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!
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
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.
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 (!)
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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.
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!
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!
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Do Israeli citizens have to give up their citizenship if they receive an additional citizenship? Israeli citizens can hold a second citizenship, or even multiple citizenships. However, not all countries follow the same rules. There are states that categorically prohibit their citizens from holding an additional citizenship. Also, there are countries (including several countries in the European Union) that restrict the right to hold a second citizenship under certain circumstances. In this article, attorney Joshua Pex, a partner in our office and an expert in Israeli immigration law, will explain the subject of dual citizenship for Israelis in detail.
How many Israeli citizens have a foreign passport?
The exact answer to this question is unknown, but estimates indicate over a million citizens. The numbers have been growing in recent years, in light of an increasing trend in the number of Israeli citizens acquiring foreign citizenship in Canada, the USA and various countries in the European Union (such as Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania and Greece). With the exception of a limited number of anomalous cases (which we will describe below), holding an additional citizenship is not illegal in Israel.
However, the law in other countries is not always identical to the situation in Israel. It is important that Israelis who wish to acquire an additional citizenship, as well as Israelis who already hold an additional citizenship, make sure that they are not acting in violation of the law in these countries. For example, those who have citizenships of countries in the European Union and wish to obtain the citizenship of another country (such as the United States) will be required to find out whether the laws of those countries restrict the possession of dual citizenship. Below we will explain the legal situation on the subject, in Israel and in the world.
What does the law stipulate regarding dual citizenship for Israelis?
The Citizenship Law states that “except for the matter of naturalization, the acquisition of Israeli citizenship does not require forfeiting previous citizenship”. In addition, there is nothing in Israeli law that requires giving up Israeli citizenship when obtaining another citizenship. Meaning, Israeli citizens are allowed to hold dual citizenship and even multiple citizenships. For example, an Israeli citizen can also hold a Polish passport as well as an American one.
There are several exceptions to this rule. One exception concerns those who go through a naturalization procedure, outside the context of making Aliyah based on the Law of Return. In these cases, a condition for obtaining Israeli citizenship is the forfeiting of previous citizenship. However, it should be noted that there may be exceptional cases in which it is possible to request an exemption from this condition, by the authority granted to the Minister of the Interior according to the Citizenship Law.
Two other exceptions concern Knesset members and ministers. The Basic Law: The Knesset established that those who have been elected to the Knesset and hold additional citizenship, from a country that allows its citizens to forfeit their citizenship, are not allowed to serve as members of the Knesset unless they forfeit their additional citizenship. Regarding government ministers, a similar arrangement is established in the Basic Law: The Government, according to which an appointment as minister requires doing everything necessary to remove additional citizenship, insofar as allowed by the laws of the country from which the additional citizenship was granted.
It should be noted that in any case, Israeli law considers Israelis with dual citizenship to be Israeli citizens. That is, when entering and leaving Israel, you must present an Israeli passport, even if you hold one or more additional passports.
What is the legal situation in other countries regarding dual citizenship?
As mentioned, although in many countries it is possible to hold more than one citizenship, the legal situation is different in each country. In Singapore and India, for example, the law does not allow holding an additional citizenship. There are countries whose laws allow the revocation of citizenship in cases where the citizens of those countries acquired additional citizenship, such as Japan. In contrast, the United States and Canada generally allow their citizens to hold dual citizenship. Likewise, in most EU countries today, there is no legal restriction on the possession of an additional citizenship. However, there are exceptions to this rule, which we will explain below.
Which EU countries restrict their citizens from having an additional citizenship?
In recent years, many European countries have undergone changes that have expanded the possibility for citizens to hold one or more additional citizenships. However, there are countries whose laws limit the possession of additional citizenship to some extent. Austria, Germany, Lithuania and the Netherlands are among the leading countries with a stricter policy on the subject. The laws of these countries prevent the possibility of holding an additional citizenship, except in exceptional cases.
However, within the framework of those exceptions, there are lenient conditions for Israeli citizens that do not require renunciation of Israeli citizenship for the purpose of acquiring citizenship in these countries by virtue of a direct family connection to Holocaust survivors and victims of persecution. Meaning, Israeli citizens who receive an Austrian passport or German citizenship after proving that they are descendants of Austrian/German citizens who lost their citizenship due to Nazi persecution will not be forced to give up their Israeli citizenship.
Dual citizenship and multiple citizenships for Israelis – Contact an attorney specializing in immigration law
In conclusion, possession of one or more citizenships is not prohibited by law for Israelis, except in a few anomalous cases. However, Israelis who hold or wish to hold an additional citizenship are required to check carefully what the law is in the country whose citizenship they wish to obtain.
If you have additional questions on the subject, or need any advice or assistance, you can contact our office and we will be glad to help. Our law office, in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, regularly deals with matters of immigration to Israel and many destinations in Europe and around the world. Our attorneys provide our clients with comprehensive and professional assistance on a variety of matters and issues in the field of immigration, based on extensive professional experience and cooperation with leading offices in the field in many countries.