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FAQ – Foreign Expert Workers to Israel

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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.

Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

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 ????

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.

Eden Weiss

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 (!)

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

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.

lynn vonne

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

Priscilla Moses

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

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????

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

David De La Rosa

Very friendly, professional, and effective, 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.

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

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.

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!

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

Shaltiel Devorah

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

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.

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!

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!

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.


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.

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!

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

Lilian Granovsky

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

“FAQ – Foreign Expert Workers” to Israel addresses many issues about foreign expert workers travelling to Israel, with links to more detailed articles on the topic. All issues related to foreign expert workers and their visas fall under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Interior

You can also see this video in which we presented on the subject:

Everything you need to know about foreign workers to Israel below.

What are the main immigration regulations regarding foreign expert workers in Israel?

The main regulations and guidelines regarding foreign expert workers in Israel were established by the Buchris Committee recommendations in 2001 from which the criteria used to determine whether or not foreign workers may enter the country are derived. Generally, foreign expert workers and the companies hiring them must meet at least two criteria for the Buchris Committee recommendations in order to qualify for the appropriate work permit and B1 visa. 

For more information on the Buchris Committee and the immigration regulations for foreign expert workers in Israel, please see our article: Information on the Israel Buchris Committee.

What is the application procedure to obtain a foreign expert work visa?

In the event that a company desires to hire a foreign expert worker and can prove that the worker meets the criteria set out by the Buchris Committee, then they can apply for a B1 Israeli work visa for the foreign expert. Individuals who are over the age of 60 or have first-degree family members in Israel are ineligible to apply for this visa. 

First, the Israeli company that seeks a foreign expert must submit the relevant paperwork to the Department for Expert Workers. If the Department for Expert Workers approves the B1 work visa permit for one year, the Ministry of Interior will then either approve or reject the request. 

In order to apply for a B1 visa for a foreign expert worker, the foreign expert must not be in the country. They must wait for the application approval and pick up the visa at the nearest Israeli consulate to their place of residence. 

For more information on the application procedure to obtain a foreign expert work visa, please see our article: Israeli Work Visa for a Foreign Expert.

How to prove foreign expert worker credentials?

In order to be considered a foreign expert, an individual must have particular expertise in an area in which too few Israelis have the knowledge to fill the same position. In order to prove that a person is a foreign expert worker, the organization seeking to hire the foreign expert must submit the necessary paperwork to prove that the foreign expert worker has a certain level of specialization. 

For more information on how to prove that a person is a foreign expert worker, please see our article: Employment Permit for an Expert Foreign Worker in Israel.

FAQ - Foreign Expert Workers to Israel

How do I submit a good application with the correct documents?

When applying for a foreign expert work visa, it is important to submit a good application with the correct documents in order to avoid unnecessary hassles, delays, and rejections. A good application includes all the necessary documents with precise and detailed information answering all of the questions. 

For a detailed explanation of the application procedure and a list of the documents required please see our article: Israel Work Visa.

What are some tips to get my B1 visa approved the first time?

You must submit a letter describing the company and why they need a foreign expert worker. This letter must be written in Hebrew and submitted on the company letterhead with the logo on it. It is helpful to include as many recommendation letters as possible in the application process. The application fee must be paid online, but the application should be physically submitted. We highly recommend doing this in person. 

For more tips on getting your B1 visa approved the first time, please see our articles: How to Get an Israeli B1 Visa Approved and Israeli B1 Visa Tips from a Lawyer.

How long does it take to get a B1 visa?

There are various timelines to obtain an Israeli work permit for foreign expert workers. It can range from six days to six months depending on the type of process one is seeking: an expedited process (6 days), a normal process (about 45 days), and an extension process (about 6 months). 

For more details on the different types of processes, please see our article: Work Permits to Israel – How Long Does It Take?

Are B1 visas necessary for visitors to Israel who enter for business negotiations?

Foreigners coming to Israel for negotiations or other work-related activities may not enter Israel as tourists, even if their country has a visa-waiver policy with Israel. Even if the business is a foreign company operating in Israel, the foreign expert worker must have a B1 permit. This is true whether the person is coming to give a lecture, consult, make repairs to equipment, or conduct negotiations. 

For more information on B1 visas for short term expert workers and possible exceptions, please see our article: Israeli Expert Work Permit vs. Negotiations.

What is the three-month expert permit?

When a foreign expert worker is required only for a short period of time, you may apply for a three-month B1 visa. The advantage is that this type of visa does not require that you pay the worker double the average salary in Israel (unlike the long term visa). However, note that this visa is for a single entry, cannot be extended, and does not provide a visa for the foreign worker’s family. 

For more information on three-month B1 visas, please see our article: Three Month Expert Worker Permit.

FAQ - Foreign Expert Workers to Israel

Can I expedite the process of receiving a B1 visa for a foreign expert worker? If so, how?

If a foreign expert worker is required only for an urgent and temporary task, and a 45-day visa is sufficient, you may be able to apply through the expedited procedure. From the moment the application is submitted, the Israeli Ministry of Interior is required to issue the requested permits (if approved) within six days. The worker must be from a country that has a visa-waiver agreement with Israel. 

For more information on the expedited procedure for receiving a B1 visa for a foreign expert worker, please see our article: The Expedited Procedure to Obtain an Israeli Foreign Expert Worker Visa.

Can I obtain a visa for a foreign expert worker’s spouse and children?  

If a foreign expert worker is legally married to their partner and has a marriage certificate, their spouse and children can be added to the B1 visa request. If the request is approved, the spouse and children will be granted a one year B2 tourist visa. If a foreign expert is coming on a short-term or expedited visa for temporary work, it is unlikely that their family members will be able to receive a visa to come with them. 

For more information on the B1 visa, see our article: Israel Work Visa.

Are there any differences in B1 visas for local vs. foreign companies?

The procedure for requesting a B1 visa for a foreign expert worker is identical whether the company is local or foreign. The only difference is that foreign companies are eligible to request an exemption for the visa fee (which can be around 10,000 NIS) for up to two senior executives in the company. 

For more information regarding the differences between local and foreign companies applying for B1 visas, and regarding the request for a visa fee exemption, please see our articles: How to Get an Israeli B1 Visa Approved and Israeli B1 Visa Tips from a Lawyer.

How can a B1 visa for a foreign expert worker be extended?

The Israeli B1 visa is usually valid for one year at a time. This visa must be renewed annually, usually for up to five years. However, you can apply to extend the visa further if you can convincingly argue why that is necessary. Such an extension would need to be approved by a special committee. 

For more information on extension applications for B1 visas for a foreign expert worker, please see our article: B1 Expert Visa Extension.

What is the nispach gimel that must be attached to a foreign expert worker’s visa application?

The nispach gimel (“appendix C”) is a letter from a CPA (accountant) that must be attached to the visa request for a foreign expert worker. The nispach gimel must include detailed proof the foreign expert worker will be paid at least twice the average salary in Israel. Also, when applying for the annual visa renewal, you must prove the foreign worker is being paid double the average wage in Israel. 

For more information on the nispach gimel and the regulations regarding a foreign expert worker’s salary, please see our articles: B1 Visa and Nispach Gimel and Israeli B1 Visa and CPA Papers

FAQ - Foreign Expert Workers to Israel

Are there any special requirements for tour agencies that wish to apply for a foreign expert worker’s visa application?

A tour company that wishes to apply for a foreign expert worker’s visa must first obtain a letter of approval from the Ministry of Tourism. This can be a difficult process to navigate, and these companies can benefit from the assistance of an expert lawyer in the process. 

For more information on tour companies and the B1 expert visa, please see our article: Tour Company Visa in Israel.

What is the procedural difference between applying for a visa for a foreign expert worker with academic credentials vs. a foreign expert who does not have academic credentials?

In general, it is more difficult to obtain a work permit for a foreign expert worker who does not have academic credentials, but there are cases in which it is possible (e.g. in the case of professional athletes, artists, etc.) The academic credentials of the expert academic worker will undergo particular scrutiny since that is what proves their particular ability to meet the company’s needs. A non-academic worker will need to provide their training certificates that prove their non-academic but expert credentials. 

For more information on academically trained vs. non-academically trained foreign expert workers, please see our article: Foreign Expert Academic Worker in Israel.

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Our law office specializes in Israeli immigration law and all issues related to visas in Israel. If you have more questions that this article, FAQ – Foreign Expert Workers to Israel, does not address or you seek assistance with a foreign expert worker visa to Israel, please contact us. Advocate Joshua Pex specializes in Israeli immigration law and obtaining visas for expert workers to Israel. 

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