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.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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 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.
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 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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly 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.
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.
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!
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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.
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 (!)
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.
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.
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!
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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
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.
What are the changes in the Portuguese citizenship law between 2022 and 2023 and what do they mean for your eligibility to receive a Portuguese passport?
We recently described the last chance to get a Portuguese passport for those with Jewish-Spanish roots: the changes to Portugal’s immigration regulations that were adopted in 2022 and limit the acceptance of citizenship only to those with ties to Portugal (culture, language, place of residence, etc.) will be reviewed in an appeal that will reach the Supreme Court in Portugal and will likely be found unconstitutional. On the other hand, the updates to the Portuguese Citizenship Law, which were drafted with greater attention to the constitutionality of the changes, will only come into effect in 2024. If the changes made to immigration procedures in 2022 are canceled by the court, any request submitted until the end of December 2023 will be accepted or denied according to the “old” rules of 2018-2021. In other words, it is likely (but not certain) that all those who can prove their descent from Sephardi Jews and submit their application this year, will be able receive a Portuguese passport for themselves and their family members without having to prove ties to Portugal.
But what are the expected changes in the Portuguese citizenship law? Since most of the applicants do not speak Portuguese (hence the issue of affinity etc), we took it upon ourselves to translate the text of the proposal into English:
“Law Proposal Number 72/XV/1.ª
Motives for the proposal:
Organic Law Number 1/2013, of 29th July, adding the fifth amendment to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October, approved by the Nationality Law, allowed the acquisition of Portuguese nationality, by naturalization, to the descendants of Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin expelled from Portugal at the end of the 15th century, exempting them from fulfilling the requirements of residence in Portugal and knowledge of the Portuguese language.
This kingdom aimed to promote a legacy of the persecutions suffered by the Jewish community from the reign of D. Manuel I, allowing the return to the Portuguese community of the descendants of Jews expelled or who fled from the Inquisition who objectively demonstrate the tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.
In this context, by the end of 2021, around 140,000 requests for naturalization were submitted, with Portuguese nationality having been granted to around 57,000 descendants. Since 2017, there has been an exponential increase in naturalization requests – a trend aggravated by the revocation, in 2019, of the regime approved in Spain with the same purpose –, going from approximately 7,000 requests per year in 2017, to more than 50,000 in 2021. In 2021, these requests represented 72% of all requests for the acquisition of Portuguese nationality through naturalization.
At the same time, there has been a growing about number of requests for naturalization for family members of citizens who obtained Portuguese naturalization, with almost all those naturalized do not live or have connections to Portugal – contrary to what was intended with the consecration of the kingdom.
As has been made public knowledge, this kingdom has boosted the proliferation of companies that use aggressive advertising to entice potentially interested parties in naturalization, announcing the advantages associated with obtaining a passport from a Member State of the European Union that allows you to travel without a visa to most countries in the world.
Over this context, it is justified to share in the Nationality Law the requirement that descendants of Sephardic Jews have an effective and current connection to Portugal, demonstrating, when the request is placed, the existence of this connection with the country and with the national community. Those who want to have an effective connection with the national community and not just those who want to obtain an advantageous status, gain access to Portuguese nationality in this way.
During the process above, considering that, currently, only Portugal provides a system for the naturalization of foreigners based solely on the distant descent of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from the Iberian Peninsula more than five centuries ago and that this regime has already been applied for seven years, it is understood to be the purpose of historic reparation envisaged by Organic Law Number 1/2013, of 29th July, was fulfilled.
No regime of historical reparation should be eternal, therefore, it is considered that a time limit should be set for the validity of the regime of exception enshrined for descendants of Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin, like what happened in Spain, whose regime had an application limited in time, being, moreover, very demanding for the granting of Spanish nationality to descendants of Sephardic Jews.
Additionally, the Nationality Law does not contain any provision that prevents the normal progress and outcome of the process of acquiring nationality
Portuguese submitted by citizen recipients of restrictive measures determined by the European Union or the United Nations, it is deemed appropriate to provide for the suspension of the nationality process while the measure is applicable, thus ensuring better coordination of this legal regime with the regime enshrined in Law no. 97/2017, of 23rd August, in its current wording.
Currently, if a foreigner is the recipient of a restrictive measure, he may be prevented from entering Portugal, but this does not mean that he is prevented from obtaining Portuguese nationality. Incidentally, once Portuguese nationality is acquired, there is no way to prevent you from entering national territory or to determine your exit.
Collected experience also recommends collecting biometric data from those interested in Portuguese nationality to strengthen the mechanisms for verifying the reliability of the data communicated by those interested in the nationality process.
About the phenomena likely to integrate the concept of danger or threat to public order, security, or national defense which, when verified, determine the non-granting of nationality, its extension is extended, bringing the regime closer to Law no. 23/2007, of 4th July, which approves the legal regime for the entry, stay, exit and removal of foreigners from national territory, thus reinforcing the legal system in its protective dimension of national security.
The measure of the penalty that prevents the granting of nationality, is in line with the regime set out in Law no. 23/2007, of 4th July in its current wording. It was further reduced from three to one year.
Finally, we take advantage of the opportunity to clarify the fact that the acquisition of nationality depends on the purpose of counting the period of opposition to the acquisition of nationality by will.
Under the terms of paragraph d) of paragraph 1 of article 197 of the Constitution, the Government presents the following bill to the Assembly of the Republic:
This law makes the 10th amendment to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October, in its current wording, which approves the Nationality Law.
Amendment to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October
Articles 1, 6, 9, 10, and 13 Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October, in its current wording, are replaced by the following wording:
1 – […].
2 – […].
3 – The existence of effective ties to the national community, for the purposes established in paragraph d) of paragraph 1, is verified by sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language and depends on the non-conviction of a prison sentence equal to or greater than 1 year, with a final and unappealable sentence, for a crime punishable under Portuguese law, and the non-existence of danger or threat to national security or defense, namely for involvement in activities related to the practice of terrorism, violence, especially violent or highly organized crime.
4 – […].
COUNCIL PRESIDENCY OF THE MINISTERS
1 – […]:
- a) […];
- b) […];
- c) […];
- d) Have not been convicted, with a final and unappealable sentence, with a prison sentence equal to or greater than 1 year, for a crime punishable under Portuguese law.
- e) Do not have a danger or threat to national security or defense, namely through involvement in activities related to the practice of terrorism, violent crime, especially violent or highly organized crime.
2 – […].
3 – […].
4 – […].
5 – […].
6 – […].
7 – The Government may grant nationality by naturalization, waiving the requirements set out in paragraphs b) and c) of paragraph 1, to descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews, by demonstrating:
- a) From the tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin, based on proven objective requirements of connection to Portugal, namely surnames, family language, and direct or collateral descent; It is.
- b) Ownership transferred mortis causa, of real rights over real estate located in Portugal, of other personal rights of enjoyment or of shareholdings in commercial companies or cooperatives based in Portugal, or the performance of regular trips throughout the life of the applicant to Portugal, when such facts attest to an effective and lasting connection to Portugal.
8 – […].
9 – […].
10 – […].
11 – Proof of the non-existence of a conviction, with a final and unappealable sentence, with a prison sentence equal to or greater than 1 year referred to in sub-paragraph d) of paragraph 1, is provided by showing the criminal record certificates issued:
- a) […];
- b) […].
12 – […].
1 – […]:
- a) […];
- b) Conviction, with a final and unappealable sentence, with a prison sentence equal to or greater than 1 year, for a crime punishable under Portuguese law.
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- c) […];
- d) The existence of danger or threat to national security or defense, namely through involvement in activities related to the practice of terrorism, violent crime, especially violent or highly organized crime.
2 – […].
3 – […].
4 – […].
1 – Opposition is filed by the Public Prosecution Service within a period of 1 year from the date of registration of the acquisition of nationality, in a process to be instituted under the terms of Article 26.
2 – […].
1 – […].
2 – The procedure for acquiring Portuguese nationality by will, adoption, or naturalization is also suspended while the interested party is the recipient of restrictive measures approved by the United Nations or by the European Union, within the meaning of Law no. 97/2017, of 23rd August.
3 – [Previous no 2].
4 -Acts committed in violation of the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2 are null and void.
Amendment to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October
Article 12-C is added to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October, in its current wording, with the following wording:
Collection of biometric data
1 – To verify the reliability of the data presented in the nationality process, the following biometric data of interested parties may be collected:
- a) Face Picture.
- c) Height.
2 – The collection and processing of the data referred to in the previous number may be carried out by qualified personnel duly accredited by the Instituto de Registos e Notariado, I.P. (IRN, I.P.), or by the Directorate-General of Consular Affairs and by Portuguese Communities, or through self-service terminals provided by IRN, I.P., or self-service terminals provided by Agência para a Modernização Administrativa, I.P., in citizen spaces.
3 – If the request for nationality is granted, the data referred to in paragraph 1 may be reused for the purposes set out in Law no. 7/2007, of 5th February, in its current wording, and will be stored under the terms provided therein.
4 -In case of a denied request for nationality, the data referred to in paragraph 1 shall be deleted after the period for a judicial challenge to the rejection order has expired or, in case of challenge, after the decision has become final and unappealable. dismissal order. »
Amendment systematic to Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October
Chapter VI of Title I of Law Number 37/81, of 3rd October, in its current wording, now integrates Articles 12-C to 15.
The Government makes necessary changes to the Portuguese Nationality Regulation, approved by Decree-Law No. 237-A/2006, of 14th December, within a period of 90 days from the publication of this law, determining, namely, the terms the collection and processing of biometric data referred to in article 12-C of Law no. 37/81, of 3rd October, as amended by this law.
Article 6(7) of Law No. 37/81, of 3rd October, in his current wording, is revoked. Article 7
Entry into force and effect
1 – Without prejudice to the provisions of the following number, this law enters into force on the day following its publication.
2 – The provisions of the previous article take effect on January 1, 2024.
3 – The provisions of the previous number do not affect the assessment of applications for granting Portuguese nationality presented, based on paragraph 7 of article 6 of Law no. 37/81, from October 3rd, until December 31, 2023.
Seen and approved by the Council of Ministers on 6th April 2023
The Prime Minister
The Minister of Justice
The Minister of State and Parliamentary Affairs