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Prakash Khatri

Prakash  Khatri

9th Floor
1776 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20006
United States

Telephone: 202-470-0431
Facsimile: 202-595-7045
Firm: Khatri Law Firm
Practice Overview:
All areas of Immigration Law including temporary work and visitor visas, trainees, crewmen, permanent residence (green cards), naturalization, business visas, intra-company transfers, treaty investors, treaty traders, asylum, security check issues, port of entry, deportation and removal issues.

District of Columbia
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Virgin Islands
West Virginia

Professional Profile:
Prakash Khatri is recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Indian-Americans” by India Abroad in 2007, Khatri is a renowned specialist and public speaker on immigration law and related matters.

He has provided expert commentary on immigration issues for television and radio programs and has shared his insights at countless immigration conferences, seminars and debates.

From July 2003 until March 2008, Khatri served as the nation’s first
Ombudsman for Citizenship and Immigration Services in the newly formed
Department of Homeland Security. Khatri managed the growth of this
independent office from a one-person entity to a professional team of more
than two dozen professionals and administrative staff.

As CIS Ombudsman and a recognized expert on immigration matters, Khatri provided senior executive leadership, vision, and direction to policy makers in several cabinet-level agencies. An immigrant himself, Khatri was regularly consulted for advice by policymakers in the Departments of Homeland
Security, State, Labor and Justice, the Office of Management and Budget, and
the White House on immigration-related matters.

During his nearly five years with the Department of Homeland Security, Khatri developed and delivered numerous recommendations to the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for changes to the immigration benefits process. Khatri based his proposals on input collected from USCIS workers throughout the world, visits to U.S. border posts and airports, meetings with Homeland Security immigration officials, and consultations with thousands of individuals, Fortune 500 corporation and other employer representatives, lawyers, professional organizations and community-based organizations across the country.

In his work on departmental immigration reform initiatives, Khatri devoted himself to identifying solutions that would improve the delivery of services to immigrants, eliminate wasteful processes, and enhance the security of the homeland.

Before being appointed Ombudsman by then-DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, Prakash Khatri managed the Immigration Compliance Department for Walt Disney World Co. in Lake Buena Vista, Florida from 1998 to 2003. At Disney, Khatri managed a team of professionals that provided technical immigration advice to the Walt Disney World Resort as well as numerous other Walt Disney Company subsidiaries and affiliates.

During his years with Walt Disney World Co., Khatri implemented several new automated technology systems that enhanced the corporation’s
efficiency in processing large volumes of visas for the hundreds of foreign workers it hired each year. Khatri’s innovative solutions also ensured that
international employees worked only in areas authorized by their specific

Khatri provided Disney with both reactive and pro-active strategic planning for major events involving large numbers of international employees and guests. During the Millennium celebrations, Khatri coordinated the preparation of hundreds of entertainment-related visas for Walt Disney
Entertainment employees and third-party groups.

Before arriving at Disney, Khatri practiced law for 14 years, specializing inimmigration issues.

In 1984, at the age of 22, Khatri became the youngest attorney admitted to the Florida Bar. He began his legal career working for personal injury attorneys. In the aftermath of the Union Carbide gas explosion, he
subsequently was sent to Bhopal, India where he developed and coordinated case files of more than 500 injured clients for the firm.

Khatri has held leadership positions on many boards and professional
committees and has received various honors, including:

• Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers, 2007.

• 2007 Distinguished Alumnus Award by Stetson University College of Law.

• Former Chairman of the Immigration Committee of the Orange County Bar Association.

• Former President, American Immigration Lawyers Association,

• Central Florida Chapter.Past President of the Asian-Pacific American Heritage

• Council of Central Florida, Inc.

• Vice President of Association of American Lawyers from the Indian
Sub-Continent, Inc.

Mr. Khatri is a graduate of Stetson University and Stetson College of Law in Florida. He is a member of the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar. He is admitted to practice before the following courts:

• United States Supreme Court

• Florida Supreme Court

• District of Columbia Court of Appeals

• U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit All local and State Courts in the State of Florida

• Board of Immigration Appeals

• Executive Office for Immigration Review (Immigration Judge Proceedings)

UndergraduateStetson UniversityS.A. Political Science1981
LawStetson College of LawJ.D.1983

Affiliations & Memberships:
The Florida Bar –At age 22, recognized as the youngest attorney in the State of Florida admitted to the Florida Bar in 1984.

District of Columbia Bar.

Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Admitted to practice before the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

1995 to 2005 -- Florida Bar Board-Certified Immigration and Nationality Attorney –Among the first 35 members of the Florida Bar who passed the Immigration and Nationality Board Certification examination.

Served as a member of the Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Board Certification Committee responsible for admitting new Board Certified Immigration lawyers. In this capacity, I wrote and graded Board Certification exams during my five year tenure from 1997 to 2002.

American Bar Association.

American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Federal Bar Association.

Asian Pacific American Bar Assn.-- DC Chapter.

South Asian Bar Association - DC Chapter.