Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1976
  • University of New Mexico, B.A. English and Education, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico

Court Admissions

  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Christian Legal Society

Founding Partner

James V. Noble Jr.

Jim Noble is the founding partner of the firm and is based in our Santa Fe office. He represents individuals, families and businesses in family and business visa petitions, consular processing, green card applications, waivers, naturalization and citizenship, removal of conditions and green card renewals, H-1B visas, PERM applications, and other immigration matters. Mr. Noble is proficient in Spanish.

Mr. Noble attended Wabash College and the University of New Mexico in his undergraduate work, receiving his Bachelor's degree in English and Education in 1971. He went on to be a teacher for several years in Santa Fe, before entering law school in 1976. He graduated from UNM with his JD in 1979 and then Clerked for the New Mexico Supreme Court. In 1991, he opened his own practice, which developed into Noble Vrapi. He served as a legal adviser to the Albanian government between 1992 and 1999, in helping develop its legal system. In 1999, he returned to the US to resume his law practice. He is a member of the American Immigraion Lawyers Association and has been a speaker at numerous conferences.

Mr. Noble became interested in immigration while working in Albania, where a number of people sought his help in immigration to the US. Upon his return to the US, he recognized the great need of the immigrant community in obtaining the opportunity to live and work in the US, and began his immigration practice at that time. He has been involved in outreach to people in other countries since the 1980s, and has developed a passion for helping the poor, the orphans, and less fortunate over the past 30 years.

Education

  • University of New Mexico School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1976
  • University of New Mexico, B.A. English and Education, 1979

Bar Admissions

  • New Mexico

Court Admissions

  • New Mexico Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court of New Mexico
  • 10th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Memberships

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Christian Legal Society

Learn more about Jim

Outside of work at the firm, Mr. Noble is the Missions Pastor of a local church. He is also the President of Casa de Amor para Niños, an orphanage in Palomas, Mexico, and he oversees a large student scholarship program there. He and his wife Pat are the adoptive parents of two wonderful daughters born in Mexico, and they also have two sons, both of whom are professionals. He and Pat recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He runs a cattle ranch on the weekends and enjoys bicycling and fishing.

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