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John Paul Byrley

Immigration Attorney at Columbia, MD

5.0   25 reviews
  • State Years
    Maryland - MD 17 years
    Virginia - VA 18 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 28 years
    Florida - FL 29 years
  • Licensed for 17 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2006
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State VA
    Acquired 2005
    Associate No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1995
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About John

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John Byrley provides a variety of immigration, naturalization, and visa services to clients in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area. His practice includes work- and family-based immigration and a wide range of visa and consular issues. He is available to discuss potential representation without charge for preliminary consultations.


John Byrley is the principal of the Firm.  He received a Juris Doctor, with honors, in 1992, from the University of Florida College of Law, where he served as the Executive Research Editor on the Florida International Law Journal.  From 1993 to 1994, he practiced business, estates and trusts, and real estate law in Gainesville, Florida.  From 1994, John was based in Washington, DC, working on a variety of international development projects for Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, with the US-Ukraine Foundation, Chemonics International, and Democratic-Russia USA Foundation.  More recently, John served with Freedom House, a prominent nongovernmental organization working globally for the rule-of-law, democratization and human rights.  John is an active member of the Maryland Bar, and an inactive member of the Bars of Virginia and Florida.  His practice is primarily limited to U.S. immigration and nationality law matters in all jurisdictions throughout the United States and abroad. John is an avid sailor and scuba-diver.  He holds a first-degree black belts in Judo and in Aikido, and is a PADI-certified rescue diver. 

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Byrley Law Firm, L.L.C.
10015 Old Columbia Road #B215
Columbia, MD, 21046-1865


5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by Olha | October 16, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
President, CRS, LLC
I was very happy with the work John did for us when he helped us to set up our LLC registration. He handled everything promptly and responded quickly to any issues or questions that we had. Will be happy to refer him to anyone in need of this type of service.
Posted by Mostafa | October 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration lawyer
If you are looking for a great immigration lawyer, look no further! Mr. John Byrley is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in immigration field. He made the whole immigration process easy and enjoyable for us. He is always available via email and phone, answers all the questions in details. My wife and I are still being helped by Mr. Byrley. He is very personable with a great attitude. The words can not express our admiration for him and everything that he has done for us. I highly recommend using Mr. John Byrley’s serves to everyone who wants to see a good result and deal with a professional attorney.
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Posted by Elham | October 11, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
I would highly recommend Mr. John Byrley
This is the best immigration law firm . If you want the best lawyer working on your case, this is the place. John Byrley is very knowledgeable and experienced in the field. From the first conversation, he correctly predicted what to anticipate in my case. He helps me during the interview process and advises me on the process followed. He is very supportive and handles the procedure smoothly. He impressed me not only with the professionalism, but also with the art of communication as an outstanding attorney. I would highly recommend him .
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Posted by Aleksandr | October 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
John helped us with our children’s visas applications
John helped us with our children’s visas applications. We were very happy with his services. The process went smoothly and efficiently, from start to finish. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for this kind of help.
Posted by Irene | February 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Very intelligent and approachable
Knows exactly what he is doing and goes straight to the point to tell you exactly what Ineeds to be done. Very patient and humble. I fully recommend him.
Posted by Cosmond | October 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
Mr. Byrley is an excellent Lawyer. I hired him when I applied for my citizenship, my wife's green card and also my stepson's green card. He is professional and has expert knowledge about immigration.He addressed every concern, responded to calls and emails in a timely manner.He is passionate about getting a positive outcome for his clients. My wife, stepson and, I were all successful and I am delighted that I found such a wonderful attorney. I would recommend Mr. Byrley to friends and family members. He is an excellent choice.
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Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Smooth immigration process
Mr. Byrley made the application process so easy and smooth. He is very easy to work with and very responsive in terms of communication. Immigration is a very stressful process but he made it as "stress-free" as it could possibly be and my husband and I very much appreciated that. Having him with us at the interview was helpful and made the interview experience not as intimidating as we thought it might be. His rate is very reasonable compared to other lawyers we spoke with prior to contacting him. I would definitely recommend Mr. Byrley to my friends with no hesitation!
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Posted by Katerina | January 9, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
great lawyer
John helped us to get my green card through marrying my husband. He was excellent at his work and always answered any questions we had via phone or emails. With his help I got my green card and everything went so smooth. I recommend John to any potential client.
Posted by Pricilla | September 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Immigration Attorney!
Mr. Byrley is an excellent immigration attorney; he is professional and very thorough. He help my husband and I through the process of getting my employment card, and green card, explained the whole process and everything was in black and white. He would keep me updated as to what I needed and what USCIS needed, would notify me asap when he had heard from USCIS, prepared us every step of the way and made sure everything was in order before we went to the interview. I highly recommend Mr. Byrley to anyone who needs help with the immigration process, in fact I have already have told a few of my friends about him; his prices are fair and he is trustworthy.
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Posted by Terrence | September 24, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service!
It was a great experience working with John Byrley, he was very professional and cordial. I and my wife were pleased and satisfied with his service, we couldn’t have wished for any better representative. We will definitely hire him again in future and I would recommend him for anyone that needs an immigration attorney. Thanks a lot John for everything!
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Posted by Jean | February 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
I can not say enough about how helpful John was. As attentive to our needs as he was considerate of our particular situation. I cannot recommend his legal help enough.
Posted by Dekang | February 16, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney John Byrly
John serviced on our I-485 application with very high efficiency. He precisely analyses the case and makes perfect plan and document list. Our case got through very fast and smoothly. The fee is really reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tough Naturalization Case
I brought him a rejected, tough naturalization case because of my criminal record. John did a good job. He returned calls and did what he said he would. He is really personable and very polite. Always great attitude, makes you relax and focus on the positives. Definitely gets the job done.
Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful, Professional & Knowledgeable Lawyer
I've gained a lot of helpful information in just the first hour meeting with Mr. Byrley, so I decided to hire him for adjusting my status. Through out the whole process he was very efficient yet thorough, patience and very clear on any steps I needed to do or when he answers all my questions/concerns. He is also on top of things and kept me updated with the status of my case. Having said that, I will continue to use his service for all my immigration issues and I highly recommend Mr. Byrley.
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Posted by Mariya | September 30, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great immigration lawyer
I found John Byrley's information on-line doing a Google search for an immigration lawyer. His firm had a number of great reviews and as it turned out they were very accurate. He helped me in establishing permanent residency for my parents who are Russian citizens. Previously they overstayed their visitor's visa and we were worried about issues with immigration so we needed professional help to maximize their chances in obtaining permanent residency. Mr. Byrley has been incredibly knowledgable, professional and responsive from the day one until the very end of the process, which took close to a year. I had a million questions, which he patiently answered in a very timely manner. We had some issues requiring my Mom to leave US before getting her green card after her interview date had already been set. John helped us with that situation as well insuring her safe return and interview attendance at a later date. My Father got his green card in Moscow embassy and that process went flawlessly as well thanks to a very thorough guidance from John. His fees are more than reasonable for the exceptional service you receive. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great immigration lawyer.
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Posted by Jeff & Lily | June 17, 2015
Best Immigration Lawyer
From day one John was very helpful and informative in giving advice. His knowledge and experience made the process so stress free on my wife and me. He always responded to our questions and inquires in 24 hours or less. He guided us through the process and always kept us updated on new developments. He gave us all the tools we needed to prepare and plan for our interview. He also accompanies you to the interview in case any legal issues arise. His prices are fair with no hidden costs. If you are in need of an immigration lawyer Byrley Law is the only way to go.
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Posted by ali | June 17, 2015
Green card for wife and step son
I would like to share my experience with John Byrley about the support he gave me to get my wife a green card and bring my step son to this country . It was about a year ago that I ask him to help me to accomplish above tasks. He lay out a time line and we worked to it and accomplished everything as he mentioned at the beginning to me. He was keeping me up to date with all immigration status. He was always accurate on his statement and advise . He was always available when I needed to talk to him. He got the green card for my wife in 5 months and he brought my step son to this country in 11 months. It was an excellent experience, working with him. I recommend him to anyone that needs immigration advise or support. A, Engineering manager
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Posted by Derek | June 16, 2014
Excellent help for permanent residency and citizenship
John Byrley assisted me with my permanent resident application and citizenship application, over the course of 4 years, all of which were successful. His attention to detail in preparing my applications and responsive communication gave me confidence that my materials were in order and all would go smoothly. He also assisted me in my PR renewal and dealing with USCIS for rescheduling after my citizenship was approved and I was very pleased with his responsiveness. Since he exceeded my expectations, I enthusiastically recommend him for his excellent professionalism, attentiveness and communication.
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Posted by Sudha | February 5, 2014
Best Immigration Attorney
John is a very capable immigration attorney with deep and up-to-date knowledge in immigration matters. I have worked with John for my H1B visa and Green card related applications for the past 8 years and his service is nothing but exceptional. He is extremely responsive to any questions at any time and is very polite and professional. He worked through my complex case by providing thorough and timely responses to USCIS which resulted in me receiving my green card. I don't think any other attorney could have handled my case as well as he did. Highly recommend John for anyone needing immigration assistance.
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Posted by Raisa | August 23, 2013
The Best Immigration Lawyer
John is a great attorney! He is very reliable, professional, honest and very decent. I hired John several times and was very satisfied with his services each and every time. John is simply the best!
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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Byrley Law Firm LLC
  • 2000 - Present
  • 60+ Wills Program Volunteer Attorney
  • Howard County Department of Citizen Services
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • Foreign Born Information Network
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Senior Program Officer
  • Freedom House
  • 1998 - 2000
  • Program Officer
  • National Forum Foundation
  • 1995 - 1998
  • Attorney
  • T.Allen Crouch Law Offices
  • 1993 - 1995
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  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • EB-1 Multinational Manager/Executived
  • EB-1 Adjustment of Status Approved
  • EB-2 National Interest Waiver Approved
  • EB-2 NIW Approved
  • Approved Naturalization after Denial
  • Naturalization Approved
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  • Howard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
  • Volunteer Attorney
  • 2018 - Present
  • Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center
  • Panelist
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Florida Journal of International Law
  • Executive Research Editor
  • 1991 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Honors Law Graduate
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 1992
  • Appellate Advocacy Book Award
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 1991
  • Intellectual Property Law Book Award
  • University of Florida College of Law
  • 1990


  • The Tehran Post
  • Conversation with Your Immigration Lawyer
  • 2000
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Speaking Engagements

  • Labor Certification and Grandfathering under INA 245(i)
  • Labor Certification and Grandfathering under INA 245(i)
  • 2001

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Immigration Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. John is very hard working, enthusiastic, and very capable. He is a great choice to assist you in your immigration matter."
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