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|Prakash Khatri, is the Chief Executive Officer of Khatri Law Firm.|
|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
|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 in
|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:
|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: