Biography

James D. Prappas has a broad practice in a diverse range of immigration matters and has advised clients on strategic immigration planning and related transactional matters. He has extensive experience in nonimmigrant visas (B, E-1/E-2/E-3, H-1B, H1B1, L, O, P, R and TN) including the international transfer of key personnel, employment and family based immigration, worksite enforcement and I-9 matters, naturalization and derivative citizenship.  He has over 29 years’ experience representing Fortune 500, middle market and emerging companies in U.S. immigration matters in divergent sectors including energy, manufacturing and services.

Practice Expertise

James helps clients with employment and family based immigration strategies and solutions.

  • Transfer of key personnel for temporary assignment on E-1, E-2, E-3, H-1B, H1B1, L-1, O, P, and TN visas.
  • Develop and implement strategy for “green cards” with EB-1, EB-2 an EB-3 petitions.
  • Coordinate with and develop integrated solutions for nonimmigrant and permanent/ “green card” and U.S. citizenship to maximize wealth planning objectives.

Career Highlights

Spotlight

Successful E-1 applications for manufacturers and service providers and E-2 applications for real estate and agricultural investors to permit the growth and expansion of their U.S. businesses.

  • Extensive track-record filing E-1 Treaty Trader and E-2 Treaty Investor cases for start-up and existing entities.
  • Significant expertise concerning O-1 visas for athletes, artists and business persons.
  • Extensive background and experience concerning family based immigration petitions.
  • Substantial experience concerning derivative citizenship and complex naturalization petitions.
  • Expertise concerning individual L-1 and L-1 blanket petitions for start-up and existing businesses.
  • Extensive experience concerning H-1B petitions and overcoming RFEs.
  • Developing the strategy and implementing an integrated solution to permit businesses to obtain nonimmigrant visas and lawful permanent residence aka “green cards” for employees through EB1, EB2 and EB3 options

Community

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Board Certified Immigration and Nationality Law,  1993
  • British-American Business Council Houston, Board Member
  • Netherlands America Chamber of Commerce – Texas Chapter, Board Member
  • The Parish School
    • Board Member
    • Corporate Secretary
  • Consulate General of Mexico in Houston, Honorary legal counsel

 

News & Events

  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2016 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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  • Events

    James Prappas Moderates Business Immigration Panel at State Bar Course on Advanced Immigration Law

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2015 Chambers-Ranked Partners and Practice Groups

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    James Prappas Speaks on Immigration and Rob Harlow Speaks on Legal Issues Involved in Real Property Purchases by Foreign Buyers

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    James Prappas Speaks at Advanced Immigration Law Seminar

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    Obtaining Ancillary Benefits

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  • Press release

    James Prappas and John Stephenson Speak at NOF Energy Event

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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    Willie Hornberger and James Prappas Speak at International Tax Forum

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    Scott Cheskiewicz Speaks at the 2014 Texas Hedge Fund Conference

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    James Prappas Speaks on Immigration Law

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    Jackson Walker attorneys selected for 2014 The Best Lawyers in America

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2014

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    Jackson Walker Doubles Down on Data Center Services

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  • Events

    Willie Hornberger and James Prappas Speak on International Taxation and U.S. Immigration

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  • Publication

    Temporary Non-Immigration Visas: Beyond the Basics

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    James Prappas Speaks at 12th Annual Advanced Immigration Law Course

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    Selective Overview of U.S. Immigration Law Issues

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    James Prappas Speaks on U.S. Immigration Law

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    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2013

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