Joy Ang-Pinlac

Senior Supervising Attorney, Pearl Law Group

Joy joined Pearl Law Group in 2019 and brings with her over 15 years of U.S. immigration experience. Joy’s unique background encompasses an impressive range of diverse experience. She has worked at both large corporate immigration firms and smaller boutique full-service immigration firms specializing in employment-based and family-based immigration matters. Joy has managed accounts for multinational corporations including start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, specifically in the high-tech industry. Joy’s breadth and depth of knowledge allows her to provide strategic counsel on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa matters. She also advises corporate clients on complex immigration issues and developing compliant immigration programs.

While in law school at Penn State, Joy was an extern for the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center and earned the Cumberland County Legal Services and Miller Center Pro Bono Award for her work with detainees and juveniles at local prisons.  Joy is well respected by her peers and throughout the industry, as reflected by her various AILA liaison positions, including  the AILA NSC Liaison Committee (Member 2017-2020); AILA CSC Liaison Committee (Member 2016-2017); AILA CCC (Planning Committee 2016); AILA SCOPS Committee (Vice Chair 2015-2016); AILA NBC Liaison Committee (Member 2010-2015, Vice Chair 2012-2013, Chair 2014-2015); and AILA Field Operations Committee (Member 2014-2015).

Connection to Immigration

My family and I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 10 years old. My mom was a beneficiary of a self-petition for professionals (a category that no longer exists). I am grateful to my parents for the sacrifices they made for my siblings and I to attend school in the U.S. and have more opportunities.


J.D., Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law
B.A., New York University (Political Science)

What is a fun fact about you?

I lived in a haunted house for a year in the Civil War city of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I refuse to watch horror films as a result.


English, Tagalog

My Family's Journey

Philippines China United States of America