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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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.
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
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. highly recommended
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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.
Courteous, clear, efficient service.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Most those who hold a foreign passport, especially a European one, are interested in passing the foreign citizenship on to their children and grandchildren. Even if we ourselves do not take advantage of all the benefits that come with having a European passport, our children will be able to choose to do so when the time comes, and that is not something that should be taken for granted.
In recent years the demand for Romanian passports has been rising, and thousands of Israelis wish to pass this citizenship on to their children. If you wish to find out about applying for a Romanian passport for yourself, we will be happy to help you in this matter. You can also find some preliminary information in this article on our site. If you are already a Romanian citizen and you wish to pass this citizenship on to your children, we can help you with this matter as well. In this article we provide an overview of how that may be done.
The expert staff in our law offices will be happy to be of service to you every step along the way towards applying for your children’s Romanian passports. More generally, we can help you with the process of applying for Romanian passports as Israelis who have past or present Romanian ancestors.
Romanian passports for children of present-day Romanian citizens
If you already have a Romanian passport and are wondering how to pass it on to your children, it is important to note that although the procedure is not complicated, it does require some familiarity with the process.
The process begins with collecting documents such as birth certificates, guardianship documents, and valid Israeli and Romanian passports. These are then submitted to the Romanian embassy in Israel, and you must wait for your application to be approved. Of course, if you cannot or do not wish to deal with submitting the paperwork, you can seek the assistance of a professional to save your time and energy.
The process of passing one’s existing Romanian citizenship on to one’s children is generally quite simple. However, if someone claims eligibility for a passport based on Romanian ancestors, and those ancestors had their citizenship revoked for any reason, the process becomes more complicated.
Romanian passports for Israelis
The young state of Israel is an immigrant state made up of many generations of exiles. Israelis’ roots reach back not only to Europe, and Romania in particular, but to all the Arab countries, South America, the United States, and many other communities around the world.
This fact allows many Israelis to demand their right to citizenships that were held in the past by their ancestors, who in many cases were banished or suffered harassment and assaults and had their citizenship revoked against their will.
Romanian Jewry was subject to great turmoil between the two world wars (for fascinating information on the history of Romania, check out this comprehensive guide to obtaining a Romanian passport) and over the years many Romanian refugees made their way to Israel and acquired Israeli citizenship, some hailing from countries that were under Romanian sovereignty in the past. Romanian citizenship law has undergone many changes throughout the recent decades, and nowadays the conditions for eligibility are quite lenient.
Under Romanian law, to be eligible for Romanian citizenship you must be over 18 years old and your parents or grandparents must have been Romanian-born citizens who had their citizenship revoked. In addition, children of Romanian immigrants who immigrated to Israel between the years 1950 and early 1952, or from mid-1964 until the end of 1965, are eligible for a passport with no generational limit. Up until recently only children and grandchildren of Romanian immigrants were eligible for a passport, but nowadays even great-grandchildren are eligible for Romanian citizenship. Please note that the above holds true regardless of whether the aforementioned ancestor is still alive or has passed away.
The process of exercising your right to a Romanian passport and citizenship:
- Proof of eligibility: In the first stage you must provide proof linking your parents (or grandparents, for that matter) to Romania. This requires finding one or more documents which support your claim, such as a birth certificate, a record of military service, a Romanian marriage certificate, etc. These documents must be submitted to the Romanian embassy for approval. If you receive confirmation that the document is in fact original and valid, you may begin putting together the application file.
- Collecting the relevant documents: Putting together the file involves collecting many documents, including a certificate of good conduct from the Israel Police, the applicant’s birth certificate, the applicant’s Israeli passport, etc. Furthermore, in most cases there will be a need for specific documents, such as a certificate of name change from the Ministry of the Interior, if the applicant (or their father/grandfather) has changed his name, as well as other documents that may be needed. Please note that some of the documents must be submitted together with a notarized Romanian translation with an apostille stamp. The application should be submitted only after all the relevant documents have been collected.
- Submitting the application and tracking it: At this point you must wait for the Romanian authorities to review the application. You can easily track the application’s progress using the embassy’s website. Naturally, we send our clients updates every step along the way.
- Receiving an invitation to a swearing-in ceremony at the embassy and receiving a passport: Once your application is approved, you must go to the Romanian consulate within six months to attend a swearing-in ceremony. After the ceremony, and after having officially completed the process of acquiring citizenship, you are now officially a Romanian citizen and a citizen of the European Union.
If you are wondering about the possibility of obtaining a Romanian passport for your spouse, you should know that it is not an impossible feat, but one which nonetheless is usually complicated and may demand a great deal of effort.
Either way, as soon as you become the bearer of a Romanian passport, you can easily pass it on to your children.
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. Thanks to the Romanian passport, which is in fact a European Union passport ever since Romania became a member in 2007, your children will be able to live in any country within the European Union as citizens, make a living as hired employees or as independent free-lancers in Europe, study in leading academic institutions, and even take advantage of lighter restrictions on entry to other countries, such as the ability to obtain a three-month tourist visa to the United States automatically. Even if you or your children choose not to make use of these rights, it can’t hurt to have the option to do so.
Contact the experts in our office
As you can see, there are many different processes of varying complexity for acquiring a Romanian passport for children or acquiring one as a descendant of Romanian lineage, and these processes require deep familiarity with the embassy, Romanian authorities, and the relevant Israeli authorities.
Our staff of experts on acquiring European citizenship, and Romanian citizenship in particular, will be happy to help.
For professional guidance, you are welcome to contact us regarding any step in the process of acquiring Romanian citizenship for children. We invite you to schedule a meeting with us in our offices in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.