated.


There are ways to legally arrange the stay in Israel of foreign romantic partners of Israeli citizens. To avoid deportation, you should arrange your partner’s stay in advance and thus avoid distress for all parties involved.

To be able to live together with your foreign spouse in Israel you must officially invite them and open a joint life file at the Ministry of Interior in accordance with the family unification regulations. This requires submitting official documents after authenticating them with an apostle stamp. It is important to mention this, because what we have described here applies to officially married couples, while the procedure for common-law couples is different.


The experience of having a loved one deported is extremely painful. After being used to living together on a daily basis, you will suddenly experience uncertainty regarding the future. To increase your chances of successfully stopping the deportation process, it is important to seek the help of an immigration lawyer who is deeply familiar with the process. Although it is no simple process—if you receive help, you will increase your confidence until reaching the desired outcome.

Our law firm, which has branches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in the Israeli immigration laws and in the procedures for arranging the legal status of foreign spouses of Israeli citizens. Whether your spouse is about to be deported or whether you wish to prevent the deportation in advance by arranging your spouse’s Israeli legal status, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you with any procedure that is required.

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