Weiss-Tamir Law Office:
The Weiss-Tamir law office strives to be a firm of first choice for clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services nationally and globally. We offer an extensive range of transactional, commercial and litigation services for clients in Israel and abroad. Among our clients are a wide range of public and private companies.

The office was founded by Maya Weiss-Tamir – an attorney, certified as a mediator by the Israel Bar Association. As well as being an economist, Maya holds a L.LM degree in commercial law from Tel-Aviv Universty.

The office combines sector specialism with legal excellence to provide the most commercially valuable solutions to our clients’ needs. Our expertise is in legal damages including traffic accidents, personal injury and medical malpractice. We provide legal solutions for contracts and financial settlements specializing in insurance claims.

Special Departments:

Israeli Citizenship and immigration to Israel.
Damages, Civil Law, International Law.
Polish citizenship, Romanian citizenship, Spanish and Portuguese citizenship.

The office has long-term cooperation with leading consultants and experts (doctors, safety engineers, CPA’s and appraisers, attorneys abroad, etc.), all in accordance with client’s needs and the specific matter at hand.

Foreign citizenship:
The office has a great deal of experience and success in the procedure appertaining to applying for citizenship and passports for the following EEC countries: Poland, Romania, Spain and Portugal – in particular Spanish and Portuguese citizenship to the descendants of the Spanish exile. The office works with professional local contacts in these countries, in order to optimize the work processes with the authorities, to speed up the bureaucratic process and ensure a high chance of success in obtaining citizenship in these countries.

Spanish and Portuguese Citizenship to the descendants of the Spanish Exile
The amendment granting Spanish citizenship to the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain was approved by the Spanish congress, has come into force on 1 October 2015, and will be valid for a limited time. A similar law was passed by the Portuguese government, with no time limit.

Applicants who will prove their Sephardi origin and comply with the terms of the law, can acquire either a Spanish citizenship – without giving up another citizenship and without the requirement to live in Spain – or a Portuguese citizenship!
Both citizenship bring major benefits of EU citizens, ease of border crossings, study and work in Europe in accordance with the existing treaties.In addition, Spain and Portugal are both included in the list of countries that do not require a visa to the United States.
Moreover, Israeli citizens holding a European citizenship will be able to obtain a special business visa to the United States.
All those who receive Spanish or Portuguese citizenship shall be subject to the rights and duties of a those citizenship.
The applicant must prove his “Spanish” origin – see details below.
Applications may be submitted at a period of 3 years from the law coming into force, with an option to extend for another year.
Requests shall be submitted in the electronic system specifically created for the purpose of this Act.
The applicant will have to pass a test of Spanish knowledge (CCSE),and Spanish languish
(DELE  level of A2), Both tests will be held at the Cervantes Institute (Spanish institute that deals with the distribution of the culture and heritage of Spain), in accordance with the dates and details that will be published.
The applicant will have to submit the documents, establishing his Spanish origin and his relation to Spain, to a certified Spanish notary, who will examine the documents and evaluate the applicant’s compliance.
Granting of citizenship shall be conditional that the applicant will, within a year of positive response to his request, apply to be registered in the Spanish population registry records, submit a certificate of lack of criminal record, and swear allegiance to the king and obey the Constitution and the laws of Spain.
The applicant will have to perform the proceedings before the Notary by himself.
The applicant must prove his connection to Spanish origin, in past and present, through various documents:

  • Pedigree and Spanish surnames
  • Documentary about participation in a Jewish Spanish community
  • Certificate from a qualified rabbinate authority
  • Birth certificates, marriage certificates
  • Certificate of lack of criminal record (should order it later because of the short validity)
  • A “Ktubba” with Spanish characteristics – phrased in accordance with “the custom of the expelled from Castile”
  • Knowledge of Ladino or Hakitia languages.
  • There is also a possibility to present any evidence for learning Spanish, or proof of charities with institutions or Spanish people.
  • Any evidence connected to Spain will be strengthen the application.
  • In addition, it will be possible to present a certificate from the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain or from any other body, prescribed for this purpose.

Each applicant will have to obtain his personal documents, birth certificate, the population register extract (expanded) and character references.
All the documents will have to be translated into Spanish by a swarm translator and duly approved.

Applicants produce evidence of their Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Evidence may include Sephardic Jewish traditions, family names, objects and documents that allow applicants to prove a Portuguese Sephardic ancestral origin.
They must also have their criminal record verified in order to apply for citizenship
Citizenship applies toAdult or emancipated foreigners (family members citizenship may be applied for after);That have not been convicted of a crime punishable, according to Portuguese Criminal Law, with imprisonment for a minimum of three years.
Therefore, it is not necessary either to speak Portuguese or to reside in Portugal, as required by the normal route into citizenship by naturalization.
An application form must be filed together with the following documents:
Birth certificate;
Authenticated criminal record certificate issued by the Authorities of the state of birth, nationality and past and present residency;
Proof of circumstances related to a tradition of belonging to a Sephardic community of Portuguese origin.Certificate from the Jewish community in Lisbon or Porto.

The firm deals with immigration laws in Spain and Portugal, obtaining residence visas and work processes for the restitution and those citizenships, we follow the development of legislation to grant citizenship to descendants of Jews expelled from Spain for over than three years, and now we can also assist in obtaining Spanish and Portuguese citizenships under those laws.
Together with attorney office staff working in Spain and Portugal, specializing in this subject, we can accompany you professionally as possible.
You can contact us with any questions, to start preparing together with us the basics of citizenship requests, including appropriate guidance for assistance in learning for the Spanish language and culture exams.

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