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.
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, 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.
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 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 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 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!
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
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.
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
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.
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!
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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 can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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!
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.
During the spread of Coronavirus, many Israeli workers have gone on unpaid vacation and were forced to request unemployment benefits. But what about asylum seekers who were fired during the epidemic and cannot leave the country? A special decision on the release of asylum seeker deposits permits them to request the pension funds and deposits, accrued from their work pay, which they were supposed to receive upon leaving Israel.
The funds amount to thousands of shekels. Their release could help the population of asylum seekers in providing for themselves and for their families during this difficult time. Our law office would be happy to assist you in this issue.
Restriction and Inability to Work During Coronavirus Pandemic
Due to the Corona crisis which has affected the whole world, Israel being no exception, the State of Israel has implemented many restrictions that prevent many workers from going to their jobs. As a result of these restrictions, more than one million employees in the Israeli workforce have been forced to go on unpaid vacation and file for unemployment benefits.
Our office which specializes in labor laws, has submitted a petition to the Supreme Court in order to speed up the date when the unemployment benefits will enter the bank accounts of the many unemployed workers in Israel.
Unemployment, which has grown astronomically due to the Coronavirus epidemic, has also affected asylum seekers in Israel. Regardless of political opinions on their status, they need money to buy food for themselves and for their families, and currently have no ability to leave the country, even if they wanted to.
Pension Funds Released Monthly to Asylum Seekers in Israel and the Date of Their Release
Section 1-11 1(a) of the Foreign Workers Law, 1991 states that up to 36% of the pension funds must be set aside for asylum seekers, with 20% of this amount being set aside from the employee’s own gross salary (thus the salary is reduced by 20%), and 16% is paid by the employer.
Asylum seekers can release these pension funds only after the date of their departure from Israel. If asylum seekers delay their departure from Israel until after the date that had previously been set, the fine will be deducted from their pension funds.
This arrangement is intended to encourage asylum seekers to leave Israel on the date set, and not to linger in the country when they have the ability to return to their country of origin, or when they have found another practical solution (such as finding another country of asylum, for example).
You can learn more about the funds that need to be deposited for foreign workers / illegal immigrants / asylum seekers / refugees in our article on the subject.
There has been much criticism against this policy, and a petition was even filed against the legality of the aforementioned legal arrangement in case 2293/17 Garsghar vs. The Knesset (“Supreme Court ruling on deposit funds for illegal immigrants”). In any case, this is the policy that was enacted in Israel as of the date this article was published, April 12, 2020.
Releasing a Portion of the Deposit Funds During the Coronavirus Period
In the decision made on April 7, 2020 in the case about deposit funds for illegal immigrants, the Supreme Court announced that is was to be a “memorandum to the law of deposit payments for a foreign employee who is an illegal immigrant (temporary provision – the novel Coronavirus), 2020.” Accordingly, asylum seekers can withdraw significant portions of their deposit funds prior to leaving the country.
Note that this is a revolutionary legal memorandum, as these are monies that asylum seekers can withdraw even now. This takes into consideration that many of the asylum seekers probably did not leave the country at the date set (and in these circumstances, as stated, the State can deduct from those same deposit funds as a sort of fine for delay in departing the country).
As of the day this was written, the memorandum to the law has been circulated amongst the public for commentary, and it appears that it will come into effect soon.
In accordance with the memorandum to the law of deposit release for asylum seekers, and until the end of June 2020, asylum seekers will be able to withdraw up to 2,700 NIS each month, starting on the date they were fired or went on unpaid vacation.
Asylum seekers who wish to withdraw these funds will need to produce written proof of dismissal from their employers, and prove that they have private medical insurance during this period in which their employers are not insuring them.
Contact a Lawyer Specializing in Release of Deposit Funds for Asylum Seekers
Attorney Michael Decker from our office, specializes in immigration to Israel, labor laws, and everything related to the laws of deposit funds for asylum seekers, as well as in the release of those funds for said asylum seekers.
If the current memorandum to the law goes into effect, every asylum seeker in Israel who has stored up enough deposit funds can withdraw up to 2,700 NIS each month, starting from mid-March 2020 until the end of June 2020. This adds up to the substantial accumulative amount of more than 9,000 NIS.
In the current legal situation, and if the law does not change following the Supreme Court ruling on deposit funds for illegal immigrants, it is undoubtedly recommended that every asylum seeker take advantage of the opportunity and immediately withdraw the maximum amount of pension funds that they are able (since those funds may be deducted in the future).
Do not hesitate to contact one of the lawyers specializing in this topic from our office for any questions, clarifications, and/or updates regarding the release of deposit funds for asylum seekers during the Coronavirus epidemic.