Winston Churchill once said, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." I truly believe this to be true. As an immigrant, having personally gone through the immigration process, I understand firsthand the workings of the immigration system, and the needs of my immigration clients.
My Journey to the United States
I was born in Lebanon, and grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. I migrated to the United States after graduating high school. I have been fortunate to have been exposed to different cultures, peoples, and ways of lives - an education within itself. I come from a long line of immigrants. My parents emigrated from Lebanon to Grenada, and later my siblings and I immigrated to the United States to pursue our dreams.
• The Florida Bar
• Better Business Bureau (BBB)
• Eleventh Circuit
• United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
• American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
• Central Florida Chapter of AILA
• Jacksonville Bar Association
• Jacksonville Women's Lawyers Association
• St. Marons, Maronite Catholic Church
After graduating high school in Grenada, I entered the United States on an F-1 student visa to attend the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Florida. I graduated from UNF with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. I then attended Florida Coastal School of Law graduating with Honors.
After completing my studies, I changed my immigration status from an F-1 student visa to Optional Practical Training (OPT), then to an H-1B non-immigrant work visa for six years. The company I worked for at the time applied for my lawful permanent residence status (Green Card). They first filed a labor certification with the Department of Labor, and when that was certified, they filed Form I-140 Immigrant Petition with USCIS, which allowed me to file Form I-485 for my adjustment of status application with USCIS. I remember being so excited when my legal permanent residence was approved. Then, on January 12, 2010, I finally became a United States Citizen. It was a long tedious process, but well worth the wait.
The oldest of five, I am well-traveled, enjoy politics, and world affairs, and have lobbied at the United Nations, Department of State, and Department of Defense on issues surrounding the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon.
Education and Credentials
University of North Florida
• Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor Biology, 1992
• Master of Science in Criminal Justice, emphasis on counseling, 1995
Florida Coastal School of Law
• Juris Doctor, cum laude honors, 1999
• Fluent in spoken Arabic
What My Clients Can Expect: An Immigrant Meeting Your Immigration Needs
To adequately practice law, one cannot forget the human aspect of it. My clients can expect promptness, understanding, determination and a commitment to excellence in the services I provide.
I treat each individual's case as though it was my own or a family member’s. Having gone through the immigration process myself, I understand that dealing with immigration can be intimidating, confusing and frustrating.
Therefore, I thoroughly prepare my clients throughout each step of the process, addressing their needs with professionalism and high ethical standards.
My clients can expect the highest quality of service, honesty, dedication, and zealous representation.
About Joanne M. Fakhre, PA
Joanne M. Fakhre, PA, understands that your immigration needs are of primary importance to you and I am committed to providing ethical and professional, cost effective, and high quality legal services to each of my clients.
Your Situation is Unique! I strive to understand your individual needs, recognizing that each person has different goals.
My process includes:
- Consultation: Comprehensive Attorney Review of Your Case
- Detailed Assessment of your Options
- Advise You on the Best Options and Solutions
- Explain law as it pertains to your case
- Work With You on Realistically Achieving Your Goals
Direct Attorney Access
My clients can rest assured that they will be working directly with the attorney and will have easy access to communicate directly with the attorney when necessary. I will review each case in detail and provide clients with several options/solutions to accomplish their goals and objectives while complying with the immigration regulations.
Selective Case Process
I will not assist anyone in perpetrating immigration fraud. This is both illegal and unethical and comes with severe criminal and civil penalties, both for the United States Citizen and the foreign national.
Honesty and Experience
Honesty, experience, understanding, personal and professional interaction with my clients sets Joanne M. Fakhre, PA apart. I have an open communication and hands-on interaction with all of my clients, providing them with continuous updates on their case, and easy access to their lawyer. I will work tirelessly to ensure that the rights of my clients are protected, and to ensure that each case is thoroughly prepared.
Joanne, It was a true blessing making contact with you. You listened to my concern and needs and figured out the best solution which I can't thank you enough for. If you are seeking professional legal help, please do not hesitate to give Joanne a call. She is the most patient person in the world and makes you feel comfortable at each and every step of the way. Thanks again.
Best immigration attorney in town, Been very helpful and have the knowledge and a really fantastic experience with immigration laws, helped me a lot with my petition and provided me with a service that was beyond my expectation, intelligent and know what she is doing. I recommend her to anyone that asks me for a good immigration attorney.
One of the best immigration attorneies in Jacksonville , very understanding ,know her work, organized ,strong personality , intelligent , Work with the clients , best and smoothest experience.. I would recommend her to all my friends and family
This report not about my experience with this Lawyer, I don't know her yet, but I'm looking for an immigrant lawyer to help my niece ( she's a Doctor working in Kuwait ) So I'm reading a lot of immigration firms and reviews in Florida before chosen one . I immigrate to US 29 years go, being involved with a lot of immigration Lawyers to help my family and friends for complete there immigration statutes, give good experiences studying the Lawyer profile before hiring. I read every word being written about many Immigration lawyers in Florid for the last 30 days. This the ONLY ONE get my highest score to be The one I recommending for any immigrant from any where coming to US, - very strong confederate Represintative . - Highly Educated with Knoledges. - started as an immigrant from A to Z. - Speaking many langueges for greater understanding without translator. - Above all I can feel She's very Honest and smart person, from the path of immigration history she have. (I'm in my way now to hire her for my niece cas as soon as I finish this review ).
Immigration lawyer with a big heart
Ms. Fakhre is a lawyer with a big heart and very friendly. She makes you feel at ease even if it's a stressful situation. I was grateful to how quickly she completed my case successfully. I would recommend her as an immigration lawyer every time I get a chance. She is simply the best.
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