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Refusal to repatriate—what to do?

March 25, 2022 13 Time to read: 6 min.

Refusal to repatriate to Israel: reasons

The legal basis for obtaining Israeli citizenship is the Law of Return. The document guarantees Jews, their descendants and spouses the right to repatriation. The same law, with all the additions, also defines difficult situations that entail a denial of permanent residence in Israel.

The main reasons for refusal to obtain the status of a repatriate are the following situations:

Criminal background The fact that a person has a criminal record does not automatically mean that he will necessarily receive a negative result when meeting with the consul. But the criminal past will significantly complicate the interview. The main role in repatriation with a criminal record will be played by the severity of the crimes committed, the statute of limitations and other factors. It makes no sense to hide the facts of arrests and serving sentences, since the lies will definitely be revealed.
Transition to another faith According to the Law of Return, a Jewish descendant who has changed his faith is deprived of the right to obtain Israeli citizenship. But this does not mean that the repatriate must necessarily be a Jew. If a person is not religious, he retains the opportunity to repatriate.
Adoption by a non-Jew If a child with Jewish roots is adopted by a non-Jew, he may lose his right to repatriation. The situation can be corrected only thanks to a DNA test confirming the blood relationship with the biological parents of the Jews. But even there is a nuance: it is connected with the age at which the adoption was carried out – before the age of 13 or after this age.
Marriage with a person of another religion after the death of a Jewish spouse Jewish wives and husbands are entitled to repatriation even after the death of their spouse. But the law allows them to obtain citizenship only before entering into a new marriage with a non-Jew. That is, if a woman remarries after the death of her Jewish spouse, then she will no longer be able to obtain an Israeli passport.
Forgery of documents Forging documents to obtain the right to repatriation is almost impossible. Consular checks are carried out so thoroughly that, according to statistics, more than 95% of forged papers are detected. If a forgery is discovered, entry into Israel for the deceiver will be closed forever.
Hiding true goals If the consul doubts the true purpose of the repatriation, he may schedule a second meeting. For example, if it becomes known that a person is suspected of committing criminal acts in another country, and in Israel, he wants to hide from justice. Or if the repatriate directly states that he only needs a passport, and he does not plan to move to Israel.
Fourth generation Jewish great-grandchildren are not legally eligible for Israeli citizenship. Because of this part of the law, many families never repatriated because adult children can no longer obtain citizenship, and their parents want to avoid leaving alone.

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How to avoid refusal of repatriation

There are some basic tips that we give to all our clients.

Do not lie or forge documents?

It is not possible to obtain Israeli citizenship by kinship if you do not qualify under the Law of Return. And all the cases when people tried to fake evidence about their roots were disclosed. Every so often, the deception is discovered a few years after repatriation, and then the person is deprived of citizenship after the fact and his entry into the country is denied.

If you have an expunged criminal record, don't try to hide it?

In order not to be refused, in this case you need to prepare well, collect evidence of your correction and convince the consul that you do not pose a threat to the Israelis. To complete this, you can use the support of our specialists.

Do not repatriate unless you plan to stay in Israel?

Many are afraid of another country, they fear whether they will be able to adapt to the culture and language, whether they will miss their loved ones in the country of origin. We recommend not to miss the opportunity and try to move to Israel for permanent residence. If you don’t like it, you can always return country of origin, but you will know that you sincerely tried.

Do not wear any religious paraphernalia at the consular check?

Any elegant gothic cross or trendy hieroglyph can be taken as a sign of your religious affiliation. With such physical evidence, there is no way you can convince the consul that you are an atheist.

Repatriate until the age of majority of 4th generation children?

For 4th generation children to be eligible for Israeli citizenship, they must be repatriated with their parents a few years before they reach adulthood. If the parents would rather not repatriate because the children are still in school, and they have to wait so as not to injure them, they are making a big mistake. It is best to obtain citizenship while the children are small, and after 18 years it will be too late. And they will never become Israeli citizens and will not be able to live freely with their parents in the same country.

Our specialists have extensive experience in solving such issues. They are well versed in the reasons for refusal of repatriation and know exactly what to do in a given situation. They will help you avoid refusal for permanent residence in Israel and get the desired citizenship quickly and the first time.

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