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William John Vandenberg

Immigration Attorney at Philadelphia, PA

5.0   28 reviews
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2002
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I know immigration law, and I have the experience and the team to help you achieve your immigration dreams.  We fight for our clients in immigration courts, at the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA"), and in federal courts across the United States.  Our corporate clients count on us to help them hire and retain the brightest immigrant employees.  We reunite families from across the globe.  We help our clients become citizens.  And if you have made a mistake in the past, we are the immigration attorneys you should call to fix it.  

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Hogan & Vandenberg LLC
1608 Walnut St.
Ste. 1301
Philadelphia, PA, 19103


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 11, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best Immigration Lawyer
We hired John to process a family-base resident visa. John and the rest of the team were very thorough, straightforward and polite with our particular case. John is knowledge and experience with family-base residency and citizenship cases helped us navigate the immigration system smoothly. We couldn't have hired a better lawyer. Highly recommended!
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Posted by Marcos | January 29, 2020
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Excellent Lawyer - The Best One
John took care of the whole process of my Immigrant Visa (Employment Based). He and his team are highly professional, fast and skillful. We got 100% successful at all stages of the process for our Greencards. He was always available and answered all questions and doubts promptly. Me and my employer are grateful to have found John. He's the best, definitely!
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Posted by leonardo | September 29, 2019
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Professional excellence
He's not only interest in your monetary resource but he minds who you are. I am very satisfied with being his client.
Posted by Harmandeep | April 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Professional and Dedicated Immigration Lawyer
I was referred to John by another attorney in the area. My Immigration condition was worst when I first entered to his office and I never thought it will ever be fixed and now I am a Permanent Resident. My case was one of the complicated case with no hopes to get better anytime soon, there was an imminent danger of getting deported. John and his team did a fantastic job for year and half and made my dream come true. Every phase of my case was handled in very careful manner as the process was quite daunting. John responds to emails promptly which was very helpful when I had numerous questions due the complexity of my case. Mr. John is an expert in his field, his skills accurately outline his efforts in ensuring his clients are satisfied with the service. I confidently recommend him to anyone who is looking for a potential and well established attorney. "He is the answer to all your concerns and issues"
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Posted by anonymous | March 1, 2018
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Immigration Lawyer
I recently got married and was applying for adjustment of status based on marriage. As you can imagine this is a big steps and lots of questions came up. John always made the time to have conversations and answer all of them, he even provided his cell phone for after hour calls. The staff at the firm was always very responsive and did a great job posting me on updates. Would highly recommend!
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Posted by Admir | February 25, 2018
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Highly Recommend
I had a really complicated legal matter and decided to get a consultation from John. We had submitted our paperwork but I was initially declined again. But that didn't John stop from looking for other options and fighting for me. Finally, after going back and forth we were invited to another interview and my green card was granted. Every time i thought that things will go bad, John came trough and help me achieve legal residence. He was always reachable with phone and e-mail and took out time to meet and review documents. Overall nice guy and I highly recommend
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Posted by Gagandeep | January 30, 2018
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Highly Recommended
John Vandenberg is one of the finest lawyers in not only the Tri-State area, but also nationally. John and his team possess a critical element that is a rare finding in lawyers these days: they listen on an empathetic note. I was recommended to John via a prominent lawyer on the west coast. My case was one of the most complicated cases that involved critical research and a plethora of evidence. John and his team went far and beyond to make sure all elements of my case were covered. I went from detention to permanent resident in less than 2 years because of John, and his team, esp. Lisa. When my case was refused to be taken up by other noted lawyers in the area, John became a ray of hope for me, and he delivered better than anyone else could have and better than I expected. I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for an A class immigration lawyer and a fantastic support team.
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Posted by Khosrow | January 12, 2017
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John Vandenberg 's excellent expertise in NIW Green Card
John is not only an excellent lawyer but also a great friend who always available when you have a question or concern. If he accepts your case you can be quite confident that your application will go through successfully. I will stay in touch with him and strongly recommend him to my friends and relatives.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Our journey with a great and experienced Lawyer
My wife and I started our immigration journey 3 years ago when I came here on a b2 visa on our own without a lawyer which was clearly a mistake. A few months down the line, we were faced with a problem and needed a waiver. We had no idea what to do and who to trust with our problem. We went to a law firm that we found online, and after working with them for a few months, we were ripped off and our case was still denied. A friend of ours referred us to Mr Vandenberg who we decided to work with. We were totally surprised with the knowledge and professionalism that he treated us with. Throughout our case he kept in touch constantly and met with us occasionally to review information. Even the staff at his office are so well trained and so courteous that it was always a pleasure meeting the whole team. Long story short, he worked with us and just a few weeks ago we had our interview and have finally been approved. :-) My family and I are Christians and prayed a lot throughout our journey. Johns professionalism and knowledge is amazing and I would say with confidence, that he is thus far the Best aim migration Atorrney out here in PA.
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Posted by Val | September 19, 2016
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John is definitely the BEST Immigration lawyer that my husband and i have met. My husband and i met with other lawyers before meeting with John and i can tell you that we regret this to this day. He is very professional and knowlegeable. Everyone in his office is also very friendly and professional. John is a good man who truly cares about his clients and their immigration issues. He really went above and beyond to make sure that my husbands case was approved. Words cannot describe how much my husband and I appreciate him, he just truly AWESOME. I will definitely RECOMMEND him because i know he can make your immigration dreams come true!!
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Posted by Aboubacar Doray | September 15, 2016
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The best!!!
Totally the best lawyer. I only waited for 20 minutes and he gave me a free consultation. His professionalism is off the charts. I totally recommend him
Posted by Emma | January 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Kind, caring and amazing lawyer
I do not have enough words to express how grateful I am for Mr Vandenberg and his diligent, caring staff. I had a visa mishap early in 2015. I was advised to find a very very good immigration lawyer and Mr Vandenberg is the absolute epitome of that! Mr Vandenberg resolved my case quickly and effectively. I would also add that he is very honest and trustworthy.
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Posted by Rosa | November 12, 2015
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My situation was very complicated and went to see many lawyers before I decided to go with Mr. Vandenberg. Other lawyers after explaining my situation were giving me directions that meant clearly that either they didn't listen to half of my story or it was too complicated that no one would be able to convey it. Mr. Vandenberg understood it without me repeating myself and asked many questions, while there he picked up his book and after reading for a while told me what he could do and what steps we needed to take. I received my G.C after a year which was a total surprised to me since based on my situation I thought that I would have to testify in front of a court or an immigration officer at the least. This was after many others gave me very little hope. He is the BEST in my opinion.
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Posted by Raj | November 4, 2015
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I will remember John Vandenberg for the rest of my life.
Sometimes we come across with situations in life where things happen even without our knowledge. People do not even bother to hear when you speak the facts. No one cares even though you are honest. It really happened to me. There was a time when my immigration status was even at stake. I went through a phase of sadness, sorrow and frustration for a long time. GOD heard my prayers and showed me a way through JOHN. He is an exceptionally talented Attorney. A good man with kind heart. He fought a battle on my behalf. Appealed to the Court. Presented all the facts to USCIS. My long wait finally ended with a good news. Me and my family are indebted to him for all the help that he did. I have no words to express my gratitude. I will remember him for the rest of my life. Thank you John.
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Posted by Isaac | May 5, 2015
Favorable Court Decision
I'm very pleased to provide this review of William John Vandenberg who brought great joy to me and my family. I have been in United States for 20 years and could not travel outside the United States due to not having permanent residence. I’m very pleased to testify that through dedication and wisdom in handling my complicated immigration case, I obtained favorable decision from the immigration court. This is an evidence of the excellency of this law firm.
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Posted by Wendy | December 23, 2014
They give me my life back
Just when me and my family thought there was no hope on our drive back from Philadelphia, I received a phone call from a law office that wanted to take my case. Im thankful to god that I went, because that is how I met this wonderful law firm. It was a tough fight, but through their determination and will to fight, they won , when no one believed it could be done. Thank you John for your hard work. Well done
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2014
Best service.....Thanks for helping me get a GC with in 6 months.
John is an awesome attorney, very knowledgeable and precise. He has great team as well. Every one of them knows what they are dealing with and give the utmost care to every small thing. He has documented my case in such a great way that although my case is a bit complicated I got my GC in exactly 6 months. Thanks to John, Lynda, Katelyn and all the team for all their services. Everyone is scared off the fees when hiring an attorney, but John has simple fee and payment structure and there is no hidden fees popping up every now and then and frustrates the client. Without a thought I would definitely recommend their service for any complicated immigration cases.
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Posted by Chip | January 7, 2014
Simply the best at what he does!
John and his staff helped us with an immigrations nightmare that with his knowledge and patience got us through it smoothly and left us with a feeling that hour money had been well invested in his firm. It was a case that was declined the first round by immigrations.
Posted by Nivya | December 14, 2013
An Honest and Trustworthy Lawyer who really Cares !!!
I contacted John for my naturalization process as I had some trouble with it. To be honest,this was my first time dealing with an attorney and I was clueless and upset as I had not much knowledge. John went above and beyond his means and helped me with the process. John is great to work with, very responsive as well as very knowledgeable about immigration law and the process. He reviewed all my documentation, prepared all the paperworks and was always there to answer all my questions and concern. He was confident about the case even when we had some hard time and that helped me to keep a positive outlook and yes it paid off. I got naturalized yesterday and now I'm an American citizen :) If not for John the path would have been hard . I would definitely recommend John to anyone looking out there for a knowledgable ,honest and trustworthy immigration attorney. Through the process I constantly felt his support on the personal level. We were successful, and I am truly grateful! Thank you for all your help.
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Posted by Ryan | March 2, 2013
I cannot say enough about the great assistance we received. The best part about our experience is not just the assistance or the work accomplished but the ability of John to calm our fears. After talking with him for the first time our minds were at ease. We felt a priceless confidence that in the end everything would work out.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hogan & Vandenberg, LLC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Transnational Legal Clinic
  • University Of Pennsylvania Law School
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Associate Attorney
  • Law Office of David E. Piver
  • 2002 - 2005


  • American Immigration Council/American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2010
  • Villanova University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • University of Texas System, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Torres v. Attorney General USA
  • Petition granted, removal order vacated, case reopened.
  • Thu v. Attorney General USA
  • Petition for Review Granted
  • Shah v. Gonzales
  • Petition for Review Granted
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  • Nationalities Service Center (NSC)
  • Board of Trustees
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (Philadelphia chapter)
  • Vice-Secretary/Committee Liaison
  • 2012 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - Philadelphia Chapter
  • USCIS Liaison Committee Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Association of Muslim Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Urdu
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Russian
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer - Immigration
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star- Immigration Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Matthew Baxter Award for Mentorship
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association - Philadelphia Chapter
  • 2012
  • Best Immigration Attorney on the Main Line
  • Main Line Today Magazine
  • 2007
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  • Employment Law Update (Aspen)
  • Consular Processing for Employers Seeking Foreign Employees
  • 2005

Speaking Engagements

  • AILA Philadelpha Chapter Annual CLE Conference
  • Lozada Claims & Ethics: Everybody Wins: How to Effectively and Professionally Use Lozada
  • 2013
  • New Member Division - AILA
  • Family-based Immigration
  • 2012
  • Immigration Law Forum
  • Defensive Applications in Immigration Court
  • 2012
  • AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual CLE Conference
  • The Ethics of Fees: Referral Fees, Fee Splitting, and IOLTA Refresher
  • 2012
  • Annual Conference
  • Effectively Dealing with ICE: Anatomy of Removal Proceedings & Overview of Key Defenses
  • 2011
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Muslim Associate of Lehigh Valley
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants
  • 2007
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Immigration Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"FULL DISCLOSURE: I consider John a friend, as well as a colleague. I can endorse this attorney from a different perspective. Many of his endorsers are his contemporaries, or even younger lawyers which in no way diminishes the worth of their praise and esteem. I've known John from his Law School days,while serving as an Officer in the local AILA Chapter. I've seen him develop from a law student with a deep interest in immigration law, though young lawyer working for his clients and actively participating in Bar events through to the Partner in the respected immigration law firm that he is today. He now serves the local Immigration Bar as an Officer in our Immigration lawyers association. John is an intelligent, compassionate and creative attorney and nice guy.. Thus, no surprise for the high regard which he has rightfully earned. I am relatively new to this AVVO, about a month (generational, I guess), or I would have given this high endorsement much sooner than today."
Immigration Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Probably the best attorney in PA, Andy is quick and gets the job done. He is expert at what he does, and he doesn't charge an arm and a leg. Not only is he a amazing profoessional but he is also a good man and he has a great sense of humor. As an attorney he has always won cases! As a person he is always there for you."
Immigration Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An outstanding immigration lawyer! I have personally seen John in immigration court and believe that he is a superb advocate for his clients. A truly A+++ immigration attorney with a track record to prove it!"
Immigration Attorney | Oct 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a true professional when it comes to the field of immigration law. He not only knows the law, but understands his clients, which is the best recipe for success!"
Immigration Attorney | May 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Vandenberg is one of the most honest and trustworthy attorneys in the immigration field. His knowledge of immigration law and his dedication to his clients is second to none."
Immigration Attorney | May 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is a star of the Philadelphia immigration bar. I would recommend him to anybody who is searching for a dedicated, caring, intelligent immigration attorney."
Immigration Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"In my experience having worked with W. John Vandenberg for seven years in a variety of settings, I can say that there are few immigration attorneys working today with his uncommon and sterling blend of intelligence, practicality, compassion, creativity, and absolute integrity."
Immigration Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Many of my client are immigrants but I practice criminal law and personal injury law not immigration so I frequently seek John's advise on my client's behalf. He is is extremely knowledgable regarding all aspects of immigration law. Moreover, if he does not know the answer he will do the research and get the answer. He is incredibly dedicated and attentive to his clients, some of them referred to him by me. Most importanly, he is a caring and compassionate person which is essential for someone practicing immigration law. If I refer him a client he never asks about their ability to pay. He is interested in the client's immigration problem and not what they can afford to pay. I endorse him without reservation. In my opinion John is one of the best immigration attorneys in the region."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John Vandenberg is a fabulous lawyer and a great person. Anyone who has him as a lawyer is extremely lucky. I recommend him to anyone needing an immigration lawyer."
Immigration Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known John in a professional capacity since 2002. I have opposed him in court and worked together with him in a number of endeavors. He is a consummate professional, very knowledgeable, skilled and a zealous advocate for his clients. Other attorneys often ask for his opinion and guidance."
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Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer William John Vandenberg
William John Vandenberg
Immigration Attorney
Philadelphia, PA
Licensed for 21 years