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Lithuanian Citizenship for Jews

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Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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????

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

Priscilla Moses

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

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 (!)

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!

David De La Rosa

Very friendly, professional, and effective, highly recommended

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 ????

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.

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.

Eden Weiss

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

Shaltiel Devorah

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

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.


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.

lynn vonne

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

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

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.

All Lithuanian citizenship articles

Under what conditions can descendants of Lithuanians obtain Lithuanian citizenship? Obtaining this citizenship depends on your family connection to the state of Lithuania and when your ancestors lived there. A Lithuanian passport can be obtained on the basis of a family connection on either parent’s side, including great-grandparents. For background, this article also briefly covers the history of Lithuanian Jewry up to the eve of World War II. For hundreds of years, Lithuanian Jews were a pillar and guiding light for European Jewry and for the entire Diaspora.

Lithuania is of course a member of the European Union; so the bearer of a Lithuanian passport has the right to live, work, and travel freely throughout the member states. Our law offices in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv specialize in emigration from Israel and obtaining European passports, including from Lithuania. With our years of professional experience in the field, we can help you obtain Lithuanian citizenship if you are in fact eligible under Lithuanian law.

Lithuanian citizenship for Jews – who is eligible?

Lithuanian citizenship for JewsOne way to acquire Lithuanian citizenship is on the basis of restoring citizenship. Citizenship will be restored for an applicant whose ancestors (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, or any one of these) were Lithuanian citizens before 15 June 1940, or if the applicant himself was a Lithuanian citizen before that date. Many Jews lived in Lithuania before the second World War and the Holocaust. Their descendants, in Israel and throughout the world, are entitled to receive the citizenship of their ancestors.

Lithuania was established as an independent state in 1918. The first law passed regarding Lithuanian citizenship, however, was passed as a temporary law on 9 January 1919. According to the law of this date, the following are considered Lithuanian citizens:

  1. Those who always lived in Lithuania or whose parents and grandparents lived in Lithuania from long ago.
  2. Children of those mentioned in the preceding section, who did not always live in Lithuania, but returned to Lithuania to settle there.
  3. Those who lived in Lithuania for at least ten years before 1914 and:
  • Owned property
  • Had a permanent place of employment.
  1. Children of Lithuanian citizens, as long as they were not adopted by a foreigner
  2. A wife or widow of a Lithuanian citizen

What documents are required for descendants of Lithuanian Jews to obtain citizenship?

Under the current citizenship law, documents that constitute proof that the applicant was a Lithuanian citizen before 15 June 1940 include:

  1. Lithuanian and foreign passports issued before 15 June 1940.
  2. A foreign Lithuanian passport issued for diplomatic assignments or for Lithuanian consular institutions after 15 June 1940.
  3. Documentation of service in the Lithuanian Army or participation in the Civil Service.
  4. Birth certificates or other documents indicating Lithuanian citizenship.
  5. Identity documents issued in Lithuania before 15 June 1940. Alternately, identity documents issued on the basis of documents issued in Lithuania before that date.

If none of the above documents are available, you will be required to furnish documents related to studies, work, or residence in Lithuania which were printed before 15 June 1940, as well as a foreign passport and other documents.

How to maintain a previous citizenship when receiving Lithuanian citizenship

Lithuanian citizenship can be obtained in exchange for giving up previous citizenship in another country, or even without being required to give up the other citizenship (that is, one can hold Israeli citizenship in addition to Lithuanian). To restore Lithuanian citizenship but maintain a previous citizenship, it is not enough to merely prove that a family member was a Lithuanian citizen before 15 June 1940. In order to keep dual citizenship, the applicant must prove the following circumstances:

  1. He or she left Lithuanian territory before 11 March 1990. This means that the applicant or his parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents, or at least one of them, left between 15 June 1940 and 11 March 1990. The emigration was in accordance with a decision by the authorities or the court under the ruling regime, following opposition to the regime, political or social persecution, or other reasons related to the circumstances of leaving Lithuania.


  1. Provide document which prove they left Lithuania before 11 March 1990 (meaning the applicant or his parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, or at least one of them, left Lithuania, and their fixed residence was outside of Lithuania on 11 March 1990). Note that this instruction does not apply to people who left Lithuanian territory after 15 June 1940 for territory of the former Soviet Union.

An application to restore Lithuanian citizenship must be written in the Lithuanian language. The documents attached to the application are to be translated to Lithuanian. If they are written in another language, they are to be certified in accordance with regulatory procedures (by an apostille stamp or by a legalization procedure). We will of course be happy to provide a notarized translation into Lithuanian.

The documents are to be submitted to the migration department in Lithuania or to the Lithuanian consulate in a foreign country.

A brief history of Lithuanian Jewry

Lithuanian citizenship for JewsLocal census data indicates that Jews were in Lithuania at least from 1388, and possibly earlier. Historians indicate that the Jews may have been descendants of Khazars who settled in the country in the 10th century, or possibly German Jews who arrived in the 12th century. A third theory suggests that the main influx of Jews to Lithuania took place at the beginning of the 14th century, when the Grand Duke Gediminas opened his kingdom to merchants and craftsmen in order to promote economic development.

Once Christianity became the official religion of the Lithuanian kingdom in 1386, subjects of other religions, including Jews, faced discrimination in political, economic, and religious spheres, including the right to own property (which was permitted to Jews only in the city of Trakai).

According to local population registries, there were about 6,000 Jews in the kingdom in 1389. This number grew to 76,474 in 1764 and 263,000 on the eve of World War II. The Lithuanian Jewish community was one of the hardest hit in the Holocaust. About 91-95% of its members murdered by the Nazis and their accomplices. Immediately after the war about 20,000 Jews remained in the country, and today about 3,000 Jews live there.

However, a significant portion of the history of Jews in Lithuania also belongs to the Karaites. Members of this Jewish sect were not harmed in the Holocaust, since they demonstrated that their roots were Tatar rather than Jewish. When they presented their Tatar-Turkish language, the Nazis lost interest in exterminating them, considering them not to be Jews. The Karaim language, however, is a Turkish language with Hebrew influences, and at one time it had three dialects in Eastern Europe, all spoken by Jews.

Lithuanian citizenship for Jews of Lithuanian extraction — Contact an emigration attorney

Our law offices are committed to providing efficient, professional service to its clients, including those seeking to emigrate to Lithuania. We only take on clients with a real chance to succeed in their chosen path to emigration. Likewise, our offices also operate abroad, where they have acquired extensive experience and enjoy a high rate of success. For any question regarding Lithuanian citizenship for Jews, contact us at the telephone numbers below or by email.

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