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

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.
Denied Entry Under Visa Waiver Program: Can I Come Back to the U.S.?
The fact that you have been refused entry under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) will indeed go on your permanent immigration record, and could impact whether you are allowed into the U.S. in the future.
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.
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.
Can I Travel to the U.S. While Pregnant?
If you are entering the U.S. for any sort of medical treatment, as is allowed under a B-2 visa, you must be able to pay for it with your own funds or with private health insurance.
Strategies for Applying for Marriage-Based Visa If Couple Lives Abroad
Steps you will need to take if you are a U.S. citizen living abroad (or you are a U.S. green card holder traveling abroad for an extended period of time), and you are married to a foreign citizen who wishes to receive a U.S. green card based on your marriage.
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.
At the U.S. Border or Airport: What to Expect When Entering
Should you expect hassles or a smooth entry to the United States?
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.