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I have practiced immigration law since 1984. During the past 25 years, I have represented individuals from every continent (other than Antarctica) and more than one third of the countries in the world. My asylum cases alone have involved persons and families from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Cameroons, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Zimbabwe, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro, Syria, Afghanistan, P.R. China, Pakistan, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Fiji, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua.


In terms of asylum, I have successfully assisted individuals who reasonably believed that would be persecuted in their home country because of their political views, or because they were identified as

practicing Christians or Jews in a country hostile to either tradition, or because they were terribly abused by their husbands and received no protection from domestic violence, or because their tribal group threatened them with female genital mutilation, or because they were subjected to retaliation when they complained to authorities about corrupt practices or because they suffered forced abortion in keeping with their country’s one child policy.


I have helped numerous persons get their green cards through marriage,  including those who came to the United States illegally and who later married United States citizens. Sometimes they need to return to their  home country for their papers. I help them apply for waivers so they may re-enter the United States without undue delay.


Every year thousands of foreigners get green cards through their

employment. Some of them are my clients. Their occupations are all  over the place—cooks, physicians, nurses, IT workers, managers, teachers, professors, and researchers. I prepare visa petitions for persons seeking employment based green cards as aliens of extraordinary ability, as intracompany transferees, as outstanding researchers and academics and as persons seeking national interest waivers. I also prepare labor certification applications for foreign workers whose occupations require such certifications.


I help clients apply for and become US citizens.


Part of my work involves helping people who have committed crimes navigate the immigration system. Even a minor crime can cause a person to be deported or denied U.S. citizenship. I carefully analyze the criminal record history of my clients and determine what must be done to allow that person to remain in the United States.


Frequently, I appear in Immigration Courts on behalf of persons who are faced with deportation. There, the client and I use every tool at our Immigration disposal to ward off removal. Relief may come in the form of Cancellation of Removal or Adjustment of Status or grant of Asylum or grant of an appropriate Waiver. There are times, of course, when my clients have no alternative but to return to their home country.


Our government frequently is very slow in the processing of applications for green cards or for US citizenship. Moreover, our government sometimes adopts practices or policies that do not conform to the law.  I have no reluctance in protecting my client’s interests in the United States District Courts and Courts of Appeal.


Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Edward Robert White

    Without reservation, I wholeheartedly endorse Attorney Johnson's work. He brings a wealth of knowledge, years of experience and a personal touch to every legal problem he works on for the benefit of clients as well as the legal community.


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Contact info

Vard R Johnson

185 Devonshire Street
Boston, MA, 02110-1407


NESenior Active196410/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Rating since 1980Martindale-Hubbell2012
University of NebraskaDoctor of Humane Letters2007
Equal Justice AwardNebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest2005
Order of the Tower for Outstanding Service to OthersUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha1991
Award of Special MeritNebraska State Bar Association1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Vard Johnson2005 - Present
PartnerBroom Johnson Clarkson and Lanphier1982 - 2005
Executive DirectorLegal Aid Society of Omaha-Council Bluffs1969 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationBoard of Governors1999 - 2000
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tang v. Chertoff, 493 F. 2d 148Court ordered USCIS to decide case forthwith
Shalan v. ChertoffCourt naturalized the Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Essential Workers, American Immigration Lawyers AssociationFarm Workers and H-2A Visas2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1964
Yale UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1960
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual ConferenceH-2A visas for farm workers2007
Annual ConferenceH2B visas for essential workers2006