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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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.
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.
The team at Decker, Pex, Ofir & 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!
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have been working with Decker, Pex Ofir & 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
An employment permit for an expert foreign worker in Israel will be issued by the Ministry of the Interior, provided the company interested in the expert’s services proves said expert possesses certain necessary skills that cannot be found in the Israeli workforce. In addition, the employing company will be required to obtain an employment permit from the Ministry of the Interior, which will grant the foreign worker a valid work visa in Israel for one year at a time, up to a period of 5 years.
However, the company may request to extend the foreign worker’s stay for additional years. Apart from this, there are other regulations that the foreign worker, as well as the Israeli company must comply with, and this article will present them in detail, along with the other documents necessary to obtain an employment permit.
Our law firm provides assistance to Israeli and foreign companies in bringing foreign workers to the State of Israel. We will be able to clarify all the various laws and requirements, according to which your company will be entitled to employ foreign workers who are considered experts in their field.
Employment permit for an expert foreign worker in Israel
Information for a business owner (company or business) who is interested in hiring a foreign worker recognized as an expert in a particular field:
A visa for the employment of a foreign worker who is an expert in Israel is called a B / 1 work visa.
A work permit for the employment of a foreign worker in Israel, who is considered an expert in his field, exists in a specific category of Israeli work permits. The permit allows Israeli companies to hire the services of a foreign worker, in accordance with the conditions and regulations required by law.
Israeli companies interested in the services of a specialist foreign worker must prove that the foreign worker possesses specific expertise and is able to perform expert work that local Israeli workers do not have the training, knowledge or professionalism to perform. The existing policy of the State of Israel is to reduce the number of foreign workers in the country, in order to leave a larger number of jobs for Israelis. Therefore, the Ministry of the Interior attempts to reduce the number of visas issued for foreign expert workers every year.
Employment permit for a foreign worker – for expert workers who contribute to the Israeli economy
An expert foreign worker from abroad is an expert who possesses special knowledge, may assist a local Israeli company that employs him to grow economically and employ a higher number of local Israeli workers. Therefore, the State of Israel has established a procedure for issuing an employment permit to an expert foreign worker in Israel. According to this procedure, any Israeli company wishing to employ the services of an expert foreign worker must take into account that it will be required to pay the foreign worker twice the average salary that would be paid to an Israeli worker. Furthermore, the company is required to prove that it needs the services of an expert employee. The employer is required to obtain approval from the Permits Committee of the Ministry of the Interior, which decides that the expert employee is indeed needed by the company.
In what areas can Israeli companies employ a foreign worker?
The policy of the Ministry of the Interior stipulates that an Israeli company applying for the employment of a specialist foreign worker may hire their services, under the obligation to pay the foreign worker twice the average salary in Israel, or as an alternative, to employ a local manager or representative from an international company. Fields of expertise of foreign workers in Israel are medicine, high-tech, academia, industry, the arts, etc.
Who does not meet the criteria for an expert foreign worker employment permit?
The State of Israel law regarding work permits for expert foreign workers stipulates that a person currently residing in Israel within the scope of any permit authority will not be able to convert it into a work permit. For this reason, the applicant is required to be outside Israel in order to begin the process of obtaining a work permit in Israel through the Israeli consulate abroad. In addition, a person over the age of 60 is not entitled to a work permit in Israel. Also, an expert foreign worker with first-degree family members in Israel – i.e. spouse, siblings or parents – cannot obtain a work permit in Israel, even if their relatives are legally residing in Israel.
Employment handling procedure – application for a permit to employ an expert foreign worker in Israel
Issuance of a visa for expert foreign worker services involves two separate steps:
- The employment permit is issued by the Department of Specialist Workers.
- The Ministry of the Interior issues a B / 1 work visa, valid for one year.
Note: the visa must be renewed once a year, for the first five years (there are exceptions in which it will be possible to obtain a permit extension for another year). Renewal of the work permit will be allowed if the foreign worker continues to meet the above requirements.
Submitting employment application approval in the Department of Expert Foreign Workers
The Department of Certification for the Employment of Expert Foreign Workers requires that the Israeli company applying for the employment of an expert foreign worker meets the following conditions and submits the following forms:
- Foreign worker employment application form – completion of an online application form by the Israeli company, which applies to employ the foreign expert and to obtain a B / 1 visa for Israel.
- The company’s registration certificate.
- A copy of official approval of 102 Forms, submitted by the employer to the National Insurance Institute for Israeli workers.
- An accountant certificate stating that the employer is an active entity and that no going concern note has been registered for it during the past year.
- A letter of information describing the reasons why the foreign worker’s expertise is essential, along with forms and letters of recommendation supporting the written application. The employer will write the letter, and the attorney handling the request will edit it, so that the letter meets the legal requirements.
- Certificates showing the education and experience of the foreign worker over the years.
- Wage demand – as stated, twice the average wage of the Israeli worker. That is – about 18,800 NIS per month (as of January 2020).
- Fee price – 1,200 NIS (as of January 2020). The application fee for hiring an expert foreign worker can be paid online via credit card.
Important note: The approving committee, on behalf of the Department of Expert Foreign Workers, may dismiss the application for approval, regardless of whether the employee or employer meets the full requirements mentioned above.
Issuance of a work visa in Israel to a foreign expert worker by the Ministry of the Interior
At the second stage, after receiving the employment permit from the Department of Foreign Expert Workers, the Ministry of the Interior has the authority to determine whether to ratify the permit and print a B / 1 work visa attached to the passport. If the foreign worker is at that time outside of Israel, it will be possible to send the work visa to the Israeli consulate abroad, in order to print the work visa. Please note that when the work visa to Israel is printed for the first time and issued to a foreign worker who arrives in Israel with a foreign expert worker visa, the visa will be sent to the Israeli consulate located in the foreign worker’s country of residence. Accordingly, the employee is required to enter Israel with the work visa.
In the event that the worker arrives in Israel before obtaining the visa, there is a chance that their entry into Israel will be denied at the airport, and the worker will be required to return to their country, and obtain the Israeli visa before entering Israel. Therefore, our recommendation is to ensure that the work visa is properly arranged in advance, in order to ensure free and dignified entry into Israel.
Documents required for the issuance of a B / 1 work visa at the Ministry of the Interior
- Ministry of the Interior visa application form.
- Approval of the transaction from the department for expert employees.
- A copy of the foreign expert employee’s passport, which is required to be valid for at least two years from the date of application.
- Passport photo of the foreign worker (Israeli size)
- Marriage certificate, including birth certificates of minor children. This is to provide the employee’s family members with a visa.
- Affidavit of the worker stating that they have no relatives in Israel. The attorney handling the request may verify the signature on a specific affidavit from the Ministry of the Interior.
- Signed affidavit of the foreign worker, in which they acknowledge that they are scheduled to be employed under the employer in the specific area of expertise and possesses the required qualifications.
- Certificate of health insurance for the foreign worker, friends and family.
- Payment of expert work visa fee.
Important Note: The Ministry of the Interior will usually approve a permit issued by the Department of Expert Foreign Workers, as required for a foreign employee invitation procedure. The Ministry of the Interior may refuse to issue a type B work visa if the specific worker raises doubts and suspicions regarding settling permanently in Israel, or in case of illegal stay in Israel prior to submitting the application, a criminal record, etc. In any case, the decision made by the Ministry of the Interior as well as the Ministry of Economy and Industry is subject to the authority of law in Israel, and the court can change the decision, if it was made in violation of minimum legal regulations by government officials.
Immigration to Israel lawyer – work visa for a specialist foreign worker
Our law firm deals with immigration issues to the countries of Israel, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Austria, Bulgaria and more. We help Israeli and foreign companies hire workers from abroad who are considered to have an outstanding background and specific expertise in the fields of high-tech, medicine, etc. We will be happy to be at your service by phone or email.