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Rhoda K. Dryer, Esq.

Rhoda K. Dryer, former Chairperson of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) New York Chapter and a member of its Executive Committee for 4 years, has been practicing principally U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law for over 40 years. She has been on many of AILA’s Liaison Committees that meet with the various government agencies involved with Immigration and Nationality matters and co-chaired AILA’s Department of Labor Liaison Committee for several years. She is a frequent speaker at Immigration Seminars. She has been selected as an Honored Member of Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys from 1990 to present and was the attorney on a number of precedent immigration decisions.  She is respected by her peers and by government personnel at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

Mrs. Dryer has successfully represented individual clients and both international and domestic business clients in all aspects of the fields of immigration and nationality law.  She has handled complex cases involving temporary visas for study, work and visits, as well as difficult permanent family cases based on blood, adoption and step-relationships.  She was counsel on a precedent Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision establishing an out-of-wedlock father’s rights and benefits under immigration law. She is also accomplished in complicated permanent employment-based cases for the following categories:

  • Persons of extraordinary or exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics,
  • Outstanding Professors and Researchers,
  • Managers and Executives of multinational businesses,
  • Members of the Professions holding advanced degrees who qualify for National Interest Waivers,
  • Physicians and Nurses.
  • Professionals or skilled or unskilled workers who need alien employment certifications from the DOL (She was the attorney on an favorable decision by the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) regarding the alien’s ownership interest in the employer’s business)
  • Immigrant Investors, and
  • Religious Workers,

She has also gotten great results for:
Applicants under the Nicaraguan and Central American Relief Act (NACARA) and
Respondents in removal/deportation and seeking relief such as Cancellation of Removal
Applicants for U.S. citizenship through naturalization
Acquisition or derivation of U.S. citizenship through parents or grandparents

Her years of experience include consular processing of immigrant and non-immigrant visas and stateside applications before the CIS for change of non-immigrant status and adjustment of status to permanent resident.  She has extensive experience in motions, waivers, naturalization, claims to U.S. citizenship, administrative appeals to the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA), the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) well as Federal Court appeals. She was Counsel in a precedent Federal Court case regarding rights of aliens in Immigration Court to invoke the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.


Brooklyn Law School, Law Degree 1966
University of Madrid, Instituto de Cultura Hispanica, Summer 1965
City College of New York, Bachelor of Science 1959


State Bar of New York
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York


American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY)
Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA)
New Rochelle Bar Association (NRBA)


Fluent in Spanish and English
Conversant in French and Portuguese