Meet Our Immigration Team

our-immigration-attorneyFranchesco Donovan Fickey Martinez is an Immigration Attorney and owner of his own immigration law firm. Franchesco grew up in Onslow County, North Carolina. In North Carolina, Franchesco has lived in Hubert, Stella, Jacksonville, Wilmington, Clayton, Greenville, and Charlotte.

Franchesco first experienced the immigration process when he married his wife, who is from the Philippines. His wife was a J-1 Visa Holder and an exchange teacher in Onslow County Public Schools. Franchesco saw the process from start to finish, and realized the complexities of immigration. He personally experienced the stress, the worries, the numerous immigration forms, and the immigration interview, which he sat next to his lovely wife.

In 2015, Franchesco opened his own practice, calling it Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. Now, he serves Eastern North Carolina in their immigration needs.

EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Having attended school between 2008 and 2011, Franchesco graduated Cum Laude from Campbell University with the following degrees:

  • Bachelors of Science in Government
  • Bachelors of Art in Spanish

Pursuing his life-long love of learning, he then went on to obtain a certificate in Conflict Management and Resolution while attending graduate school at UNCW between 2012 and 2013.

Beginning in 2013, Franchesco pursued his Juris Doctorate at The University of Dayton School of Law. He is proud to have served as a staff writer for the school’s law review journal and he devoted his seminar to Mediation. In 2015, his efforts were rewarded with his Juris Doctorate.

Immigration experience

Our firm has handled many kinds of immigration cases, with our most prominent being the Green Card Adjustment of Status. We have clients throughout Eastern NC, and even in states such as New York and California. As an Immigration Attorney, we can help immigration clients in any state.

Being a Military Town, Jacksonville has shown us the challenges that active-duty deployment and change of station have on an immigrant’s process. An expected 5-month process may turn into a 2-year process with PCS Orders. Regardless of your time with us, our practice is to keep a close eye on each client’s filing. If we see issues or expect issues, we keep our clients informed and we “iron out any wrinkles.” “Immigration hiccups” are common and we have a lot of experience fixing complications that arise from both enlisted and civilian clients.

We learned a lot from serving the military members of Camp Lejeune. With that knowledge, we expanded our office to better serve the service members of Cherry Point Air Station in Havelock, NC and the service members of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC.

Since our beginning, we have sought better ways to serve our clients. To relieve travel time, our Office has opened satellite offices in Morehead City, Fayetteville, and Greenville, NC. Now, our clients have more opportunities to meet our Immigration Lawyer in person versus over the phone, through video calls, or after commuting 1 to 3 hours.

OUR STAFF

Charlene Pia Enolpedsc_0757
Position: Billing Manager
Languages: English, Tagalog, Cebuano
Locations: Greenville
With Firm:
 Since 2015
Email: billing@fickeymartinezlaw.com

Education:
Bachelor of Elementary Education, Master of Education concentrating in Special Education, and currently pursuing Bachelor of Science in Biology at East Carolina University.

Biography:
I was born in Cebu, Philippines. I arrived in the United States as a J-Visa Holder in 2012. I met my husband in 2013, married in 2014, and adjusted my immigration status to a Lawful Permanent Resident. As an immigrant and a Green Card Holder, I can easily relate to many immigration clients. I know of the stress and worries that many immigrants experience in the Green Card application and interview process. I use my immigration experience to make clients more comfortable and prepared for their immigration process.

 

Giommar Katanya Sanchez
Position: Immigration Paralegal
Languages: English, Spanish
Locations: Jacksonville
With Firm:
 Since 2017
Email: paralegal@fickeymartinezlaw.com

Education:
Associates in Paralegal Technology

Biography:
I was born in Queens, New York; however, my family originated from Guayaquil and Quito Ecuador. My family moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina shortly after I was born. Growing up in a bilingual household has allowed me to be skilled in speaking, reading, and writing in both Spanish and English. I received my Associate Degree in Paralegal technology in May of 2016. 

Heiri Michelle Salazar
Position:
 Immigration Legal Assistant
Languages: English, Spanish
Locations: Jacksonville
With Firm:
 Since 2017
Email: staff@fickeymartinezlaw.com

Education:
Associates in Arts from Coastal Carolina Community College

Biography:
I was born and raised in Long Beach, California. I attended California State University Long Beach until May 2015 before I moved to North Carolina due to my husband’s military obligations. I continued my education at Coastal Carolina Community College and earned my Associates in Arts Degree in 2016.

Rafaella Xavier Nero
Position:
 Immigration Legal Assistant
Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Locations: Jacksonville
With Firm:
 Since 2018
Email: assistant@fickeymartinezlaw.com

Education:
Bachelors in Tourism from the Instituto de Educação Superior de Brasília (IESB)

Biography:
I was born in Brasília, Brazil and received my bachelor’s degree in Tourism in 2010. After working for the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, I moved to Jacksonville, NC in 2017 to be with my husband who is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River.

 

SERVICE AREAS

Fickey Martinez Law, P.L.L.C. proudly serves the following North Carolina cities: Beaufort, Beulaville, Burgaw, Chinquapin, Elizabethtown, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Greenville, Havelock, Hubert, Jacksonville, Kenansville, Kinston, Lumberton, Magnolia, Maysville, Morehead City, Mount Olive, New Bern, Pink Hill, Raleigh, Richlands, Rose Hill, Seven Springs, Surf City, Swansboro, Trenton, Topsail Beach, Wallace, Warsaw, Whiteville, Wilmington, the surrounding counties: Onslow County, Pender County, Carteret County, Duplin County, Jones County, Lenoir County, Craven County and Carteret County, and the armed forces of: Camp Lejeune, MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS New River, and Fort Bragg.