If you’re an Israeli national and you’re married to a non-Israeli, how can your foreign spouse’s child obtain Israeli citizenship? In this scenario, couples are often remarried, and both spouses may have kids from prior relationships.
When an Israeli is married to a foreign spouse and is sharing custody over the children, regulating the legal status of the minors who arrive in Israel must be arranged. The legal status of the foreign spouse of an Israeli national is also necessary but is much easier to obtain.
In this article, Advocate Joshua Pex, an Israeli immigration lawyer, will share the Israeli law and what you can do to achieve your goal and regulate the status of your foreign spouse’s children. Joshua Pex specializes in the immigration of non-Jewish family members to Israel.
The other parent of the minor must provide consent
To obtain Israeli citizenship for your foreign spouse’s child, it is required to get the permission of the other biological parent. It is only necessary if they are alive and have custody of the children.
Key word spouse
There are scenarios to regulate your foreign spouse’s child’s Israeli citizenship.
The first thing the mixed couple looking to obtain a foreign spouse’s child Israeli citizenship must do is start their joint life application.
However, it’s important to note that only married couples can regulate the legal status of their foreign spouse’s children. Hence the keyword here is “spouse.”
If the couple is not married, they won’t be able to regulate the children’s citizenship status. As you know, civil marriage for mixed couples doesn’t exist in Israel, So what can you do?
Civil marriage outside of Israel without going to the airport
It’s tough for partners of different religions to get married in Israel. In Israel, the union of jews is controlled by the orthodox Jewish court. Making it impossible to marry a non-jew in Israel because the State of Israel does not recognize the institution of civil marriage.
As with most immigration cases, once you’re in the process, it’s not recommended you leave the country until your legal issue is resolved. So here are a few remote wedding options.
For example, El Salvador allows weddings without the couple being present. Another option is getting married in Paraguay, where only one of the partners needs to be present.
Everything you need to know about obtaining Israeli citizenship for your foreign spouse’s child
Now that we have cleared up the legal circumstances and various solutions of the mixed couples, we’ll explain the next stage— inviting the foreign spouse’s minor children to Israel.
To start the process to obtain an Israeli visa and eventually citizenship for your foreign spouse’s child, the couple must go to the local branch of the Interior Ministry branch and apply to the minor.
You’ll need to attach the following documents to the application:
- Original birth certificate of the child. If the documents are not in Hebrew or English, they should be translated and confirmed with an apostille stamp.
- The child’s passport that’s valid for at least 2 years.
- The stance of the minor’s other parent
When the child is older than 15 years old
If the child is older than 15, the invited parent will have to provide proof that the child has been in their custody at least 2 years before applying for a foreign spouse’s child Israeli citizenship.
The documents will provide proof of actual and legal custody of the child.
Failure to provide proof will result in your application being denied.
When the child older than 17.5 years old
Suppose the child of the foreign spouse is older than 17.5 years when the application is filed. In this case, the decision is made by the Director of the Department of Visas and Foreigners at the Authority’s headquarters.
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