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

At the U.S. Border or Airport: What to Expect When Entering
Should you expect hassles or a smooth entry to the United States?
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.
Why an Airline Might Deny Boarding to U.S. Visa Holder
Airlines sometimes deny boarding to U.S.-bound passengers for immigration-related reasons, even despite the passenger having a valid U.S. visa.
How to Obtain a U.S. Visa or Green Card When You Have a Criminal Record
Even with a criminal ineligibility, you might nevertheless be able to receive a U.S. visa if you qualify for a waiver.
Steps to Take Following Denial of a B-1 or B-2 Visa
While current practices at U.S. consulates and embassies do not allow an application to be reconsidered, there are steps you can take to better understand why the consular officer denied your visa and decide when the time is right for you to apply again.
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.
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.