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Birth Certificate Apostille from the United States for the Newly Enforced Israeli Passport Laws

Updated: Jul 13

You may have noticed recently that the nation of Israel has started to enforce their old laws of requiring the children of Israelis to obtain an Israeli passport in order to travel to Israel. Many Israelis have been waiting for a year or longer due to the pandemic to visit family in Israel, and were hoping to bring their children this past summer. But the new regulations may put those plans on hold for some, who bristle at the new requirements. Previously, during the pandemic, parents had to apply for special dispensation to bring their children without Israeli passports into Israel (as did any foreigner who wanted to get into Israel). But as of May 2, 2021 according to the new guidelines, parents must commit to getting their child an Israeli passport within 60 days of their return trip.

You may be like other Israeli parents: very upset and confused about what is being called "enforced citizenship". Some are Israeli parents married to non-Israelis who do not want their children to get passports; others are single parents who cannot take their children to Israel because their (non-Israeli) spouse will not give permission if the cost is an Israeli passport. Others simply do not have the time or energy to get all the documents together in time for a summer trip.

Regardless of your feelings towards this rule now being enforced, according to the consulate guidelines, three weeks before travel, a parent must present the parent’s and child’s passports, the child’s birth certificate (preferably notarized), a “fruit of your loins” proof (hospital discharge letter or delivery doctor), which could also be difficult for adoptive parents, step-parents and parents who used surrogates.

Many of these documents will require apostilles in order to validate them for overseas use. There is no margin for error with the apostille process, regardless of if they're from New York, New Jersey, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, etc. If mistakes are made, both your time and money will be wasted and you'll have to start all over again. If you want to look into outsourcing this part of of the process, please email me at or call 848-467-7740 to request my services or learn more.

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