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
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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 (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!
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!
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 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.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly 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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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 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 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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly 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!
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 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.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
New immigrants to Israel based on the Law of Return (Olim) and Israelis that live abroad are eligible to hold an Israeli passport. However, Israeli authorities oppose receipt of Israeli citizenship for the sole purposes of easier immigration to other foreign countries.
There are those who have the right of Return and receive an Israeli passport but never become residents of Israel – making Aliyah solely to receive an Israeli passport for use abroad, having never made Israel their center of life – can encounter complications in the use and renewal of their Israel passport.
Our law offices specialize in matters of Aliyah and residency in Israel. In this article we will discuss the issue of quickly issuing a passport for newly arrived immigrants and renewing a passport to an Israeli who has moved to another country.
Lawyer Specializing in Israeli Passports to New Immigrants
There are many who are eligible to the right of Return who live outside of the State of Israel, whether they are eligible to immigrate to Israel as Jews according to Section 1 of the Law of Return, 1950, or whether they are eligible to immigrate as family members of Jews in accordance with Section 4A(A) of the Law of Return.
For a variety of different reasons (family, business, studies, etc.), many of those who are eligible for the Law of Return are not interested in coming to live and settle in the State Israel, but are interested in receiving Israeli citizenship and in holding an Israeli passport.
In light of this, Attorney Joshua Pex, an Israeli immigration lawyer, will explain the Passports Law (Amendment No. 9), 2017 which states that an Israeli citizen who received his citizenship in accordance with Section 2 of the Citizenship Law, 1952 – which regulates the citizenship status of an immigrant by virtue of the Law of Return – will have their Israeli passport initially limited for a period of one year, until they demonstrate they intend to permanently settle in Israel.
Encouraging Immigrants with Jewish Roots to Receive Citizenship Even if They do not Settle in Israel
Prior to the 9th Amendment in the Israeli Passports Law, the Minister of Interior was able to decline giving an Israeli passport to a new immigrant who does not settle in Israel for a normal period of 10 years, and he was able to decline giving an Israeli passport at all if that immigrant had not first settled in Israel.
The explanation of the proposal to the Passports Law (Amendment – Granting Passport to an Immigrant) 2017, notes that the State of Israel is attempting to make things easier for new immigrants, and the fact that new immigrants who did not permanently move to Israel are many times forced to settle with a laissez-passer document (teudat ma’avar), which discourages many eligible immigrants around the world from immigrating to Israel.
Though the proposal did not explicitly state that Israel would encourage eligible immigrants to become citizens when their clear desire is to continue living their lives in their home country (but with an additional passport, an Israeli passport), these were the operative results of the 9th Amendment to the Israeli Citizenship Law. Those eligible for Return to Israel from around the world could become citizens of Israel and receive a regular first passport valid for 10 years, while not moving to and living in Israel.
What changed since the proposal was passed?
After numerous media reports about new immigrants who received their passport and Olim benefits and left the country soon, including a specific investigation by Raviv Drucker that focused on immigrants from Russia and Ukraine, a compromise decision was made, splitting the difference between the pre and post-amendment situation. After the arrival of a new immigrant to Israel, he will receive an Israeli passport that is valid for one year only. If the immigrant lives in Israel for this year, or a most thereof, he will be able to renew his passport and receive a document that is valid for 5 years. After spending these five years in Israel, he will be able to get a passport that is valid for 10 years.
What Happens After the First Passport Expires?
After the first year with the initial Israeli passport, if the Ministry of Interior discovers that the immigrant did not settle in Israel, the 9th Amendment does not apply. In this case, the Minister of Interior will be able to restrict the length of the renewed Israeli passport for that Israeli citizen, or grant that Israeli citizen a laissez-passer document.
In Section 6A(A) of the Passports Law it states that the Minister of Interior may determine cases in which a passport may not be given to Israeli citizens who live abroad and not extend the passport they already hold, except for the purposes of returning to Israel. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, the granting or extension of a passport, even if not for the purposes of returning to Israel, is at the discretion of the Minister of Interior.
However, the new immigrant not reisidng in Israel who received a short-term first passport, may encounter a refusal to renew their regular passport after the first passport has expired.
Appeals to the Minister of Interior in Everything Relating to Granting and Renewing Passports
Section 9 (A) of the Passports Law states that the Minister of Interior may delegate his authority to junior employees in the Ministry of Interior.
Section 9 (B) of the Passports Law states that anyone who considers themselves injured by the decision of the junior employee to whom the Minister of Interior delegated his authority, may turn to the Minister of Interior for the purposes of receiving his final ruling.
In light of this, every decision made concerning the refusal to grant a passport to an Israeli citizen, and refusal to extend a passport, may be appealed before the Minister of Interior himself in order to receive his final ruling. As long as the Minister of Interior does not give his “final ruling” then the claim can be made that administrative proceedings have not yet been exhausted before making a judicial ruling on the matter.
After receiving the Minister of Interior’s final ruling (his and not a junior employee to whom he delegated authority), the Minister’s decision may be appealed before the appropriate courts of law.
Conclusion – Contact Lawyers Specializing in Israeli Passports
Our Israeli law offices , which specialize in obtaining Israeli passports, represent many Olim who do not live permanently in Israel, helping them to receive their first Israeli passport for new immigrants.
Additionally, our office files appeals against the Minister of Interior concerning this subject, including petitions to the appropriate courts, in cases in which a regular passport is not given to an Israeli citizen who resides abroad.
Contact an immigration lawyer in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to receive assistance.