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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.
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.
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.
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.
Extrmely friendly, professional and helpful. A big thank you to Irina especially from the Jerusalem office. Highly Recommended.
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.
competent consulting, fast processing, reliable, warm & good team. 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!
I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.
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!
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.
Very knowledgeable and professional
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.
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
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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 (!)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 …
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Immigrants are often forced to immigrate to Israel in a “split aliyah” — leaving their families or spouses behind. Although the olim (new immigrants to Israel) themselves are entitled to their personal rights in these cases, various legal issues may arise which can make it difficult to bring joint children or single elderly parents to Israel. Below is an explanation of this important and topical issue by attorney Michael Decker, a partner in our firm and expert in Israeli immigration law.
Split aliyah – what can be done in the complex case where you must immigrate without your family or spouse?
The Law of Return grants all Jews the right to make aliyah, including their children and grandchildren. The right to make aliyah includes the right to immigrate to Israel and obtain Israeli citizenship according to the Citizenship Law. Olim are entitled to a variety of rights and benefits from the National Insurance Institute and the various state authorities. In addition, those who are entitled to immigrate to Israel are generally entitled to bring their family along too (spouses and children).
This general right sounds simple on paper, however, in practice this subject can raise various complex legal issues. For example, various questions have recently been raised, among immigrants under the Law of Return coming from Ukraine or Russia, regarding situations in which one of the spouses is required to remain in their home country, due to an obligation to serve in the military in the war taking place there at the time of writing, or in order to take care of other family members who cannot immigrate. In this complex situation, a split aliyah may be necessary, with one spouse or the family being left behind (in cases where it is decided that the children will not make aliyah at this stage). This also raises the question of the olim’s ability to bring their elderly parents, who were left alone when their children moved to Israel. Below we explain the possible legal actions in these cases.
It is important to note that foreign spouses of Israeli citizens and residents, as opposed to spouses of immigrants making aliyah from abroad, must obtain legal status in Israel by a procedure unrelated to aliyah, given that, as a rule, the Law of Return does not apply in such situations. Instead, they must undergo a process to obtain the status of permanent residents or citizens.
Immigrating to Israel without your spouse or part of your family – what is the required process in these cases?
Naturally, it is easier for immigrants to come to Israel together with their foreign spouses and children, both logistically and legally. This way the entire family can immediately begin the process of immigrating and settling in Israel, while simultaneously working to obtain legal status in Israel for the foreign spouse and any children who are minors. Immigrants who make aliyah without their spouses will be required to handle obtaining legal status for them at a later stage. Regarding spouses of people eligible to make aliyah who arrive in Israel on their own, it is important to note that according to their eligibility for the Right of Return and relevant regulations established by the Population and Immigration Authority, they will generally be eligible to be granted the status of an oleh in Israel. In both cases, however, various bureaucratic obstacles may arise throughout the process. In order to complete the application process optimally, we recommend seeking legal assistance from an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law.
As a rule, it is advisable to arrange an aliyah visa before your spouse’s arrival in Israel (whether they are eligible for aliyah themselves or only you are). If you are unable to do so, you can go to the “Nativ” offices at Ben Gurion Airport, to arrange the visa for them. Applications for immigrant/permanent resident status in Israel can be submitted at the Population and Immigration Authority office closest to your place of residence. To apply, you must go to the office in-person. In addition, you must present a foreign passport valid for at least one year from the date of application, as well as the following documents: application form for immigrant/permanent resident status in Israel; application form for an identity card; and 3 recent passport photos (one photo will be used in the application for immigrant status and the others will be used in the application for an identity card).
Along with these documents, you must attach original, authenticated and translated (if required) documents to prove your spouse is Jewish and/or eligible for the Right of Return. If the certificates are written in a language that the official handling the application can read and understand, there will be no need for translation, except when it comes to documents with large amounts of text and court rulings. Also, the spouse’s birth certificate must be presented. If it is not the original birth certificate, it must be authenticated. If the applicant’s first or last name has been changed, a public certificate attesting to the name change must be presented. A recent public certificate from the applicant’s country of origin, indicating their current and previous personal status, must also be presented. Likewise, a current certificate of good conduct (indicating the absence of a criminal record) from the country of origin is also required. Applications are processed by the Population and Immigration Authority, which may request additional documents or details.
Regarding making aliyah with children from a second marriage, here too difficulties may arise. This is mainly due to the need to obtain permission from the other biological parent for minor children to immigrate to Israel. If the minors are over the age of 15, it is possible that in the case of split aliyah, the parents will be required to present evidence that their children have been in their legal custody for the two years preceding the date of application to immigrate with their children to Israel. Here too, pre-emptively seeking assistance from an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law can help ensure the completion of all the necessary actions for the arrival of you and your children and prevent delays and inconveniences along the way.
Difficulty in bringing a single elderly parent
Another situation in which legal difficulties may arise is the case in which one spouse makes aliyah alone while the other spouse remains abroad with a single elderly parent whom they want to bring to Israel as well. The solution here is temporary status in Israel (which can be extended from time to time) for Israeli citizens’ parents who do not have other close family members abroad. In many cases, the procedure for bringing parents to Israel and obtaining legal status for them may be quite complicated. The officials at the Interior Ministry may raise various bureaucratic obstacles here as well. In these cases, there can be several reasons why an application to bring parents to Israel might be rejected. For instance, the authorities could argue that the spouse who stayed behind can take of the parent, and therefore there is no need to bring them to Israel. Alternatively, they could argue that the fact that one spouse immigrated to Israel alone indicates that that spouse’s life is not centered in Israel, which is a mandatory condition for applications for legal status in Israel to be approved. Due to these and other potential difficulties, we recommend using the services of an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law, who is experienced in handling applications to obtain legal status for an elderly parent in Israel.
Immigrating to Israel without your family – contact an attorney specializing in Israeli immigration law
In this article, we explained cases in which individuals entitled to the Right of Return are forced to make aliyah without their family, or without their spouses, and the various legal obstacles that may arise in these cases. If you have specific questions or need advice or assistance on these issues, contact us — we will be happy to help. Attorneys in our firm, with offices located in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, specialize in Israeli immigration law and in assisting foreign citizens (whether they are eligible for the Right of Return or not) in immigration processes and obtaining legal status in Israel, as well as representing them before all the authorities and levels of courts.