William John Vandenberg

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

Hogan & Vandenberg LLC
 | 1608 Walnut St, Suite 1301
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 610-664-6271
Fax: 215-701-4558
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Consumer (50%),
  • Immigration: Business (50%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Portuguese,
  • Arabic
Attorney Profile

Attorney William John Yahya Vandenberg is co-founder of the immigration law firm Hogan & Vandenberg LLC, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Vandenberg has extensive business immigration experience, and he focuses part of his immigration practice on immigration litigation, including deportation defense and federal appellate litigation.

Mr. Vandenberg has briefed and argued before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 3rd, and 11th  Circuits, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and U.S. Immigration Courts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. He has successfully fought deportation on behalf of many clients, obtaining bonds for detained clients and ultimately obtaining relief from deportation based on family ties, employment or asylum. Mr. Vandenberg also has extensive experience helping clients file applications with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, "INS") and the U.S. Department of State. He has also worked with U.S. consulates and embassies to assist clients overseas.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Immigration (50%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Immigration (50%): Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship

Focus Areas

Asylum, Naturalization & Citizenship


Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2012

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About William Vandenberg

Admitted: 2002, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.hvimmigrationlaw.com/Bio/WilliamVandenberg.asp


  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2015
  • Won, Villanova Law School Client Counseling Competition
  • Recipient, Brenda Joan Ruggiero Scholarship, 2001-2002
  • Best Immigration Attorney on the Main Line, Main Line Today Magazine, 2007, Main Line Attorneys, Main Line Today Magazine, 2007
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • President, International Law Society from 2000-2001
  • Represented Villanova at the Regional Level
  • Faculty Recognition Award, for his Contributions to the Law School
  • Top Lawyer in Immigration, Main Line Today, 2012
  • Co-Founder, The Islamic Law Forum
  • Received, Global Democracy Project/Project Bosnia Study Grant
  • Recipient, Matthew Baxter Mentorship Award in recognition of his outstanding mentorship to the Philadelphia Chapter of AILA, 2012
  • Super Lawyer Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Court of Appeal for the 8th Circuit., 2015
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Chair, Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), 2017
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)  Philadelphia Chapter
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Member, National Association of Muslim Lawyers
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Summer Adjunct Lecturer, Villanova University School of Law CARES (Clinic for Asylum, Refugee, and Emigrant Services) Clinic., 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, USCIS Liaison Committee
  • Chair, Executive Committee of Philadelphia AILA, 2017-2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • 5th Annual Haitian Health Festival in Philadelphia: Provided packets in English and French with information about Haiti TPS and answered immigration law questions for attendees., 2010
  • Mentor Attorney, National Citizenship Day.  Mentored pro bono attorney taking their first naturalization client. , 2015
  • Community Outreach booth at the "Vive tu Vida!" Event.  Assisted community members with immigration support at this annual event for the Hispanic Community in Chester County. , 2014
  • Immigration Law speaker for the FunTimes Magazine "Knowledge is Power" Lecture Series.  Fun Times Magazine is a general interest magazine for the African and African diaspora community. Gave presentations at the Mount Zion United African Church, Philadelphia, PA, St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Church, and Masjid Ahlus Sunna wal Jamaah Community Center, all in Philadelphia., 2010

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • One of 3 panelists discussing solutions for lawyers whose clients have national security issues to be resolved. Co-author of accompanying article. , Speaker, Handling a Load of CARRP: Immigration & National Security, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2015 AILA National Conference, 2015
  • Served as one of three panelists providing information on preparing an appeal to the Board of Immigration Appeals and the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal, Panelist, Becoming an Appellate Ninja - An Overview of How to Approach an Immigration Appeal and Legal Strategies for Success, American Immigration Council/American Immigration Lawyers Association, Legal Community In Philadelphia, 2019
  • Panelists will provide an introductory overview of the adjustment of status process. They also will discuss initial requirements for adjustment applications, the various forms and documents needed, and red-flag issues that could potentially complicate the process., Panelist, The Basics of Adjustment of Status, American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA Is The Largest Organization Serving Immigration Lawyers In The United States, 2017
  • Discussion Leader and Panelist for presentation to assist attorneys who have not previously practiced in district court become familiar with common procedures and the type of relief that may be sought. They also will cover the nuts and bolts of filing habeas petitions, as well as the limits of federal court jurisdiction in different circuits., Discussion Leader and Panelist, Federal District Court: Can I Practice There, and What Relief Can Be Sought?, American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference, AILA Is The Largest Organization Serving Immigration Lawyers In The United States., 2018
  • Effectively Dealing with ICE: Anatomy of Removal Proceedings & Overview of Key Defenses, Annual Conference, 2011
  • Family Based Oddities (VAWA, Special Rule Cancellation, U visas for Domestic Violence, Non-traditional marriages and divorces in the adjustment context, marriages in removal proceedings), Issues in Family-based Immigration Law, AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual Conference, 2010
  • "Consular Processing for Employers Seeking Foreign Employees", Employment Law Update (Aspen Publishers), 2005
  • Chosen by AILA National to present non-immigrant visa options for attorneys new to the field of immigration law.  , Speaker, Non-Immigrant Visa Options, American Immigration Lawyers Association, AILA 2015 Fundamentals Conference, 2015
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies, Spring 2012
  • Legal Issues Confronting Muslim Americans, Third Annual Muslim Law Career Conference, 2009
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Muslim Associate of Lehigh Valley, 2007
  • Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Know Your Rights for Immigrants, Islamic Society of Greater Valley Forge, 2007
  • Conference: Immigration Law Forum, Defensive Applications in Immigration Court, 2012
  • Conference: AILA Philadelphia Chapter Annual CLE Conference, The Ethics of Fees: Referral Fees, Fee Splitting, and IOLTA Refresher, 2012
  • We advised attorneys how to avoid malpractice in immigration law, and how to mitigate consequences to the client and the bar if they did make an error.  We also set out the practice steps to reopening an immigration case where the previous attorney had committed error which prejudiced the immigrant. , Panelist and Discussion Leader, Lozada Claims & Ethics - Everybody Wins: How to Effectively and Professionally Use Lozada, American Immigration Lawyers Association - Philadelphia Chapter, 2013
  • Presented a review of ineffective assistance of counsel cases and how to ethically file a complaint, if necessary, and a motion to reopen., Panelist, "Staying Alive" - Ethics for Immigration Practitioners, AILA DC Chapter Faill 2013 Immigration Law Conference, AILA DC Chapter, 2013
  • Served as an expert for the topic, particularly on eligibility for adjustment of status and advance parole for immigrants holding TPS status.    , Speaker, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), AILA, 2014
  • Key speaker for workshop presentation on preparation and filing of I-601 Waivers.  This presentation covered fact-finding methods, relevants cases and regulationsa, and preparing a persuasive application tailored for the agency. , Guest Speaker, "How to Prepare Form I-601 Waivers: A Presentation for New Practitioners and Accredited Representatives", Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, Immigration, 2014
  • Co-authored article on advanced issues in Temporary Protected Status for the AILA's "Immigration Practice Pointers, Tips for Handling Complex Cases."  , Author & Speaker, "Important TPS Issues You Did Not Have Time to Research", American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"), Immigration, 2014
  • Presented R-1 Visa Practice Pointers and sample documents to local immigration bar., Speaker, R-1 Religious Workers, AILA Philadelphia Chapter, 2014
  • Authored article on H-1B visa checklists and preparation.  Presented on addressing pitfalls in Business Immigration context. , Speaker, Avoiding Pitfalls in Business Visas: , AILA DC Chapter, 2015

Representative Clients:

  • Fiadjoe v. Ashcroft, 411 F.3d 135 (3d Cir.), 2005
  • Torres v. Attorney General USA, Oct 16, 2009
  • Thu v. Attorney General USA, 510 F.3d 405 (3d Cir.), 2007
  • Shah v. Gonzales, 446 F.3d 429 (3d Cir.), 2006
  • "Ay v. Holder," Docket #11-2102-ag, 2nd Circuit, 2014.  For the first time, the Second Circuit recognized what other Circuit Courts previously failed to appreciate: that even though a waiver exists for individuals who provided material support under duress, there is no application process for duress waivers and hardly any transparency about the terrorism bars and the process for adjudicating waivers.  The case was remanded to the Board of Immigration Appeals.   , 2014


  • Primary author of blog, "Immigration Law Monitor," exploring issues in immigration law for immigrants, their families, and employers., Immigration Law Monitor, Immigration Law Monitor
  • Monthly newsletter setting out immigration topics of interests for clients and persons interested in immigrants and immigration law., Hogan & Vandenberg Newsletter

Educational Background:

  • American Immigration Council/American Immigration Lawyers Association in Litigation Institute, 2010
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas, B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Language, History and Culture of the Middle East, with Departmental Honors, 1996
  • Villanova University School of Law, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2002

Industry Groups

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Office Location for William John Vandenberg

1608 Walnut St
Suite 1301
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 610-664-6271

Fax: 215-701-4558

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Last Updated: 4/19/2019

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