Tiffney Johnson


Tiffney Johnson served as a consular officer with the U.S. Department of State for 15 years.  Her postings include Honduras, Australia, Cuba, Juarez, Mexico, New York, and Washington D.C. After a domestic tour in the Visa Office Legal Directorate in Washington, D.C., her first assignment abroad was to Juarez, Mexico, where she also served as the Deputy Fraud Prevention Chief. In Havana, Cuba, she served as the Immigrant Visa Chief and implemented the Cuban Family Reunification Program. In Sydney, Australia, she served as Deputy Consular Section Chief, started the first fraud prevention unit and interviewed applicants from almost every country. She also served as Deputy Consular General in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. In her last tour, Tiffney was the Assistant Director of the New York Passport Agency; the largest passport agency in the U.S., where up to 400 emergency same-day passports are processed. In her career, she interviewed over 150,000 immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants, completed the Advanced Consular Course, and trained over 60 junior Foreign Service officers.  

Tiffney has significant experience in the field of consular "crimmigration" (visa eligibility consequences of criminal convictions), complex citizenship issues, and visa and passport policy. She also focuses her practice on O visas for performing artists and procuring national interest waivers for self-employed professionals applying for immigrant visas. 

Tiffney graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a fluent Spanish speaker and currently works as an immigration attorney and freelance legal writer in Tucson, Arizona. Find her at tiffneyjohnsonlaw.com.

Articles By Tiffney Johnson

Made a Mistake on Form DS-160—How Do I Fix It After It's Submitted?
What to do if you're applying for a visa to the U.S., have completed your State Department Form DS-160 online, but realize it contains an error.
Obtaining Proof of U.S. Citizenship
If you believe you are a U.S. citizen, you'll want a document to prove it.
Why Was My U.S. Visitor Visa Renewal Denied?
There's no guarantee that your U.S. visitor visa will be renewed. Many applicants are shocked to discover that what they thought would be a routine visa renewal turns to a denial.
How to Get a Replacement U.S. Visa After Losing Your Passport
The Department of State does not issue a “replacement” for a lost or stolen U.S. visa. You will need to apply for the visa again, whether it's a tourist visa, student visa, or work visa.
What Happens Between I-130 Approval and Consular Interview
Gathering documents, paying fees, and other steps in preparation for your family-immigrant or diversity-visa interview at a U.S. consulate.
Understanding the Trump Travel Ban
Which country's nationals, and in some cases which types of visa opportunities, are affected by Trump's security-based travel bans.
Will a Misdemeanor Conviction Prevent You From Receiving a U.S. Visa or Green Card?
Understanding when a seemingly minor crime can disqualify someone from eligibility for a U.S. visa or green card.
How to Fill in Online Form DS-260 for Consular Visa Processing
Are you in the process of applying for an immigrant visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad? If so, one of the important steps is to must submit an electronic form called the DS-260. Here's how.
Will Some U.S. Visitor Visa Applicants Need to Pay a Bond Under New USCIS Pilot Program?
December 24, 2020 Pilot Program takes effect requiring some visa recipients from countries with high overstay rates to pay a bond ensuring their timely return home.
How to Spot a Fake Green Card
For employers who see Permanent Resident Cards (“green cards”) frequently, it can be easy to spot a fake one from a mile away.