Marriage and Family Based Immigration

There has never been a better time to get your spouse a green card. Whether your husband or wife is outside the United States or already stateside, we are here to help.

If you are an immigrant or a US citizen, you don’t need to be afraid.

We’ve been helping immigrants become green card holders and US citizens for a quarter-century. We stay current on all the daily changes to immigration law and have a history of solving complicated immigration issues.

DO YOU NEED A LAWYER TO HELP YOU?

If you want a secure, positive outcome, then the answer is yes. Immigration rules change all the time, and our five attorney team is on the cutting edge of these changes and the opportunities available to immigrants.

There are all kinds of different options for marriage and family-based immigration. There has never been a better time to get your paperwork prepared and in order.

How long will you wait to get your spouse into a lawful, permanent status? If you want to read more about the lawyer’s role in getting a marriage-based green card, click here.

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY-BASED IMMIGRATION OPTIONS

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR A MARRIAGE-BASED GREEN CARD

  • You must be legally married (if you are not, we may be able to help you with a K visa for fiancees).
  • The Immigration Service will check to make sure your relationship is real. Immigration has always scrutinized marriage cases to stop fraud.
  • Domestic partnerships and civil unions aren’t recognized as marriage under federal law, so you won’t qualify for a marriage green card unless you’re officially married.
  • Polygamy is not legally recognized in the United States. Even if legal in your country, it will not be upheld in the US.

WHAT ARE THE SPONSORSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR THE US CITIZEN WHO IS BRINGING IN A SPOUSE OR FAMILY?

  • The sponsor must be age 18 or older.
  • The sponsor will need to file an affidavit of support pledging to provide for their spouse.
  • The sponsor must prove that they have the means to support their spouse (or family). If they cannot prove this, they may get a joint sponsor to help.

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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Our Immigration Lawyers 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.

"I was very pleased with the entire process. Above all, I was extremely happy with ...
Martha
"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."
Martha
Martha
"They are the kind of lawyers that you can reach anytime by e-mail, phone, ...
Adriana
"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!"
Adriana
Adriana
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Garry Kasparov
Greatest Chess Player of All Time
Greatest Chess Player of All Time "Harlan York is a Street Fighter."
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Garry Kasparov
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"York was the consummate professional. He pinpointed precisely the issues that needed to be addressed. ...
Jeremy
"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."
Jeremy
Jeremy
Choosing the best immigration lawyer and the best immigration law firm can make all the...
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. 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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Faith & Thayer
"When I first came to Mr. York, I was overwhelmed, lost and confused, but ...
Alina
"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."
Alina
Alina
"Mr. York and his staff conducted themselves in an exemplary way. We never had ...
Ricardo
"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."
Ricardo
Ricardo
"I had been given Mr York's name by one of my colleagues at the university, ...
Karl
"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."
Karl
Karl
"He found out that I had one day left before my deportation and was able...
Julia
"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."
Julia
Julia
"Harlan York took an absolutely dead immigration case after three denials and removal proceedings ...
Nikolay
"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."
Nikolay
Nikolay

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