“Immigration Lawyer in Israel” is one of the most popular search queries among those seeking to obtain citizenship status in Israel. In recent years, the number of applicants has increased, driven by the high standard of living in the country, excellent climate, flexible conditions for business development, a stable economy, a quarter of the population speaking Russian, and many other factors. Based on our experience and practice, we know that many foreign citizens seeking information on obtaining Israeli citizenship require qualified legal support across a wide range of issues.
Legal Services for Citizenship in Israel
We, a team from the law office of attorney Arthur Blaier, have been specializing in Israeli citizenship and status for about 15 years. We practice this subject and everything related to it (repatriation, permanent residency, temporary residency, humanitarian status, family reunification, etc.), have extensive experience, speak Russian, and always strive to provide competent and qualified legal assistance.
The main areas of activity of the office on issues of status and citizenship in Israel include:
Our office assists in repatriation to Israel and confirming Jewish ancestry. According to the Law of Return from 1950, every Jew has the right to repatriation to Israel. However, the practical implementation of this right often faces difficulties.
Various problems may arise, such as destroyed archives, lost documents, carefully rewritten biographies of relatives, complex or contradictory documents, past convictions, religious conversion, adoption, widows of Jews, medical issues, psychiatry, same-sex marriages, problems with the center of life, and more.
We involve professionals in the process of searching for necessary documents, interact directly with the Israeli Ministry of Interior and the Nativ service, challenge refusals in courts and at the pre-trial level.
All Questions Related to Obtaining Humanitarian Status
Humanitarian status in Israel is sometimes granted to widows who have not completed the step-by-step StuPro procedure, divorced women with small children, seriously ill relatives of Israelis, and others.
Recommendations on this matter are made by a special interdepartmental commission; this process is inherently complex, and only highly skilled and experienced lawyers navigate this terrain.
Relocation of Elderly Parents
How can one assist elderly parents of Israelis living abroad in moving to Israel permanently? For this purpose, there is a special directive from the Ministry of Interior, according to which “lonely and elderly” parents and their Israeli children can submit a request for granting residence status to parents in Israel.
The criteria for granting status under this procedure are strictly defined, but sometimes rules may be slightly altered due to complex circumstances. In such cases, an experienced attorney specializing in Ministry of Interior affairs and citizenship matters can provide significant assistance.
Israeli citizens who have formed families with foreigners have the right to reside in Israel together with their spouses. The Ministry of Interior in Israel conducts a complex 5-year step-by-step procedure, as a result of which the foreign spouse can acquire permanent status and Israeli citizenship.
The process is indeed divided into steps. Initially, the couple needs to gather a large number of documents and launch the process competently (which is by no means trivial). Subsequently, the spouse obtains a B/2 tourist visa, over time the authorities upgrade it to a status allowing work (B/1). The next stage involves granting a residence permit (A/5 visa), also known as “A5”.
For the successful completion of all stages of this lengthy, complex, and multi-stage procedure with extensive paperwork, it is recommended to seek the assistance of a qualified immigration lawyer. An attorney with profound knowledge in the field of Israeli immigration law can provide competent support and advice, ensuring the protection of clients’ interests at all stages of the process. Additionally, an experienced attorney can effectively represent clients’ interests before the Ministry of Interior and other relevant authorities, providing legal assistance and minimizing potential risks and issues associated with immigration procedures.
Read also the article WHAT IS A FAMILY REUNION OR A SPOUSE VISA?
Israel is a country of repatriation, not immigration. Therefore, the Immigration Service, the Ministry of Interior of Israel, and the Passport Control Service take active measures to reduce the influx of foreigners visiting the country for employment or permanent residency purposes. In this regard, deportation or denial of entry at passport control can await any foreigner who is unable to convince the authorities of the innocence of their visit.
Deportation can affect ordinary tourists, relatives of Israelis, relatives of foreigners legally residing in Israel, spouses, and especially children of Israelis. The Immigration Department has extensive powers regarding the detention of foreigners, conducting interrogations and searches, issuing arrest warrants, direct deportations from Israel, and imposing entry bans into the country in the future.
Confirmation of Jewish Ancestry through DNA Analysis
DNA testing is beneficial for confirming relationships in legal and inheritance cases and can also serve as a crucial element in immigration cases. Often, genetic testing specifically allows individuals to prove their Jewish roots or the right to Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return or in accordance with the Citizenship Law.
Confirming kinship or Jewish roots through DNA involves a strictly formalized process in the Israeli Family Court. Typically, it requires close interaction with various government entities: the prosecution, government legal advisor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, sometimes the Ministry of Interior, and directly with genetic laboratories.
Read also the article “DNA Analysis for Confirming Jewish Roots and Israeli Citizenship.”
Why do I need a citizenship and migration lawyer?
Obtaining Israeli citizenship and resolving migration issues require professional guidance from an experienced attorney. Immigration legislation is subject to constant changes, and to ensure a secure immigration process, one must adhere to strict rules and requirements.
A citizenship and migration lawyer must be well-versed in all changes and nuances, capable of providing legal protection and support at every stage of the process, including document processing and defense of your interests in case of conflicts with authorities.
The reliable guidance of a lawyer specializing in Israeli immigration law not only reduces the likelihood of serious mistakes but also enhances the chances of success.
Who is eligible for citizenship in Israel through repatriation?
Israeli laws, primarily the Law of Return and the Citizenship Law, outline several “routes” for acquiring citizenship, including repatriation for Jews and their close relatives. Repatriation is the process of returning or ascending to the historical homeland. The Law of Return grants Jews and their close relatives the right to move to Israel permanently and obtain Israeli citizenship.
The repatriation process often requires competent legal assistance, and only an experienced immigration lawyer in Israel can truly assist a person in repatriation—shortening the timelines, avoiding significant errors, collecting necessary documents, conducting DNA testing, and more.
Yes, there are specific legal restrictions and requirements governing the process of repatriation in Israel. Here are the main limitations:
- Personal status: The right to repatriation may be restricted based on the personal status of the applicant. Wives of Jews have the right to repatriation; even widows of Jews do not lose this right. However, if a widow of a Jew marries a non-Jew, she no longer has the right to Aliyah (repatriation). Children and grandchildren of Jews also have the right to repatriation, but great-grandchildren of Jews do not. Meanwhile, the right is preserved for great-grandchildren of Jewish women.
- Historical and family ties: To be eligible for repatriation, an individual must have Jewish roots (remember, Jews, children of Jews, grandchildren of Jews, and their spouses are granted the right to repatriation).
- Evidence and documents: An applicant for Israeli citizenship must provide relevant evidence and documents confirming their right to repatriation. Documents related to civil status, family relationships, marital status, etc., will be required in this regard.
- Compliance with legislation: The repatriation process must adhere to Israeli legislation, including the requirements stipulated in the Law of Return and other related regulations.
- Common reasons for refusal: Refusal of repatriation and Israeli citizenship may occur due to a previous criminal record, change of religion, adoption.
- What is required for repatriation to Israel? To repatriate to Israel and become a citizen, certain requirements must be met, and relevant documents must be provided. Here are the main steps and documents usually required for the repatriation process:
- Confirmation of ties to Israel: Documents confirming your connection to Israel, such as family ties, marriage certificates, birth certificates, or other documents demonstrating historical heritage or affiliation with the Jewish people, must be provided.
- Repatriation application: A repatriation application must be submitted to the relevant authorities or organizations responsible for the immigration and repatriation process in Israel (Nativ, Ministry of Interior, Sochnut, Nefesh B’Nefesh).
- Confirmation of personal data: Documents confirming your personal status, citizenship, place of birth, other personal identification data, and other documents verifying your identity may be required (detailed article on documents: “Repatriation and Immigration to Israel: What is the Procedure, What Documents are Needed, What is Important?”).
- Legal support: Often, it is beneficial to seek assistance from an experienced immigration lawyer in Israel who can provide necessary legal support, prepare required documents, and assist in complying with all requirements and procedures associated with repatriation.
The repatriation process may vary depending on specific circumstances and requirements set by Israeli legislation. Seeking consultation from a specialist will help better understand the requirements and processes associated with repatriation to Israel.
Author: Attorney Arthur Blaer