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Shortcut to a second passport

May 24, 2010
Chicago, IL, USA

Are you Jewish? Do you want to be? If so, you’re entitled to an Israeli passport.

In Israel, the “Law of Return” provides means for all Jews, and individuals of Jewish ancestry, to acquire Israeli residency and citizenship. Israeli law defines Jewish ancestry as having at least one Jewish parent or grandparent.

In the event that you don’t fit the ancestry definition, the law also provides the ‘right of return’ to all converted Jews of all denominations, and the conversion need not take place in Israel in order for it to qualify.

In either case, the onus is on the applicant to provide adequate documentation proving either Jewish ancestry or conversion to Judaism… the Israeli authorities won’t just take your word for it, they will check.

Additionally, the Israeli government will conduct a brief background investigation to determine if the applicant is a fugitive, convicted violent criminal, or known associate of any enemy of the state.

Once accepted, the applicant is entitled to immediate citizenship. For the first year, a temporary travel document is issued in lieu of a passport. After the first year, the government issues a standard passport.

Israeli citizenship carries many advantages including visa free travel to the European Union and extended visa quotas for the United States. Moreover, Israeli citizens who obtain residency in certain EU countries have reduced requirements to eventually obtain EU citizenship.

Additionally, in 2008, the Israeli government passed several new tax incentives that apply specifically for new immigrants under the Law of Return. The new tax rules include a 10-year holiday on foreign source income and tax exemptions for foreign-based companies owned by new immigrants.

As you can imagine, though, the disadvantages of Israeli citizenship are significant. All males must serve in the Israeli Defense Force for three years after age 18, and remain as a reservist until his mid-40s. There are exemptions made, however, on grounds of religious or philosophical objection.

Furthermore, Israeli citizens find themselves a target, perhaps even more often than US citizens. The State of Israel is still not recognized in some parts of the world– if you have ever been to Saudi Arabia and looked at a map of the Middle East, the boundaries of Israel do not even exist on the map!

All in all, while I’m not advocating that anyone change his/her religion specifically to obtain a passport, I think that Israeli citizenship may be among the fastest, most cost effective citizenships to acquire if you have no other means available.

If you’re interested in getting started, the best place to get answers is your nearest Israeli consulate; they’re accustomed to fielding these questions all day long.

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  • Mad_at_you

    I always liked your posts and thought you were a person who appreciated rights and freedoms, was I wrong? You’re encouraging people to go live in a state established upon stolen Palestinian lands and officially accused of committing war crimes.

    • Mad_at_mad_at_you

      um… as opposed to being a citizen of the United States, which has stolen land and committed war crimes? But hey, let’s shoot the messenger. Good idea.

    • Mad_at_you-is_a-Retard

      Well, I certainly wouldn’t want to live in a Facist, racist place like Gaza – where they hold innocent children in front of them during “wartime”, because they’re too cowardly to take the bullet themselves!

    • N. Meyerson

      Bearing in mind that there were no Palestinians until 1964, what, then, is the Palestinian’s legal or historical claim to the land of Israel?

  • Marquelle

    Helps too if you’re already circumcised…

  • Gordy

    Simon: Your romps across our globe have provided limitless insight into possibilities. While many of us envy you for doing or being able to do what you are doing there are many that even if we had the funds would not run quite as free and homeless or in your case multiple home locations for safe keeping as you can or do.

    I have enjoyed every article you have written and the pics and videos are a delight. In your recent episode on a second passport to Isarel I wanted to ask this question. I will be married soon to a beautiful lady that was born in Greece and we travel their frequently. What are the chances of a second passport to Greece after my marriage and does it even make sense given the economic turmoil and the cost of the Euro?

    Thank you for your time.

    • Big Jim

      I’m not sure how old you are, but Greek citizens are required to do National Service up until the age of 45( check out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_in_Greece)

      • Nobhill

        What sort of service? Throwing stones!

    • sdca

      you should just do a search for the info on citizenship thru marriage, in greece. or check the greece consulate website.

  • Anonymous

    Simon, are you Jewish?

  • Tomassina

    What a great idea, Simon! Israel is a wonderful place – such friendly people! And the historical aspect for we Christians, is unparalleled.

    I have only visited many times, but never considered Israel as a place to “plant a flag”. Another great recommendation from you! And since it’s close to my home (Italy), I could fly between “flags”, easily.

    I’ve encountered so many friendly people there, that I know it would be an easy place to move into. Not like those nasty, violent palestinians. Violent, and Ignorant – what a sad combination.

    Thanks again Simon, for your usual, HONEST, “on-the-ground”, useful facts.

    Your loyal reader,

    • Sam Adams

      I have been in process of becoming a new immigrant to Israel for about one month now so I compliment you Simon on your awareness of presenting the details correctly for second citizenship for me an American born to Jewish parents and grandparents.

      I have filed all the necessary paperwork and just two days ago had an interview with a representative from the gov’t of Israel. Although I am Jewish by birth I am a Bible believing Messianic Jew by faith. Under the Law of Return in Israel any Jew can become a citizen if he or she desires it. You can believe any religious creed so long as you were born to a Jewish mother you can become a citizen. There is one and only one exception to this Law. If you are a Jew who believes in the Jesus of the New Testament you are viewed as having voluntarily changed your religion from Jew to Messianic Jew ie: Christian and are no longer eligible for citizenship under the Law of Return. I fit into this category.

      However, the door is not closed. If a non Jew (what I am considered by them) has a Jewish father which I do I can become a citizen but when I obtain the Israeli passport after being in Israel for one year it will have written in it, “Non Jew”. I find this all very amusing as I am being discriminated against by Jews being a Jew myself! Oh well. What I want is the passport. They can stamp anything in it they like so long as I have full rights which is what I will have if I understood them correctly during the interview. This path is not as easily assured as the first one but I am attempting it just the same.

      If they refuse me, well, off to Paraguay to try again.

      • Truthseeker

        You are not being “discriminated” against. You ARE a non-Jew, since you have chosen NOT to believe in Judaism. I have seen similar things happen to Christians (by birth), “discriminated” against by Christian authorities, because they have chosen NOT to believe in Christianity anymore. Only a fool, would call this “discrimination”. Well… if the shoe fits…

      • WG

        Bravo….. very well said truthseeker….

      • Sarahgreen

        Sam, as a non Jew you will definitely not have equal rigths here. Unless you are a moslem or something else, as a non Jew they will write unknown. However, you’ll be ok because you are American and they want rich Americans. You can even keep both passports! Why anyone would want the Israeli one beats me – I’m living in this shit hole called Israel and I can’t wait to have enough money to get out!

        I was a Zionist before I came!

      • Ronny


        I’ll be happy to sport you the extra cash you need to buy a ticket. I too, cannot wait to see you “get the hell out”.

        The reason I read Simon is because he offers options. Dont want the option? Then dont take it. But try to keep the political bullshit to minimum, ne?

      • Livia Shelford

        It’s pretty obvious that you’re neither a Jew, nor an Israeli – probably not sarah green either. Israel is a wonderful place to live: beautiful, prosperous, friendly, cultured, modern, diverse, etc.

      • Dark_Space

        That Non Jew stamp may save your life one day…

  • doc

    Intelligence indicates new Israeli war in the immediate future. Lebanese (the canary in the coal mine) are already moving assets and getting ready. Not a good time to be an new immigrant Israeli soldier unless you like flying lead.
    Intelligence indicates new Israeli war in the immediate future. Lebanese (the canary in the coal mine) are already moving assets and getting ready. Not a good time to be an new immigrant Israeli soldier unless you like flying lead.

    • Truthseeker

      Repeating a lie twice, does not make it the truth.

  • George Majercak

    Just curious .I’m born in Slovakia and now living in US. I’m now US citizen and also have second passport issued in Slovakia. Any opinion on how you rate my second passport.
    Thanks, George

  • WG

    Can you recommend someone to help fill in the application properly for the Law of Return? Found everything on line.

  • Sam Adams


    The above link will take you to the application for Aliyah. It is self explanatory; you won’t need anyone’s help. Good luck.

  • happytraveler

    There are so many ways to get a second passport, this is the first time I have heard about such an avenue… thanks for sharing, although I will not be taking this route :)

  • http://www.referencepointtherapy.com Simon R

    hey guys, this isn’t about pro or anti Israel, it’s about getting a 2nd passport. I don’t think Simon Black is pro-Israel, I think he just nominated one of the easiest routes to a new passport since many people (myself included) can nominate a Jewish parent.

    That said, the compulsory military service should rule it out for anyone. Why would you even consider it? Even people claiming religeous or ethical objections have to do some form of non-military national service.

    In short, rule out Israel.

    In the book Emergency, Strauss suggests a St Kitts passport is easiest. http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-This-Book-Will-Save/dp/0060898771/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1275567793&sr=1-1

    Simon R

    • Truthseeker

      In short, “Simon R”, you obviously have limited insight and intelligence. Thanks for letting all of us know that.


      Israel is an excellent choice, for those who can qualify. This is why Simon Black *is* pro-Israel – as a potential place to plant one of your “flags”.

      Because… there are MANY ways to “get around” the military service requirement. Obviously, however, Black can not discuss this in “detail”, in a public forum.

      Glad to clarify that, for all INTELLIGENT readers here.

    • AZVick

      Military service is an excellent way to show your gratitude to your adopted country.

  • Sarah green

    Who on earth wants an Israeli citizenship? According to Israel itself there is no such thing. Get any European Passport you can get your hands on – it’s a million times better.

    I’m living here and as soon as G-d permits I’m getting the Hell out!

    • Livia Shelford

      I do, and so do millions of others.And of course there’s Israeli citizenship. Silly comment.

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    I have Swiss citizenship through my father and Switzerland has the same “military service” requirement as Israel. When I got my passport at the Swiss consulate I asked them how likely it would be for me to be called up having lived in the US all my life and they said slim-to-none. I am just wondering if the same would apply if I got Israeli citizenship through the law of return or if they would make me actually serve on the “front lines”? Thanks for any help.

  • Ccs

    I am wondering about the Dominican Republic since I have just seen an ad talking about second passports are available there also. 

    • http://TarotVerbatim.com/ Emily Sandstrom

      Beware. I have a client who moved there. Poverty and crime is extreme, and her employees are one after the other untrustworthy and thieving. Yes, that’s just one person, but I would look elsewhere.

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