Together, the couple must undergo many bureaucratic tests that, in particular, examine the “sincerity and reality of their relationship”, in order to prove that their relationship is not fictitious and that the partnership is not solely for the purpose of obtaining Israeli citizenship and the settled status of a foreign citizen in Israel.
There are tests to check the couple’s so-called “center of life”, security checks, criminal checks, verification of documents, verification of compliance, checks of continuous stay in Israel for a certain period of time; the foreign citizen is as well required to provide certified documents from his country of origin, etc.
Our law firm helps in collecting the required documents from different countries, which reduces the waiting time and, accordingly, speeds up the process of obtaining status for a foreign partner.
During the proceedings, the couple must submit various documents and certificates to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, confirming the nature of their union and relationship. After this, the couple will have to undergo an interview, a sort of an intensive investigation, when the Ministry of Internal Affairs examines the smallest details to check the “sincerity of the relationship” between the partners. The purpose of the interview is to study the “sincerity of the relationship” and to find the presence of their common “center of life” in Israel.
If both partners are in Israel, the interview is fully conducted in Israel at the Ministry of Internal Affairs. However, in the case where the foreign partner is abroad, the situation is different and the foreign partner’s interview is conducted at the Israeli embassy in his country of origin, while the Israeli partner’s interview is conducted at the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Israel; thus this leads to many inaccuracies in the transmitted versions of the partners during an interview and, as a result, to the rejection of their application.
It should be noted that a preliminary preparation for an interview with the assistance of a lawyer greatly increases the chances of success. In addition, during the preparation for the interview, the lawyer will compile a list of relevant questions that the couple will most likely be asked at the Ministry.
Moreover, the lawyer will conduct a simulation interview for each spouse in order to avoid anxiety and confusion when answering questions in real time.