Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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 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.
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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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!
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
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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!
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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
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!
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 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
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.
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!
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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 (!)
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 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.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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!
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obtaining a German passport for Holocaust survivors and their descendants under the updated German nationality law: tens of thousands of Jews can prepare the required documents and submit an application for citizenship. According to the new nationality law, the vast majority of Jews with a historical connection to pre-WWII Germany will be able to obtain a second German citizenship and enjoy a quality European passport.
Our offices in Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem specialize in obtaining German citizenship. We have a professional translation department which takes care of translating the required documents into German and submitting them in a professional and organized way to the German authorities.
Obtaining a German passport
Between the years 1933-1945, over 300 thousand Jews left Germany as the Nazi regime made the country unlivable for them. The country, under a group of fascist leaders, deteriorated socially to the point where there was no longer room for values such as freedom of speech, equality, or a normal justice system.
Due to racial laws that were created arbitrarily and with the intention of alienating and denouncing the Jewish religion, the Jews began to leave in large waves to Britain, France, the USA, South America and other countries. Today, the descendants of those who left Germany due to the Nazis’ genocidal policies are legally eligible to apply for a German passport.
How to obtain a German passport
So how can you know whether you are eligible? First you must be related to a Jew who lived in Germany during the reign of the Third Reich, meaning the years 1933-1945. Then you must present an official document that proves that your ancestor (parent, grandparent etc.) was indeed a German citizen.
These documents can be an ID card, an old passport, an academic diploma, a certificate of exile or any other document that can prove a civil connection to the country. Afterwards you will need to verify the familial connection between the applicant and the German citizen on whom the application is based.
German passport eligibility
In general, obtaining German citizenship is not considered difficult for Jews whose ancestors lived under the Third Reich regime. This relative ease of obtaining citizenship is seen by the fact that the applicants will not be tested as extensively as other candidates, those who are not Jews with relatives from Nazi Germany. For Jews, the language test, as well as the culture test, will be administered orally in the German embassy, by a representative. The tests are usually considered “for protocol only”. That is, they are administered in a positive atmosphere and there is almost no need for advance preparation.
This in fact expresses the German will to repair the historical injustice. German lawmakers acknowledge the harm that was caused to many, and view the aforementioned leniency as part of a plan to correct the terrible injustice that was done.
Another important point – the most significant amendment in the process of obtaining a German passport is the rectification of the gender discrimination. In the past, descendants of female Holocaust survivors were only eligible if they were born before 1953. However, as of June 2021, this restriction was canceled. Descendants are also now eligible if the mother married a foreigner and thereby lost her German citizenship.
How long does it take to obtain a German passport?
The process for Jews with a historical connection to Nazi Germany is significantly shorter than the regular process of obtaining citizenship. The time period ranges between a year and two years on average. It is important to remember that a large portion of the time is spent waiting for an appointment at the embassy for the interview that you are required to undergo.
The cost of obtaining a German passport
German lawmakers determined that there is no fee for the process, or for the citizenship document that you will receive at the end of it, so the costs are not considered high. However, it is important to know that often the cost is determined by the quality of the documents submitted, as well as individual decisions by the German committee in charge of verifying and checking the documents.
Obtaining German passports for children
Obtaining German passports for children requires almost no effort if the parent has already received citizenship. In fact, if one of the parents is already a German citizen, the child will not have to go through the entire process again. The parent must simply make an appointment at the embassy for consular registration. They must come with a birth certificate, together with the parent’s German citizenship or passport. Afterwards the child must be registered in the German population registry and thus becomes a citizen.
German passport rights – German passport advantages
As the country with the strongest economy in Europe and a member of the European Union, Germany offers its citizens a variety of unique benefits. Considering that in all likelihood, Israelis will soon need a visa in order to enter Europe, take into account that once you obtain a German passport, this obligation will not apply to you.
Another advantage of the attractive passport is the right to live and work in any of the EU countries. Beyond that, you will not need to get a visa in order to enter various countries such as the USA and Australia. German citizens are eligible for a “working holiday visa” which grants permission to work for a year in countries such as: Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and more.
If you are considering living in Germany, you would enjoy convenient social conditions, a basic living stipend, a higher quality of life, advanced medical services, stipends for students and more.
Renewal of the process and its significance for many Israelis
In general, European citizenship is a sought-after goal for many Israeli citizens, given that it can grant you opportunities that do not exist on any other continent besides Europe. However, because the process requires comprehensive understanding and dealing with prolonged paperwork, it is important to make sure to choose a skilled attorney who knows German law well.
Thanks to the extreme changes that have drastically lowered the previous acceptance standard, today hundreds of thousands of Jewish descendants around the world can apply for and receive citizenship. As you saw in the paragraph above, the European passport obviates the requirement to obtain visas to many countries, and grants entrance to many others, which Israelis do not have permission to enter as of now.
In addition, as you read throughout the article, Jews with a historical connection to Nazi Germany will enjoy exclusive treatment from the German authorities. This treatment includes a significant reduction in requirements, intended to benefit any Jew or descendant with a historical connection to Nazi Germany. These reforms are somewhat of a revolution, so we think that this is a great opportunity to take advantage of them in order to enjoy a unique passport.
As mentioned, the German authorities are not making the standard stricter, and we believe that they will grant positive responses and that the vast majority of Jewish applicants will not encounter difficulties in obtaining a passport (except for those with a criminal background).
Contact us – obtaining a German passport
Our office has a developed and far-reaching method of obtaining German passports for Holocaust survivors. For any information or clarification regarding the reform, contact us and we will gladly assist you in understanding all the clauses of the new amendment.