Managing Director of Fakhoury Global Immigration, USA
Rami D. Fakhoury is the founder and Managing Director of Fakhoury Global Immigration, USA PC (FGI), one of the largest independently owned business-based immigration law firms in the United States and a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated firm. FGI embodies Rami’s life-long belief in the vital contributions that immigrants make to America’s economy and society, advances his goal of helping businesses and organizations to meet their talent mobility needs, and assists talented and ambitious individuals in realizing their career aspirations.
“Every wave of immigrants has brought many talents, skills, and aspirations to this country,” he says, “making the United States the world’s leader in business, technology, and innovation. My goal in starting this firm in 1997 was to help American companies grow and prosper by bringing in hard-working and talented employees from all over the world and to give them the chance to fulfill their dreams. It is still our firm’s guiding principle. Seeing that I started out with just a desk and a computer and a handful of case files, our dramatic growth shows not only that immigration continues to be vital to the economic future of our nation and the world, but that many companies have found our methods ideal to satisfying their talent mobility needs.”
Rami’s publications comprise several immigration law books including, as editor, The Consular Posts Book, 2015-2016 ed. (ILW.com: 2016) and USCIS Immigration Procedures and US State Department Consular Processes (ILW.com: 2009); and, as author, The Immigration Practitioner’s Guide to U.S. Export Control Regulations (ILW.com: 2011) and The PERM Book, 3rd ed. (ILW.com, 2018). He has also written a regular column on global IT and US immigration law for the Financial Times of India, authored numerous policy articles and white papers, contributed articles to Lexology, Mondaq, and Crain’s Detroit Business, among others, and is a frequent presenter at immigration and trade group conferences. Rami has organized informational sessions and webinars for businesses, universities, and other stakeholders worldwide, and has presented to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on several occasions.
Rami has received numerous commendations as an immigration thought leader. These include being named a Fellow of the American Bar Association, a Leading Lawyer and Equity Member of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), a Global Immigration Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal – Corporate Immigration, an Advisory Board Member for Leading Lawyers, an America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 1% from the American Registry, a Top Business Attorney from Crain’s Detroit Business, Top Lawyer from DBusiness and Hour Detroit magazines, Super Lawyers, the Global Detroit Champion Award (2016), and as Immigration Attorney of the Year from Detroit Lawyer Monthly (2011).
Rami is also affiliated with the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL), the State Bar of Michigan (International Law Section), the Immigration Law Committee of the International Business Association, the Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Center of International Legal Studies in Salzburg, Austria. He has served on the CEO Panel of Michigan Auto – Detroit Regional Chamber. Rami is also a member of the Steering Committee for Global Michigan. Currently, he serves on the board of Global Detroit, a southeast Michigan economic development organization focused on immigrant inclusion. He is a VIP Member of the Detroit Economic Club and a member of the Detroit Chapters of the Lebanese American Chamber of Commerce, the French-American Chamber of Commerce, and the British-American Business Council. Rami was an immigration policy advisor to former Michigan governor Rick Snyder and served as one of thirty managers for the Michigan for Biden campaign.
A Detroit native, Rami earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University and his J.D., cum laude, from Michigan State University, with a specialization in international law. In addition, he is a Licensed Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of Ontario, Canada. He enjoys travel, squash, hiking, reading, attending concerts, and spending time with his wife and three children.