Immigration Testimonials

Our Immigration Attorneys help thousands of clients avoid deportation, get their green cards and become US citizens. See what our clients and colleagues have to say about how Harlan York & Associates helped them with their case.

Faith & Thayer

Choosing the best immigration lawyer and the best immigration law firm can make all the difference in one’s life, in one’s family’s life. Choosing an immigration lawyer who is not very skilled, who is not experienced, who is not facile at dealing with the nuances of a body of law which is very different than other areas of law, and who is not familiar with the local climate, the regional and the national climate, and with the nuances of interfacing with a variety of authorities and organizations unique to the attorney’s specialty, can destroy one’s life, and can destroy the life of one’s family. We should know.  
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We have seen the best of immigration lawyers, and the worst of immigration lawyers. If a doctor is incompetent and hurts someone, the effects on the patient can be devastating. If an immigration lawyer is incompetent, someone – and their family – can be terribly hurt, and the effects can be, in some ways, nearly as devastating, if not even worse. Before we became a couple, before we got married, and before we started a family, one of us had been dragged through the coals, dragged through the mud – and worse – for many years. Arriving to the U.S. under innocent circumstances at a young age, and then attempting to stay legally, our case – we refer to this as ours now, although initially only one of us was affected, along with several family members – was miserably mismanaged by an attorney who did not possess those skills, those experiences, that knowledge, which if he had possessed, could have led in the shorter term to a very different outcome. Years of stress, of family disruption, of fear, ensued. Incarceration of an innocent individual. Deportation. Disruption of the family unit. Children without one of their parents. Years of legal proceedings, legal wrangling, motion after motion filed, hearing after hearing, all to no avail. Small fortunes spent and wasted. Nights of worrying. Years of worrying. And no one was a criminal, no one had hurt anyone. Hard working folks, contributing to society in many ways. Tax paying professionals. Members of the community. Further legitimate attempts failed for a variety of unfortunate reasons much of which was related to inadequate legal advice. Mistake on top of mistake, compounding and worsening. More time, more money, wasted. More major stress. To make a very, very long story (you should see height of the legal files – quote, with issues beyond even a challenging law school study case) very, very short, we were referred to Harlan York and Associates. Mr. York examined our detailed, complex, tortuous, and difficult history, made recommendations, and shared his extensive legal as well as practical real-world experience, and we began the process with him and his colleagues of making the wrongs right. In conjunction with his outstanding, more junior colleague Riki King, they relatively rapidly navigated us through the path to Green Card status. Correct paperwork was filed. Motions succeeded. Years of potential further trouble were circumvented, legally. Numerous phone calls and meetings ensued. Yes, there was some luck involved, but the most successful lawyers, and Harlan York and Associates are in that rank – know how to use such opportunities to their clients’ advantage. We are not world-famous chess champions, professional athletes, or broadcasters (all clients of Harlan York and Associates, with successful outcomes to their cases), but nonetheless we were treated as important people all the time by them. No email or phone call went unanswered. No question not taken seriously. And, to top it off, in contrast to our previous experience, it wasn’t about the money, the billable hours, the profit margin. The charges were incredibly fair, were spread out over time, and were NEVER the focus. Every phone call was not charged. Every 10 minutes of work was not billed. When you need a lung cancer removed, you don’t go to a dermatologist or a family doctor, you go to a chest surgeon, and ideally one who takes out a lot of lung tumors, and who is good at it. You also don’t go to a general or other surgeon who dabbles in lung cancer surgery but whose focus is primarily elsewhere. You don’t go to a surgeon with a poor track record. When you have an immigration problem, you should consult with an experienced, ethical, immigration lawyer, one with a good track record. One who knows far more than what they teach about this focused topic in law school. One who doesn’t dabble in immigration law, while also closing real estate deals, finalizing wills, and negotiating divorces. One who is laser focused and knows how the current system works (and doesn’t work). We could not be happier as to the outcome of our case, and we do not take this at all for granted, we know by personal experience how things can go terribly wrong when lives are placed in the wrong hands – not in the hands of doctors, but in the hands of subpar immigration lawyers. Harlan York and Associates are ethical, experienced, practical, and optimistic yet realistic. Gurus in their area of law. Highly knowledgeable about paperwork, processes, what could happen, what should happen, what might happen. Preparation, preparation, preparation. Outstanding preparation. Strategic planning – thinking about the worst and preparing for it, but attempting to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. Psychiatrists, counselors, immigration doctors, hand holders, and legal experts – all in one.

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Agustín Fernández

Oscar winning Filmmaker "Thank you very much for the time and professionalism. You are excellent attorneys that honestly care about your clients."


"Harlan York took an absolutely dead immigration case after three denials and removal proceedings and pulled it through. We are very happy to receive our green cards after his outstanding efforts."

Garry Kasparov

Greatest Chess Player of All Time "Harlan York is a Street Fighter."


"York was the consummate professional. He pinpointed precisely the issues that needed to be addressed. In personal terms he seemed to share an equal passion for the complexities of the law and the very human aspects of immigration law."


"He found out that I had one day left before my deportation and was able to reverse my case on the right track. Harlan is very friendly, honest, truthful and energetic. He didn’t make any empty promises to us. He worked very hard on my case. I can not thank him enough."


"Mr. York has been a great, honest lawyer in all the years I have known him. He saved me from deportation."


"Not only is he an expert in current immigration law, but he is well versed in changes that have occurred in the last 20 years. And I have always found his rates to be fair and reasonable."


Harlan York and his team were absolutely amazing. Our immigration case was a little bit complicated, but Harlan was there with us every step of the way. We always felt as if we were a top priority to Harlan and his team. I would highly recommend Harlan York to anyone who is looking for assistance with an immigration case."


"I was recommended by a friend to Harlan York. I must say it was the best move I ever made. The process was painless and never once did I feel uneasy. Mr. York and his exceptional team of professional legal staff were there for me the entire time. Being a small business owner who employs people in similar situations to the one I was once in, I now recommend all my staff and potential future staff to Harlan York & Associates. He has a client for life with me, my business & my family."


"I was very pleased with the entire process. Above all, I was extremely happy with his accessibility. Staff is very friendly and always answered my questions when I called. Mr. York is extremely good about getting back to you with any questions. It never went for more than a few hours before getting a return call. He responds to his emails almost instantly. I have worked with other attorneys and have not been this satisfied until I found Mr. York."


"I had been given Mr York's name by one of my colleagues at the university, but I was skeptical until I noticed the efficiency with which he handled all paperwork. I received my US citizenship without any problems, and just last week, 12 years later, Harlan provided me with a legal note I required without any hesitation in the same quick and forthright manner that had impressed me when I first met him."


"Mr. York and his staff conducted themselves in an exemplary way. We never had to wait for information or a special request. Our questions or concerns were always addressed. The case was brought to completion in less time than expected."


"What I like the most about Mr. York is that he tells you what can be done and on what you shouldn’t waste your money and time."


"Harlan is very professional, personable, efficient and transparent about the overall process and costs. Also, he is approachable and responsive to clients’ needs and questions. I would recommend Harlan without hesitation."


"They are the kind of lawyers that you can reach anytime by e-mail, phone, or even text message. Every time I had a question, I would send them an e-mail and on the same day I would have an answer!"


"I dealt with many Immigration Attorneys. All of them would be nice to you until you pay and then completely non-responsive. Mr. York was the only one who proved to stand by me until the case was resolved."


"Willing to take on a case that other attorneys were not capable of handling. Honest, straightforward and knows the law. In addition, an extremely kind individual that you can consider a friend and not just your attorney."


"When I first came to Mr. York, I was overwhelmed, lost and confused, but he was able to start quickly and move me forward through the paperwork. He was very reassuring and professional."

Peter Rono

Olympic Gold Medalist "Mr. York is a true professional who cares about his clients and his work."

Harlan York & Associates practices law in the areas of Immigration, Deportation Defense, Family Immigration, Corporate Immigration, Naturalization throughout Essex County – Hudson County – Morris County – Passaic County – Somerset County – Middlesex County – Bergen County – New Jersey -Immigration Lawyer – NJ Immigration Lawyer – Jersey City-Newark-Paterson Passaic Elizabeth Edison Woodbridge Toms River Hamilton Trenton Camden Clifton Passaic Garfield Wallington Cherry Hill East Orange Passaic Union City Bayonne Irvington Old Bridge Lakewood North Bergen Vineland Union Wayne Parsippany-Troy Hills New Brunswick Plainfield Bloomfield Perth Amboy East Brunswick West New York West Orange Hackensack Atlantic City Kearny Mount Laurel Montclair Essex Hoboken North Brunswick Belleville. In addition to serving clients in New York, Pennsylvania, the greater United States, and Internationally.

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