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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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!
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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.
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 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 (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.
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 (!)
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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.
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.
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
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 B/1 Israel work visa to Israel for foreign expert workers is a special Israeli work visa category. The foreign expert Israeli work visa allows Israeli companies to employee non-Israelis. However, the company must prove they need the foreign worker who possesses a special expertise and that local Israeli workers cannot do the job. The policy of the Israeli government is to cut back on the number of foreign workers in Israel so as to leave more jobs for Israelis. Therefore the Ministry of Interior has been issuing fewer expert work visas each year.
Nevertheless, an expert worker from abroad who has specific knowledge may help a local Israeli company grow, succeed and hire more local Israelis. As a result, the government has issued the procedure for issuing the expert work visa to Israel. An Israeli company that wants to hire an expert worker from outside Israel must take into consideration that they will be required to pay the foreign worker twice the average salary of an Israeli worker, plus get the approval of a Ministry of Interior committee that they really need the foreign worker for their company.
What Are the Areas of Expertise to Employ a Foreign Worker on a B/1 Israeli Expert Visa?
The Ministry of Interior procedure states that an Israeli company wishing to employ a foreign worker may hire an expert worker who will be paid twice the average salary in Israel or employ a manager or local representative of an international company (in which case the salary requirement does not apply). The areas of expertise which these workers specialize in are: academics, medicine, hi-tech, industry, arts, etc.
Who Cannot Receive a B/1 Israeli Expert Visa?
The Israeli laws regarding the Israel work visa for foreign expert workers state that a worker who is in Israel on any kind of visa may not switch the visa to the work visa. Therefore, the expert is required to be outside Israel to obtain the Israel work visa at the Israeli consulate abroad. Other than that, any worker above the age of 60 is not permitted to obtain the Israel work visa. Also, a foreign worker with first-degree relatives in Israel (spouse, parents, siblings) may not receive the Israel work visa, even if their family members are legally residing in Israel.
The Two Phases for Issuing a B/1 Israeli Expert Visa – Israel work visa
The Department for Expert Workers issues a work permit.
The Ministry of Interior office issues the B/1 expert work visa for one year.
Note: The B/1 expert work visa must be renewed once a year for the duration of five years (with some exceptions in which extensions may be granted) and is issued again only if the worker continues to meet the criteria mentioned below.
Requesting a Work Permit at the Department of Expert Workers
The office of foreign expert workers in Jerusalem requires that the Israeli company requesting the foreign expert work visa meet the following conditions and submit these documents:
Entity of employer document – company registration certificate.
Certified copy of the 102 forms that were submitted to Social Insurance offices in connection with Israeli employees.
CPA approval that the employing entity is in operation and that an ongoing concern warning was not registered against the entity during the previous year.
Letter of explanation from the employing entity regarding the reasons that the expertise of the foreign expert worker is necessary, along with documents and recommendation letters that support the written request. You will need to prepare such a letter, and we can translate it into Hebrew and amend it to fit their legal requirements. Furthermore, you will need to gather as many recommendation letters as possible.
Résumé and education certificates of the foreign expert worker requesting the B/1 Israel work visa.
Salary requirement; twice the average salary of an Israeli, i.e. approximately 18,800 NIS (as of July 2015).
Note: The committee regarding the approval of the B/1 expert work visa request has discretion to withhold granting the permit when the employee or employer does not meet all of the requirements listed above.
The Ministry of Interior and Issuing of the Israeli Expert Visa in a Passport
Once the work visa permit has been issued by the Department for Expert Workers, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) has the discretion to approve or reject the permit and issue the B/1 visa in the passport. If the worker is outside of Israel, the work visa may be sent to the Israeli consulate abroad, and the visa can be issued at the consulate.
Please note that the the first time the work visa to Israel is issued for a foreign worker who is coming to Israel on an expert work visa, the visa will always be sent to the Israeli consulate in the worker’s country of residence. The worker is required to enter Israel with the work visa. In the event the worker comes to Israel without the visa arranged in advance, there is a chance that their entry to Israel will be denied at the airport, and the worker will be asked to return to their country of residence and receive the work visa to Israel in their passport prior to entering Israel. Therefore, our recommendation is to make sure that the work visa to Israel has been properly arranged in advance in order to secure entry to Israel for the expert worker of the company.
These are the documents needed for issuing the B/1 work visa at the Ministry of Interior:
MOI visa application form.
Expert work visa permit.
Copy of the foreign expert worker’s passport which needs to be valid for at least two additional years from the date of application.
Passport picture of the invitee (Israeli size).
Marriage certificate and birth certificates of children who are minors. They will need this in order to grant the foreign expert worker’s spouse and dependent children a visa.
Affidavit stating that there are no near relatives in Israel. We will certify your signature on such an affidavit given to us by the Ministry of Interior.
Certified affidavit by the employee wherein they recognize that they are entitled to be employed by the employer in the field of this expertise and that they have the qualifications to do so. We will send you to a notary with the relevant affidavit. This will cost several hundred shekels.
Medical insurance approval for worker and family members.
Expert work visa fee of 9,860 NIS.
Note: The Ministry of Interior office will usually approve a permit given by the Department of Expert Workers according to the Israel work visa procedure unless the applicant raises doubt regarding “fear of settlement” in Israel, has a criminal background, has illegally stayed in Israel in the past, etc.
Other than that, both the decision of the MOI and the Ministry of Trade and Commerce are subject to Israeli procedural law and may be overturned by the court if the decision has breached minimum legal requirements from government officials.
Our law firm, practices immigration law, immigration to the USA, immigration to Israel and more. We assist Israeli and foreign companies in relocating expert workers to Israel in order to achieve the goals of the company that require the expertise of the specific worker. If you are interested, see our articles addressing Israeli work visas for foreign managers and more on foreign experts.
Please contact us for more information regarding Israel work visa or immigration to Israel.