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Everything You Need to Know About Obtaining a Second Passport

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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.

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.

Priscilla Moses

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Eden Weiss

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

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.

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 ????

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

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!

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

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????

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!

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.

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!

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.

Yossi Montrose

Very knowledgeable and professional

Schruuf

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.

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 (!)

YK C

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.

David De La Rosa

Very friendly, professional, and effective, highly recommended

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

lynn vonne

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

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.

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

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.

Lilian Granovsky

I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

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.

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.

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.

Shaltiel Devorah

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Does obtaining a second passport seem unnecessary? What’s the benefit of another passport in addition to the one you already have? A dual citizenship can have several benefits you may not even have considered. From being able to visit more countries with fewer hassles, to being eligible for education in your second country of choice, the benefits of a second passport are multiple. But, of course, obtaining a second citizenship is not the same everywhere. Some countries have a more liberal outlook towards offering citizenship to foreign nationals while others have a more stringent approach to it. Also, not all passports are equally powerful.

So, if you are thinking of getting a second passport, it is important to know where it is easier to obtain one and which passports have the most value worldwide.

Second Passport

What is dual citizenship?

Dual citizenship means having citizenship of two countries simultaneously. With dual citizenship, you are eligible to hold passports of both nations. Dual citizenship gives you the freedom to live, work, study and buy property in both countries, and travel to many different countries relatively easily. In other words, with dual citizenship, you enjoy all the privileges of being a citizen in both countries in which you hold a passport. But the process of applying for dual citizenship and a second passport can be quite complex. Many countries don’t even offer dual citizenship. For example, the United States allows dual citizenship with many countries but others like China, Japan, India, Lithuania, etc. do not allow dual citizenship.

Also, in some cases, an individual is eligible for dual citizenship automatically. For instance, if a child is born in the United States to parents who are citizens of another country, the child automatically gains US citizenship along with citizenship of their origin country. In other cases, there is a specified legal process for obtaining dual citizenship, where citizenship is granted if the individual fulfills all the eligibility criteria set by the country.

What are the benefits of a second passport?

The biggest advantage that dual citizenship offers is two passports. You have the choice to use either of your passports if and when you need them. How does this help? This helps because some passports may be more powerful in certain parts of the world. For instance, if you have a second passport from the EU – say one of the Schengen Zone countries – you can travel to any other Schengen area country freely. This means you won’t have to show your national ID or passport when moving across countries in the region, which is usually not possible with your other passport.

Some major benefits you can enjoy with a second passport are –

  • Visa-free travel to many countries. Most countries allow travelers from certain countries to enter without a visa. With a second passport, the list of visa-free destinations becomes longer.
  • Longer stays in certain countries with a travel visa. Travel visas usually offer very little time for you to stay in the country. But often, nations allow tourists from certain countries to stay on longer even with a travel visa. Your second passport could give you this privilege if you choose wisely.
  • You cannot be denied entry at the borders of both countries. In certain situations, nations often lock their borders to foreign nationals, as we saw during the Covid-19 pandemic. But citizens are given entry at all times. With a second passport, you will be free to enter both your countries without restrictions, except for some minor protocols like quarantine and such.
  • Consular protection from two countries. When you are traveling to another country, you can seek assistance or protection during emergencies from consulates of either of the countries you hold passports of. For instance, if a war breaks out in the country you are traveling in, you can go to either of your home nations’ consulates for protection.
  • You are subject to the laws of both countries and enjoy the privileges of both as well. From owning property to gaining education, you will be governed by the same rules as any other citizen in both countries.
  • Opens new entrepreneurial opportunities for you across the world. You are free to work and do business in both your countries. Also, some nations have fewer rules and requirements when it comes to supporting businesses. So you may have an added advantage with a second passport from such nations.

How can I get a second passport?

There are many ways an individual may be eligible for dual citizenship. Here are some to start with.

By descent

Citizenship by descent is when your parents or grandparents were citizens of the country whose passport you seek to obtain. In such cases, many countries will grant you citizenship by descent if you can prove your ancestry. Examples of countries that will give you a passport through ancestry are Germany, Ireland, Poland, Israel, etc.

By marriage

Citizenship by marriage is also quite common. Many countries offer fast-track naturalization in case a citizen marries a foreign national. These include countries like France and the U.S.

By investment

If you can afford it, you can get a second passport by investing in a country’s economy. Investing in science and tech research, real estate, industry, etc. in some countries gives you the privilege to apply for citizenship too. For instance, Portugal has a Gold Visa Program for investors, under which you can live and work in Portugal for up to 5 years on the Golden Visa through significant investment. After 5 years, you can apply for Portuguese citizenship. Many other countries like St. Lucia, Dominica, Malta, Grenada, Egypt, etc. also offer extremely affordable investment options for anyone looking for citizenship by investment.

By naturalization

This method is where an individual makes their way to citizenship in a country gradually by living and working in the country legally for a long time. Often there are certain requirements to be fulfilled for citizenship by naturalization. For instance, you may have to reside in the country continuously for at least 5 years before applying. You may also have to appear for language tests and more.

Which are the best countries to get a second passport?

The country from which you seek a second passport will depend on your personal needs and preferences of course. But there are some countries where it may be easier to get a second passport, particularly if you have a line of descent or a certain sum for investment. Some of these countries are –

There are many other options of course, but these are some of the easiest to get in. Getting a second passport from any of the EU nations will also give you access to one of the largest free travel regions in the world. This makes an EU passport a lucrative option too. Weigh your options and find a country that best fits into your future plans.

Consult our immigration lawyers

Now that you know why dual citizenship is important and how to get a second passport, you are already halfway there. But before you decide to take your first step, it is always best to consult the experts. Our immigration lawyers can help you decide where to apply for dual citizenship and guide you through the application process. With a little help, your dream of obtaining a second passport could soon be a reality.

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