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.
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
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.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
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
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.
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.
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.
The team at Decker, Pex, Ofir & 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!
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.
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, Ofir & 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, Ofir & 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.
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.
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!
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
We have been working with Decker, Pex Ofir & 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.
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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many foreign citizens residing in Israel are interested in obtaining permanent resident status, since permanent residents have almost the exact same rights as Israeli citizens. Obtaining this status involves a complex bureaucratic process, which usually requires the aid of an experienced lawyer who specializes in immigration to Israel and knows how to properly manage the application. Below we explain about permanent residency in Israel and what is required when applying for this status.
Our law firm, which has branches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specializes in immigration to Israel. We assist clients in arranging their legal status in Israel with the various authorities and courts. The lawyers at our firm have extensive experience in representing foreign nationals in status-arrangement proceedings in Israel, including the status of spouses and family members of Israeli citizens, as well as asylum seekers and foreign nationals seeking legal status in Israel on humanitarian grounds.
What Is Permanent Residency and How Is It Different from Citizenship?
Like in other countries, the State of Israel grants various types of legal status and residence permits. Visitors coming to Israel for a short time usually receive a tourist visa. Visitors coming to Israel for purposes such as work or academic studies may receive a visa that allows them to stay for a longer period of time, along with supplementary permits to work here, if necessary. In contrast, if foreign citizens are interested in settling in Israel, they must acquire permanent resident status.
Permanent residents in Israel are entitled to almost as many rights as Israeli citizens. They hold an Israeli identity card and are usually allowed to stay in Israel indefinitely. They enjoy many social rights under the National Insurance Law, which include, among other things, income support and unemployment benefits.
Unlike Israeli citizens, permanent residents are not eligible to an Israeli passport. Therefore, their ability to leave Israel and come back may be limited. A prolonged stay in a foreign country may interrupt eligibility for permanent resident status in Israel. In addition, permanent residents are not eligible to participate in the Israeli elections or be elected to the Knesset.
Despite these differences, many foreign citizens, especially those who cannot obtain additional citizenship without renouncing their present citizenship, are very interested in obtaining the status of permanent resident in Israel and, to gain it, go through lengthy procedures with the Israeli authorities. These procedures may often be complex and frustrating; therefore, to make sure that they are conducted in the best manner, it is important to know the relevant rules well. Common cases of applications for permanent resident status in Israel and the procedure that they entail are discussed below.
Permanent Residency for Foreign Spouses of Israelis
Foreign citizens who are in a couple relationship with Israeli citizens may be eligible for permanent resident status in Israel. This status is granted so that the couple may live together in the country. However, obtaining this status is lengthy and takes several years. The relevant regulations (for couples who are formally married or in a common-law marriage) include a graduated procedure in which visas are granted for staying in Israel for relatively short periods of time and must be renewed every so often (usually once a year). At the end of the process, permanent residency is granted, which, in some cases, is then changed to Israeli citizenship. For more information on the graduated procedure, see the detailed guide on our firm’s website.
Palestinians and Individuals Seeking Permanent Residency On Humanitarian Grounds
Palestinian residents and foreign nationals who are interested in obtaining legal status in Israel on humanitarian grounds may also be eligible for permanent resident status in Israel. However, Israeli law is very ambiguous about such cases. The Ministry of Interior’s policy greatly restricts the possibility of arranging legal status for Palestinians and asylum seekers. Accordingly, in these cases it is especially important to seek the help of a professional experienced in immigration, in light of the above-mentioned ambiguity and the arbitrary decisions that may be made as a result.
Regarding Palestinian residents – ever since the law banning family reunification came into force in 2003, the law generally does not allow Palestinians who have a couple relationship with Israeli citizens or permanent residents to acquire citizenship or permanent residency in Israel. In these cases, a temporary residence permit is usually granted instead of permanent residency. As a result, Palestinian residents may sometimes be able to stay in Israel for decades, but they will have to extend their residence permit every year. There is much criticism about this state of affairs.
However, the law does not completely prevent the possibility of Palestinians gaining permanent resident status in Israel. For example, the law allows the Minister of Interior to grant citizenship or legal status in Israel (including permanent residency) to Palestinian residents who work to advance Israel’s security, economy, or any other important State interest. Similarly, the law makes it possible to grant citizenship and permanent residency in cases that have special importance to the State of Israel. In other words, there may be exceptions where, despite the prohibitions and ambiguity of the law, Palestinian residents may acquire permanent resident status in Israel.
Regarding foreign citizens seeking permanent residency on humanitarian grounds – the main cases in which it is possible to acquire permanent residency are the case of spouses of Israeli citizens, seeking asylum in Israel; or citizens of enemy countries. Arranging legal status and acquiring permanent residency in these cases may require a more complicated and lengthy procedure than that required of other foreign spouses. The authorities dealing with the issue may place difficulties throughout the stages of the procedure and prevent the possibility of completing it and receiving permanent residency.
However, these cases may be brought to court, and the court will often intervene. This happened, for example, in an administrative appeal brought before the Tel Aviv Court for Administrative Matters. The court accepted an appeal by an Israeli citizen and her asylum-seeking husband from Sudan, and ruled that the husband must be allowed to complete the process of arranging his permanent resident status. A major reason for the court’s decision was the importance of the right to marriage and family life.
Additional Cases in Which It Is Possible to Obtain Permanent Resident Status in Israel
In addition to the cases mentioned above, the Population Authority has regulations that enable parents of Israeli citizens and residents to become permanent residents in Israel. Most of the eligible parents are parents of Israeli soldiers or elderly or single parents. In either case, before acquiring the status of permanent resident, temporary status for several years (between 3 and 4 years) is required. There are also other situations in which it is possible to acquire permanent resident status. To understand whether you are entitled to permanent resident status in Israel, it is possible and even desirable to consult a lawyer specializing in immigration to Israel.
Contact a Lawyer Who Specializes in Immigration and in Arranging Legal Status in Israel
In conclusion, permanent resident status in Israel is possible in various cases, but usually involves a prolonged complex bureaucratic procedure. Our office is available for any questions you may have on the matter and any assistance you may need. Our firm provides professional legal assistance for couples, families, and foreign citizens in arranging legal status in Israel, based on extensive experience and many success stories.