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undefinedJoanne M. Fakhre

An Immigrant Working on Your Immigration Needs™

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 U.S. 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 am a two-time immigrant. I was born in Lebanon and grew up on the tiny Caribbean island of Grenada. In fact, before becoming a Grenadian citizen, I was naturalized as a British Citizen. When Grenada gained its independence from Britain, I became a Grenadian citizen. After graduating high school in Grenada, I migrated to the United States. This had been my dream growing up.

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.

Immigration Background

I entered the United States on an F-1 Student visa. After completing my studies, I applied for Optional Practical Training (OPT), and my employer at the time then sponsored me for the H-1B non-immigrant work visa for six years. The company later 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 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (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 proudly became a United States Citizen. It was a long and tedious process but well worth the wait. For me, there is nothing more beautiful than pledging allegiance to the United States, or attending a naturalization ceremony and seeing my clients sworn in as United States Citizens.

Personal Background

The oldest of five, I am well-traveled and enjoy politics and world affairs. I have lobbied at the United Nations, Department of State, and Department of Defense on issues surrounding the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon. I am passionate about my work and enjoy meeting and working with each of my clients.

Education

  • University of North Florida
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, minor Biology
    Master of Science in Criminal Justice, emphasis on counseling
  • Florida Coastal School of Law
    Juris Doctor, cum laude honors

Awards

  • Leaders in the Law Award from Florida Association of Women Lawyers (2016)

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Central Florida Chapter of AILA, past Board member 2017-2018 and Regional Vice Chair, Jacksonville, Florida 2018-2019
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Jacksonville Women's Lawyers Association, Past President (2015-2016)
  • NorthEast Florida Women Veterans, Board Member 2017-2019
  • The Navy League of the United States, Jacksonville Chapter
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Community Service

  • Principal Speaker at the Naturalization Ceremony, April 26, 2018, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Pro bono work with the Jacksonville Legal Aid, her church, and clients in need
  • Guest Speaker on Immigration Law at conferences and seminars

Languages

  • English
  • Arabic (Spoken)

An Immigrant Meeting Your Immigration Needs

To adequately practice law, especially immigration 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 through my firm. 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. I aim to provide my clients with the highest quality of service, honesty, dedication, and zealous representation.

To learn more about how the Law Office of Joanne M. Fakhre can help you, call (904) 447-1937 today and schedule your consultation.

Dedicated Legal Representation

Our Commitment to You
  • Customized Approach to Every Immigration Case

  • An Attorney Who Understands the Immigrant Experience

  • Compassionate & Understanding Representation

  • Continuous & Prompt Updates on Your Case

  • Strong Testimonials from Previous Clients

  • Personal & Professional Interaction with Clients

  • Selective Case Process for Sufficient Attention

  • Direct Attorney Access throughout Your Case

Client Testimonials

The Opinions that Matter Most
  • “There are many others who will make errors in your cases, but she is really different. ”

    MH&NAJ
  • “If you are looking for the top attorney, you have come to the good address.”

    Talal G.
  • “I won't forget what she did for me because I can live in United State without any problem as a resident and apply to join a school and build my life her”

    Ahmed
  • “Above and beyond!”

    Anwar S.
  • “I trust her implicitly.”

    Jacqueline G.
  • “She is honest, understanding and compassionate.”

    Lisa Y.
  • “I don't believe I could have made a better decision when I chose Joanne M. Fakhre to guide me through this difficult process.”

    Pasquale M.
  • “I became a proud US citizen without any challenges due to all the help and guidance I received from Joanne.”

    Shakti
  • “I am very happy for this successful outcome and I will highly recommend your immigration services to any friend or family member that needs it.”

    Praseena

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  • Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar Seal
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Lawyer of the Year 2016 - Florida Association for Women Lawyers
  • The Navy League of the United States
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of St. Augustine