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Entry Made Easy: Israel’s New Travel Authorization System

What are the entry procedures for those using Israel’s new authorization system? Israel recently implemented a new Electronic Travel Authorization system, ETA-IL. The new procedure marks a significant step in modernizing Israel’s entry process for international travelers. The new initiative aims to improve security and efficiency while providing a smooth entry experience for visitors. Here’s … Continue reading Entry Made Easy: Israel’s New Travel Authorization System

Israel’s Tax Incentives for Olim

For more than a decade, Israel has strategically leveraged tax incentives for Olim to strengthen its economy and attract global Jewish talent, fostering a vibrant ecosystem for entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals. At the heart of these incentives was a ten-year exemption from reporting foreign income and assets for new immigrants (Olim) and returning residents, a … Continue reading Israel’s Tax Incentives for Olim

The Legal Battle for Citizenship in East Jerusalem

East Jerusalem has always been a contentious issue within the Israeli-Arab conflict. Aside from holding religious significance to the Jews, Muslims and Christian, all three Abrahamic religions, it also represents the geo-political tensions in the area. Palestinian leadership views East Jerusalem as the prospective future capital of Palestine, and its annexation in 1967 left many … Continue reading The Legal Battle for Citizenship in East Jerusalem

Germany’s Naturalization Debate and Israeli Connection

Due to labor shortages, the German parliament has begun the process of amending Germany’s naturalization laws to incentivize more skilled workers to immigrate. The new bill would reduce the minimum number of years as a permanent resident before naturalization from eight to five and allow applicants to retain dual citizenship. In addition to making it … Continue reading Germany’s Naturalization Debate and Israeli Connection

The Reasonableness Standard in Israeli Law

Understanding the Reasonableness standard in Israeli law can be a complex task. This legal principle, deeply rooted in Israeli law, serves as a critical benchmark for judicial review. The reasonableness standard originated from English common law and has since been adopted by various jurisdictions worldwide. In Israel, it holds significant weight in administrative decision-making processes … Continue reading The Reasonableness Standard in Israeli Law

Law of Return and Child Welfare: Parental permission for Aliyah

In a seminal legal development, Israel’s court has addressed an issue with profound implications for the nation’s immigration policy, regarding children of divorced parents who reside in different countries and parental permission for Aliyah. In this article we will delve into the specific facts of the case before exploring why this ruling is so crucial … Continue reading Law of Return and Child Welfare: Parental permission for Aliyah

What is a Siblinghood DNA test? Half Brothers Aliyah Struggle

In this article we’ll review an interesting case managed by that covered important issues like the question of being a “mamzer” in Israeli law,  paternity testing in Israeli law, the complications of a siblinghood DNA test and the legal complications that might arise during an Aliyah process according to the Law of Return. Israel’s Judicial … Continue reading What is a Siblinghood DNA test? Half Brothers Aliyah Struggle

Aliyah Eligibility to Widows of Jewish Descendants

On November 13th, the Israeli Supreme Court published a second ruling to clarify whether widows of Jewish descendants are eligible for Aliyah. In this article, we will explore the prior verdict, given in 2021, and the revisions made by the Supreme Court during the second discussion in 2023. The Supreme Court rarely conducts second discussions. … Continue reading Aliyah Eligibility to Widows of Jewish Descendants

The Recurring Rise of Anti-Semitism Across the Global West 

Old Scars, New Wounds:   Conflicts in the Middle East have historically heightened tensions between Jewish and Muslim communities within the region. However, over the past two decades, this discord has expanded globally, affecting Jewish and Muslim relations worldwide. Naturally, an escalation has occurred since the October 7th attack and the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, leading to … Continue reading The Recurring Rise of Anti-Semitism Across the Global West 

Israel’s Asylum Seeker Dilemma Amid Eritrean Demonstrations

  On September 2nd, 2023, chaos broke out amid Eritrean asylum seekers demonstrating in southern Tel Aviv. The Eritrean Embassy arranged an event to mark President Isais Afwerki’s 30 years of rule. Outside the venue hosting this event, groups in support of, and in opposition to Isais Afwerki’s rule organized. Supporters of the regime wore … Continue reading Israel’s Asylum Seeker Dilemma Amid Eritrean Demonstrations

Joining IDF as a Non-Jewish Foreigner

The unexpected attack of Hamas on Israeli kibbutzim near the Gaza border on the 7th of October 2023 left the international community shocked. Parallels have been drawn to the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and the 9/11 attacks. Videos captured by Hamas terrorists of their atrocities have shed light on the horrifying danger faced by … Continue reading Joining IDF as a Non-Jewish Foreigner

A Great-Grandchild’s Battle for Permanent Residence in Israel

The Law of Return, a fundamental piece of legislation in Israel, has played an important role in shaping Israel’s immigration policies, rooted in the ideals upon which Israel was founded; proclaiming that every Jew in the world has the inherent right to immigrate to Israel. Since its enactment, July 5th of 1950, this law has … Continue reading A Great-Grandchild’s Battle for Permanent Residence in Israel

Austria Citizenship by Investment

The descents of holocaust survivors who resided in Austria can get Austrian citizenship. But what are the other options for obtaining Austrian citizenship? One of the options is getting from Austria citizenship by investment. Other options can be obtaining citizenship through marriage or through a work visa. Those who manage to get a job in … Continue reading Austria Citizenship by Investment

Can You Work in Israel on a Student Visa?

Ever dreamed of studying amidst the ancient walls of Jerusalem, or exploring high-tech innovations in Tel Aviv between classes? Imagine being part of Israel’s vibrant student life. It all starts with a simple yet crucial step: getting an Israeli Student Visa. It’s like the golden ticket that lets your dream take flight! ‘Just how do … Continue reading Can You Work in Israel on a Student Visa?

Does Israel Accept International Students?

Ever dreamed of studying in the historic land of Israel, soaking up knowledge while walking paths that ancient scholars once tread? Maybe you’re already packing your bags. But hold on a sec. Does Israel accept international students? How to apply for an Israeli student visa? What are the required documents and information? Sure, we’ve all … Continue reading Does Israel Accept International Students?

How Long Are Student Visas Valid for?

Ever felt like the road to your dreams is paved with endless paperwork? I’ve been there. The journey starts off exciting – visions of exploring Jerusalem’s ancient streets, studying in Tel Aviv’s modern universities. But then comes the daunting task of applying for that A2 Student Visa for Israel. It can feel as complex as … Continue reading How Long Are Student Visas Valid for?

What Type of Visa is a Student Visa in Israel?

Ever dreamt of studying in the Holy Land? Ever imagined yourself strolling through Jerusalem’s ancient streets between classes? You’re not alone. Many students from across the globe have had that same vision, but one big question always pops up – “How do I get a student visa for Israel?” This might feel like trying to … Continue reading What Type of Visa is a Student Visa in Israel?

How Does a Foreigner Get a Student Visa to Israel?

Understanding the Israeli Student Visa Process If you’re a foreign citizen looking to study in Israel, you’ll need an Israeli student visa. To get started with your journey towards studying in Israel, it’s essential to understand how does a foreigner get a student visa to Israel. First off, only students participating at a recognized educational … Continue reading How Does a Foreigner Get a Student Visa to Israel?

Airport security checking phones at the Israeli Border

Our law office represents many foreign visitors – primarily relatives and spouses of Israelis – who were stopped, questioned, and finally refused entry at the Israeli border. Many of these deportees were asked to allow the security staff to browse through their phones, so as to verify their intentions during their visit to Israel. As … Continue reading Airport security checking phones at the Israeli Border

How Can I Move to Israel for Work? A Comprehensive Guide on Immigration and Working in Israel

Who Can Help Me Navigate Israel’s Immigration Laws? Our legal team is a leader in navigating immigration, visas, and Aliyah to Israel. We excel in securing Israeli work visas for overseas specialists. Consequently, a frequent query we face is, “How can I move to Israel for work, especially if I’m a non-Jew?” In the forthcoming … Continue reading How Can I Move to Israel for Work? A Comprehensive Guide on Immigration and Working in Israel

What Happens if Denied Entry to Israel?

What Should You Do if Deported from Israel? What happens if denied entry to Israel, or even worse, deported? Many individuals, especially those seeking to understand Israeli immigration laws, ponder over this. Our law firm, with its specialization in Israeli immigration and entry matters, frequently addresses these concerns. While our website offers a multitude of … Continue reading What Happens if Denied Entry to Israel?

Can a Foreigner Buy Property in Israel?

Can a Foreigner Buy Property in Israel? is an intriguing question that piques the interest of many international investors. The Israeli real estate market, known for its stability and promising returns, often sparks curiosity among foreign buyers. However, purchasing property in another country comes with its own set of complexities and legal implications. In this … Continue reading Can a Foreigner Buy Property in Israel?

Can a US Citizen Own Land in Israel?

Can a US Citizen Own Land in Israel? The question of whether foreigners can buy Israeli real estate is one that many potential investors ask. The answer is yes, but there are some considerations to keep in mind. In short, while foreigners can indeed own real estate in our country, purchasing lands owned by the … Continue reading Can a US Citizen Own Land in Israel?

Can I Live in Israel Without Being a Citizen?

Can I live in Israel without being a citizen? Many individuals ponder the possibility of inhabiting Israel without holding citizenship, particularly those with Jewish lineage or a fondness for the country’s abundant cultural diversity. There are few ways to live in Israel without obtaining a permanent resident or citizen status. In turn, becoming a resident … Continue reading Can I Live in Israel Without Being a Citizen?

Refusal of entry to Israel

Refusal of entry to Israel is a complex issue that many travelers grapple with. The intricacies surrounding this topic can be overwhelming, leaving individuals unsure about their rights and potential recourse options… Navigating the refusal of entry to Israel isn’t just about understanding immigration laws. It’s also about recognizing the power dynamics at play in … Continue reading Refusal of entry to Israel

How Do I Get a Student Visa for Israel?

How Do I Get a Student Visa for Israel? This question might be at the forefront of your mind if you’re planning to study in this culturally rich and historically significant country. Navigating international visa processes can feel overwhelming, but with the right guidance, it becomes manageable. The process of obtaining an Israeli student visa … Continue reading How Do I Get a Student Visa for Israel?

Israel’s “Reasonableness standard” – a simple explanation

The judicial reform presented by the current coalition, headed by Prime-Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud), led to an unprecedented national debate and one of the biggest political crisis in the last decades. Much of the discussion can be trace to the “reasonableness standard”. The reasonableness law, approved last month,  abridges of the Supreme Court’s power to … Continue reading Israel’s “Reasonableness standard” – a simple explanation

Austria Dual Citizenship

Austria Dual Citizenship is a coveted status, offering numerous benefits and opportunities. However, navigating the path to dual citizenship can be complex and challenging. Seek Qualified Help If you are a Jew of Austrian descent and have always dreamt of acquiring Austrian citizenship, the process might be easier than you think. Austria generally does not … Continue reading Austria Dual Citizenship

Entry to Israel: New Rules for American Palestinian Citizens

Entry to Israel for Americans who are also Palestinian citizens has always been a topic of much debate and discussion. The particular geopolitical state of affairs in the region, coupled with the intricate relationship between Israel and Palestine, has generated a lot of conversation concerning entry to Israel for American Palestinian citizens. The entry process … Continue reading Entry to Israel: New Rules for American Palestinian Citizens

Obtaining an Austrian Passport

A New Path to European Passports for Israelis through Austrian Law Over 150,000 Israelis now have an additional opportunity to secure an Austrian passport following a significant change in Austrian citizenship laws. Thousands of Israelis and Jews around the world descended from Austrians who suffered persecution under the Nazi regime may now obtain an EU … Continue reading Obtaining an Austrian Passport

Aliyah for Grand-Grandchildren

Aliyah for Grand-Grandchildren is a complex journey, often fraught with legal intricacies and emotional challenges. Adult grand-grandchildren are generally not eligible to make Aliyah, while minor grand-granchildren immigrating alongside their parents must provide the right documents to prove their connection to a Jewish grand-grandparent. The process involves navigating through Israeli immigration laws, under certain conditions set … Continue reading Aliyah for Grand-Grandchildren

German Passport for Jews

In the course of World War II, the devastating Nazi regime led to the tragic loss of millions of Jewish lives. Only a portion of the Jews living in Germany had the chance to escape the country before the dreadful atrocities unfolded. Unfortunately, not everyone was fortunate enough to escape, and they had to endure … Continue reading German Passport for Jews

German Citizenship by Descent Lawyer

Before World War II, the Jewish community in Germany flourished, with German Jews playing a significant role in the broader German society. They held various professions, such as business owners, doctors, lawyers, and others. Tragically, the ascension of the Nazi party and the Holocaust led to the loss of many Jews residing in Germany. Some, … Continue reading German Citizenship by Descent Lawyer

German Citizenship By Marriage

Descendants of German Jews are eligible for German citizenship by descent. Many our office’s clients, who wish to acquire German citizenship by descent, want to know whether their spouses are eligible to request German citizenship as well. Unfortunately, those who are not descendants of German Jews cannot acquire citizenship by being married to a descendant. … Continue reading German Citizenship By Marriage

How Can I Move to Israel for Work?

Written by: Chloe Smeader Israel offers diverse visa options for those interested in working there, with plenty of opportunities arising from its innovative and dynamic business market. Known as the Start-up nation, Israel has numerous businesses consistently creating job prospects. Entrepreneurs seeking a new career path can benefit from specific visas tailored to their needs. … Continue reading How Can I Move to Israel for Work?

Can a U.S. Citizen Own Land in Israel?

Written by: Chloe Smeader Purchasing land in Israel as a foreigner offers a chance to invest in a country steeped in history, culture, and economic growth. While acquiring land may seem difficult due to legal complexities, the Israeli government has implemented strategies to facilitate foreign ownership, allowing non-residents to participate in the nation’s dynamic real … Continue reading Can a U.S. Citizen Own Land in Israel?

What are the requirements to make Aliyah?

Written by: Chloe Smeader In 1950 when Israel was a brand new country, the Law of Return was set in place. This law guaranteed every Jew (but for a few exceptions) the right to immigrate to Israel and become an Israeli citizen. At this time in history, the Jewish people were searching for a homeland … Continue reading What are the requirements to make Aliyah?

Obtaining a Student Visa to Israel

What is a Student Visa? A student visa is considered to be a legal immigration document which allows foreign students to temporarily study in a certain country for a predetermined period of time. Israeli student visas are commonly used for institutions including accredited colleges, universities, seminaries or yeshivot, conservatories, along with other academic and language … Continue reading Obtaining a Student Visa to Israel

Can an American notary currently in Israel sign documents for use in the United States?

Generally speaking, the short answer to this question is no, since it is commonly accepted that a notary may only legally provide service where he is licensed, within any international jurisdiction. This article will highlight a few other reasons explaining why a notary public licensed from the United States who is working abroad, specifically in … Continue reading Can an American notary currently in Israel sign documents for use in the United States?

Austrian Passport By Ancestral Persecution

Who is eligible for Austrian citizenship?  In 1938, Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, known as the German Reich, leading to a mass exodus of Austrian Jews. This event, commonly referred to as “The Anschluss,” resulted in around 200,000 Jews residing in Austria at that time being forced to flee. Some managed to survive the … Continue reading Austrian Passport By Ancestral Persecution

Can You Get Israeli Citizenship By Marriage?

Written by: Chloe Smeader Marriage seems to be a common right everyone should have access to, but in Israel, due to religion dominating family matters, certain laws prevent civil unions from occurring. Many people wish to immigrate to Israel, and for some, citizenship through marriage is the easiest option. Currently, Israeli citizens can pass on … Continue reading Can You Get Israeli Citizenship By Marriage?

How Can I Get Permanent Residency in Israel?

Permanent residency status in Israel bestows individuals with a lasting and secure legal standing within the country. Holders of permanent residency enjoy the privilege of having an Israeli personal identification card, which serves as their official identification document. However, it is essential to note that permanent residents in Israel are not entitled to participate in … Continue reading How Can I Get Permanent Residency in Israel?

Perks of dual citizenship for Americans

Dual citizenship offers individuals the unique advantage of unrestricted mobility between multiple countries where they frequently visit or have connections. In the context of Israel’s community-building efforts, holding citizenship in multiple countries is actively encouraged. Americans are among the people that can apply for and have dual citizenship, triple and so on citizenship – Israeli, … Continue reading Perks of dual citizenship for Americans

How Do I Become a Citizen of Israel?

In line with its mission to protect Jewish people, it is understandable that Israel has established streamlined procedures to facilitate the immigration process for Jews and individuals of Jewish descent seeking safety and a new home. However, for non-Jewish individuals, navigating the immigration system can often be more complex and lengthy. When considering immigration to … Continue reading How Do I Become a Citizen of Israel?

Can I collect American social security if I live in Israel?

Written by: Samara Becker American social security acts as a source of income for people who do not work due to a disability, due to being retired, who had a spouse who died, or who don’t make an adequate amount of money to live. Over 72% of initial social security applications are denied. The application … Continue reading Can I collect American social security if I live in Israel?

What happens if denied entry into Israel?

Written by: Samara Becker Israel is magnificent: from the beautiful beaches, wonderful deserts to the vibrant culture. Israel has become a hotspot for travel and tourism all over the world. However, there is a catch to traveling to the beautiful place; not everyone is allowed entry. While it does not happen to everyone, some face … Continue reading What happens if denied entry into Israel?

Evaluating the Controversy Surrounding the Israeli Arnona Fund

Written by: Ethan Levy If you have been following the news here in Israel for the past few weeks, you might have heard about the debate surrounding the proposed Arnona Fund. The Arnona Fund is a bill that was proposed in the Knesset that would essentially take a portion of the earnings earned by wealthier … Continue reading Evaluating the Controversy Surrounding the Israeli Arnona Fund

Paternity tests and the journey to Israeli citizenship

Written by: Samara Becker As a general rule, a child born to an Israeli citizen, whether abroad or in Israel, is considered an Israeli citizen by birth. From the moment that child is born, they are Israeli citizens since either their father or mother is Israeli. Israeli law requires the child to be registered within … Continue reading Paternity tests and the journey to Israeli citizenship

Utah: The hotspot for Israeli Zoom weddings

Written by: Samara Becker Starting in November 2020, Utah began allowing marriages fully online via Zoom. These online weddings began during the COVID-19 pandemic when traveling was impossible. These virtual weddings may have been created for couples who could not travel to one another to get married, but in Israel, a country where civil marriage … Continue reading Utah: The hotspot for Israeli Zoom weddings

Legal Action Necessary for obtaining German citizenship

Why did our firm’s client need to go to the Israeli family court as part of the process of gaining German citizenship? Written by: Samara Becker While Germany recently passed a new law that makes it much easier for Israelis to obtain German citizenship, these new easier laws do not take into account familial problems … Continue reading Legal Action Necessary for obtaining German citizenship

The Israeli Judiciary – a Guide

Recently, the leading coalition in the Knesset proposed some changes to the judicial system in Israel. With all of the hype in the media about the proposed changes, it is very easy to forget how the system currently works. The process from civilian to a judgeship is incredibly lengthy and very thorough. Understanding how the … Continue reading The Israeli Judiciary – a Guide

Inter-marriages and immigration to Israel

The supreme court case in Israel of Stamka v Minister of the Interior (1999) (English, Hebrew) decided the immigration process for non-Jewish spouses of Israeli Citizens. The conclusion was that there should be a higher level of investigation for these spouses attempting to immigrate to Israel in order to legitimize the marriage. This appears in … Continue reading Inter-marriages and immigration to Israel

Four largest visa departments in Israel closed for only passport services

With the four central visa departments in Israel closed to issue passports, people are scrambling to get the documentation they have waited a long time for. While having a passport is an important human right to freedom of movement, having the ability to obtain and upgrade visas is also equally important. After Covid-19, getting/renewing a … Continue reading Four largest visa departments in Israel closed for only passport services

German Jews’ Descendants Can Reclaim Their Citizenship!

German Jews were once the most successful and influential Jewish community in Europe. This changed drastically with the Nazi takeover of Germany. Nowadays, one of the ways that Germany is working to compensate for persecution of the Jewish community is by providing naturalization opportunities for those whose ancestors were affected by it. There are numerous … Continue reading German Jews’ Descendants Can Reclaim Their Citizenship!

Returning resident to Israel

Are you an Israeli citizen returning to Israel after a long absence? You can access several benefits on your return, just as if you were a new immigrant! Our law offices offer expertise in understanding what these perks are and how best to obtain them. We recently published an article detailing the process for achieving … Continue reading Returning resident to Israel

European Passport for Americans

If you’re an American citizen looking for greater liberty to traverse borders and a secure buffer of protection, acquiring a secondary European Passport is the optimal solution. The USA being one of the countries that allow dual citizenship grants countless Americans with this coveted opportunity. With today’s uncertain and tumultuous times, having another passport can … Continue reading European Passport for Americans

Aliyah to Israel for Great-Grandchildren of Jews

Can a Fourth-Generation Descendant of a Jew Relocate to Israel Under the Law of Return? Established in 1950, the Law of Return essentially grants every Jew — as well as their children and grandchildren (and spouses) — the right to immigration and citizenship in Israel. However, generally speaking, a great-grandchild of a Jew is ineligible … Continue reading Aliyah to Israel for Great-Grandchildren of Jews

Inside Israel’s Legal System: The Role of the Attorney General and the Legal Counsel of government offices

As part of the recent plans of the Israeli government to reform the legal system, also the role of the State Attorney Genral is being questioned. Who is the current woman holding this positin and what’s the significance of Israel’s offical government lawyer? Understanding the legal system of a country is a complex matter that … Continue reading Inside Israel’s Legal System: The Role of the Attorney General and the Legal Counsel of government offices

Canceling the grandson clause in the Law of Return will weaken the Jewish people opinion

Millions of grandchildren of Jews in the world, many who identify as Jews and supporters of Israel, may lose the right to make Aliyah – immigrate to Israel, based on the Law of Return. In addition, the danger is that the rift between Israel and the Diaspora Jews will deepen even more.  For more than … Continue reading Canceling the grandson clause in the Law of Return will weaken the Jewish people opinion

THE RECENT CHANGES EXPECTED FOR THE ISRAELI SUPREME COURT

Nowadays many things are being commented about the changes on the Supreme Court of Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu’s Minister of Justice, Yariv Levin, plans to make. However, to be able to understand what to expect, we need to talk a little bit about its history. First of all, the Supreme Court of Israel has an … Continue reading THE RECENT CHANGES EXPECTED FOR THE ISRAELI SUPREME COURT

Aliyah tax benefits for new immigrants and returning residents

Do foreigners who immigrate to the land pay taxes in Israel? Many are unaware of that fact that after concluding the Aliyah procedure, new immigrants are exempt from paying taxes on all income and capital gains derived out of the country. This article presents a detailed explanation on Aliyah tax benefits by attorney Joshua Pex, … Continue reading Aliyah tax benefits for new immigrants and returning residents

One man’s legal struggle to obtain an entry permit to Israel for his spouse from abroad

Benjamin (Israeli) and Camila (Colombian) met online and fell in love, but the Ministry of the interior, immigration department, would not allow her to enter Israel as the foreign partner of an Israeli. However, with our legal assistance, after a long legal battle, the Immigration Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the couple. Here … Continue reading One man’s legal struggle to obtain an entry permit to Israel for his spouse from abroad

Inviting a foreign spouse to Israel: Will the financial capacity of the Israeli partner be tested?

The Immigration Authority in countries around the world usually carefully check the financial capacity of the local spouse before they allow him or her to invite a foreign spouse for the purpose of starting a family. However, in Israel this is not the case and the immigration law and official procedures hardly address this issue. … Continue reading Inviting a foreign spouse to Israel: Will the financial capacity of the Israeli partner be tested?

My wife and daughter are not allowed to join me in Israel because I am black

Addisu Tesfa from Bat-Yam, a city outside Tel Aviv, claims that his requests for family reunification have been repeatedly rejected by the Israeli Immigration department. Why was his application refused? Only because of his Ethiopian origin. Therefore, his wife and daughter are left back in their country of origin, without him. The Immigration Department and … Continue reading My wife and daughter are not allowed to join me in Israel because I am black

Legal status in Israel for the parents of an IDF solider

Why did the Ministry of Interior, Misrad Hapnim immigration department, refuse to grant legal status in Israel for the parents of an Israeli soldier in active duty with the Israeli Defense Forces? How was the case resolved? The State of Israel values its soldiers; therefore parents of an IDF solider are given an exceptional possibility … Continue reading Legal status in Israel for the parents of an IDF solider

Senior citizens defeated the Ministry of Interior and were recognized as New Immigrants to Israel

The Israeli Interior Ministry, immigration office, opposed the request for Aliyah and Israeli citizenship of a couple in their 80s due to suspicion of forging documents that showed that the husband’s mother was Jewish. However, the District Court accepted their petition in a detailed ruling that granted them Aliyah to Israel.   The case facts - … Continue reading Senior citizens defeated the Ministry of Interior and were recognized as New Immigrants to Israel

Why is it so difficult to live in Israel with a non-Israeli Spouse?

Mixed couples, in which one is Israeli and the other a foreign citizen, dreaming of living in Israel, commonly encounter many difficulties. In order to overcome these obstacles, it is important to put forth a planned strategy, as well as consult an attorney who specializes in the field of immigration to Israel. Many say, “love … Continue reading Why is it so difficult to live in Israel with a non-Israeli Spouse?

Entering Israel with a Criminal Record

Israel Laws and Citizenship  Israel is both a Jewish and Democratic state who gives a clear priority to the immigration of Jewish individuals to Israel. The Law of Return has made it difficult for those that do not fit the requirements to permanently remain in Israel and obtain citizen status.  The Citizenship Law of 1952 … Continue reading Entering Israel with a Criminal Record

Wrong legal advice leads to Refusal of Entry Into Israel of a Foreign Spouse In the Seventh Month of Pregnancy

Misguided Legal Advice that is Intended to Make Things Easier for the Client can lead to Bad Results. The family reunification process is considered a complicated procedure that requires patience, perseverance and willpower, in order to withstand the bureaucratic struggle against the authorities, who do not encourage marriage between Israeli citizens and foreigners. In the … Continue reading Wrong legal advice leads to Refusal of Entry Into Israel of a Foreign Spouse In the Seventh Month of Pregnancy

Power Ranking of All Types of Visas

In Israel, there is a wide range of visas that allow you to stay, work, study, volunteer or reside for the long term in the country. Each visa type provides different advantages and has its own specific procedure of acquisition. Our law firm specializes in immigration and entry visas to Israel, as well as Israeli … Continue reading Power Ranking of All Types of Visas

Supreme Court Ruling: Israel’s Immigration Office Obligation to Explain Decisions

Case Summary: Juliette Beirthrian v. Path of the Liaison Office This Supreme Court case, in its most simplistic terms, concerns the legal obligations of the state of Israel to explain their decisions. In the field of immigration, this means that Aliyah applicants who are rejected must receive a written justification for their denial. The Facts … Continue reading Supreme Court Ruling: Israel’s Immigration Office Obligation to Explain Decisions

Constitutional Law: America’s Document, Israel’s Building Blocks

The United States and Israel both share a democratic form of government, as well as the concepts of judicial review and an elected legislative body. However, the supreme law of the land, otherwise known as the Constitution, is drastically different in these two countries. For example, America’s Constitution is written and can only be changed … Continue reading Constitutional Law: America’s Document, Israel’s Building Blocks

Case Summary: The Movement for Quality Government in Israel v. The Speaker of the Knesset

This landmark Supreme Court case, decided on March 25, 2020, concerns the foundational principles of Balance of Power as well as Checks and Balances among the branches of government in a democratic state. Key Concepts: Balance of Power, Checks and Balances The concept of “balance of power” enforces the idea that the power of the … Continue reading Case Summary: The Movement for Quality Government in Israel v. The Speaker of the Knesset

Supreme Court Recognizes Civil Marriage Performed Online

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic, an Israeli couple, one Jewish and one non-religious, wanted to marry. Because all marriages in Israel must be officiated through a religious court, the only way to have a civil marriage in Israel is to be married abroad in a country that allows civil marriages for foreigners. In … Continue reading Supreme Court Recognizes Civil Marriage Performed Online

Checking the Sincerity of a Relationship during the Israeli Immigration Process of Joint-Life Application for Foreign Partner

This article will briefly describe specific procedures that are typically involved in the process of a joint-life application between an Israeli and non-Israeli citizen General Procedure – Marriage of Joint life between an Israel and foreigner After marrying an Israel citizen, it is quite common for the foreigner to request a visa application for legal … Continue reading Checking the Sincerity of a Relationship during the Israeli Immigration Process of Joint-Life Application for Foreign Partner

Everything You Need To Know About Israel’s Immigration Policy

Does Israel Have an Immigration Policy?  Practicing immigration law to Israel for more than 10 years, I sometimes get asked or hear the saying “Israel has not immigration policy!”. Is this true? The answer to this question is complicated, as it is both yes and no. It is a common misconception that the Israeli government … Continue reading Everything You Need To Know About Israel’s Immigration Policy

Complaints About the Israeli Immigration Authority

Who Looks Out for the Israeli People?  The Israeli Ombudsman (also known as the State Comptroller) works to protect Israeli citizens and residents from unlawful decisions that the governmental and administrative authorities may make. The Ombudsman receives and investigates complaints submitted by individuals against Israeli public authorities. If it is found that there is an … Continue reading Complaints About the Israeli Immigration Authority

Association for Civil Rights in Israel V. Population and Immigration Authority – Jerusalem District Administrative Court

This article will briefly explain the purpose of the administrative petition that was presented to the Population and Immigration Authority at the Jerusalem District Court in regards to ensuring civil rights while submitting applications for the regulation of status of spouses in Israel in general online. Procedure for an Israeli Marriage Visa The Israeli Citizenship … Continue reading Association for Civil Rights in Israel V. Population and Immigration Authority – Jerusalem District Administrative Court

Should one be Punished for their Birthplace’s Lack of a Population Registry?

Shlomi Tesfeh’s Story  Shlomi Tesfeh (name changed for privacy reasons) was born in the state of Ethiopia on July 15, 1982. At the time of Tesfeh’s birth there wasn’t a population register in Ethiopia with registration of one’s birth details. Additionally, the Ethiopian state did not issue birth certificates at the time when Tesfeh was … Continue reading Should one be Punished for their Birthplace’s Lack of a Population Registry?

East Jerusalem Residency to Israeli Citizenship Process

In this article, you will read about the general legal issues faced by residents of East Jerusalem and one specific success story. There are many difficulties faced while residents of East Jerusalem apply for Israeli citizenship, but with the help of our law firm, a smooth and successful process is ensured. This article discusses the … Continue reading East Jerusalem Residency to Israeli Citizenship Process

Iranian Journalist Denied Asylum in Israel

Israel’s Refugee Policies  The Israeli border control officials have the authority to deny visitors entrance into Israel according to the Law of Entrance to Israel and the Ministry of Interior’s rules and regulations. Their decision to refuse someone’s entry into Israel is subject to review by the court system as the denial of entrance into … Continue reading Iranian Journalist Denied Asylum in Israel

Holocaust Survivor Helps his Dutch Rescuer’s Great-Grandaughter Obtain Legal Status in Israel Years Later

Background This case is about an individual, Marloes, a young Dutch university student in Jerusalem who loves Israel and therefore wanted to gain legal status here. Being a 4th generation descendent of a Righteous Among the Nations (a non-Jewish person who saved Jews during the 2nd world war) she didn’t meet the exact criteria of … Continue reading Holocaust Survivor Helps his Dutch Rescuer’s Great-Grandaughter Obtain Legal Status in Israel Years Later

Ukrainian Refugees Seeking Asylum in Israel Due to the Ukrainian War

Background - Ukrainians escaping the war in their country  Due to the outbreak of war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, many Ukrainians have been attempting to seek asylum in Israel. More than 20,000 Ukrainian citizens have arrived in Israel to escape their war torn country. More than 4.2 million other Ukrainians who were seeking … Continue reading Ukrainian Refugees Seeking Asylum in Israel Due to the Ukrainian War

Could your child’s service in the IDF be your ticket to Israeli citizenship?

Background A few years ago, a woman came to our firm with a very unusual case of attempting to gain Israeli citizenship for humanitarian reasons. In this case, a Filipino woman (our client) fell in love with an Israeli, they got married outside of Israel and had a child together. This baby boy was registered … Continue reading Could your child’s service in the IDF be your ticket to Israeli citizenship?

Israeli Citizenship For Talented Athletes

Should Talented Athletes be Granted Israeli Citizenship in order to Help Advance their Career while Strengthening the Country’s National Team? Background  In the past, there have been many high profile athletes who have played for Israel. Miguel Vitor is an extremely talented Portuguese soccer player who is seeking Israeli citizenship. With being granted citizenship Vitor … Continue reading Israeli Citizenship For Talented Athletes

Amar’e Stoudemire – Moving story of NBA star with a strong passion for the Jewish Religion and hopes of making Aliyah 

Moving story of NBA star with a strong passion for the Jewish Religion and hopes of making Aliyah  Early Life Amar’e Soudemire was born in a small city right outside of Orlando, Florida. After a series of family misfortunes, Amar’e relocated to New York, where he began playing organized basketball. After traveling around the east … Continue reading Amar’e Stoudemire – Moving story of NBA star with a strong passion for the Jewish Religion and hopes of making Aliyah 

Sports as a Means to Citizenship

Introduction Lonah Chemtai Korlima is an Israeli Olympic marathon runner who is originally from Kenya. She came to Israel in 2008 to work as a nanny for the children of Kenya’s ambassador to Israel. Shortly after in 2011, Chemtai met and fell in love with Israeli track coach, Dan Salpeter. They got married in 2014 … Continue reading Sports as a Means to Citizenship

Can Israeli citizenship be revoked after nearly 3 decades?

Introduction Since 2011 we have been working very hard on a unique case that just got resolved two weeks ago, June 2022. In this exceptional case, a Russian man falsified information on his birth certificate in order to obtain Israeli citizenship and initially got away with it. While we do not condone this sort of … Continue reading Can Israeli citizenship be revoked after nearly 3 decades?

Can Your Foreign Spouses Children Receive Israeli Citizenship?

How to arrange Israeli citizenship for your partner’s kids. Attorney Joshua Pax explains.

Aliyah Denied Due to “Public Safety”? Here’s What You Can Do

Aliyah applicants with mental illness may have their Aliyah denied due to claims regarding “public safety.”

Criminal Record and Aliyah to Israel: Myths, Questions, and Legalities

This article discusses the questions and legalities of making Aliyah with a criminal record.

Can Your Spouse’s Age Difference Hurt Your Citizenship Application?

Significant age gaps between spouses can be a serious problem for obtaining Israeli citizenship for your foreign spouse.

Top 5 Tips for Painless Immigration of Your Foreign Partner to Israel

In this article, attorney Joshua Pex will share his top 5 tips for the successful immigration of your foreign spouses to Israel.

The Full Guide for Aliyah After Giyur (Converting to Judaism)

This article discusses the post-Giyur Aliyah process and the requirements you should meet for a successful Aliyah.

Complete Guide: Expert Foreign Work Visa to Israel

How to get your foreign worker’s visa application approved with minimum hassle and full compliance.

Appealing a Rejected Aliyah Application – Success Story

Do you qualify under Law of Return but your Aliyah was not approved? Here’s what you need to do in case of Aliyah application rejection

Oleh Hadash? Know Your Rights!

Preparing to make aliyah to israel? here’s A guide to oleh hadash benefits in Israel. Everything you need to know before & after making Aliya is here.

Everything You Need to Know to Re-Immigrate to Israel

Israelis that renounced their citizenship or spent a long time outside of Israel may need to re-immigrate to Israel.