Prakash Khatri, is the Chief Executive Officer of Khatri Law Firm, LLC.
Recognized as one of the “50 Most Influential Indian-Americans” by India Abroad in 2007, Khatri is a renowned expert 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 visa. Khatri has held leadership positions on many boards and professional committees and has received various honors, including:
Federal Bar Association, District of Columbia Chapter, Board of Directors
Federal Bar Association, Immigration Law Section, Board of Directors
Stetson University College of Law Board of Overseers, 2007- 2014.
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 District of Columbia, Florida and Maryland Bar.
He is admitted to practice before the following courts:
United States Supreme Court
Florida Supreme Court
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
Maryland 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)