Cherylle C. Corpuz
Cherylle C. Corpuz, Chair of Reger Rizzo & Darnall’s Immigration Practice Group, focuses her practice on immigration and nationality law. She is a leader in the immigration field, having spent more than 22 years counseling a broad range of individual and institutional clients on immigration matters and advocating before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and immigration and federal courts.
Ms. Corpuz began her career at Nationalities Service Center, where she directed the non-profit legal services department and served as Vice President responsible for the overall operations of this refugee resettlement organization. Ms. Corpuz then established her own firm providing counseling in immigration matters and representation in all venues to individuals as well as organizations, including businesses, hospitals, social service agencies, and criminal defense firms. For four years, Ms. Corpuz managed the immigration practice for a Philadelphia-based AmLaw 100 firm, where she was responsible for visa and compliance work with multi-national corporations, universities and high net worth individuals. During this time, she established the pro-bono domestic violence representation project, Safety in Numbers, which was adopted firm-wide and is still in practice today.
Ms. Corpuz is a frequent speaker at CLE-accredited courses and is a mentoring attorney, as well as a former instructor with the Temple University Beasley School of Law Immigration Clinic.
Employment-based immigration. Ms. Corpuz has extensive experience in assisting with the migration of human resources, representing both employers and employees for temporary visas and permanent residence. She has worked with entrepreneurs, closely-held private companies and multinational public corporations to address short-term project objectives and long-term strategic planning goals. She has also assisted numerous individuals of extraordinary ability, multinational executives and managers, professors, researchers, employees with specialized knowledge, religious workers, artists, and athletes to achieve their immigration goals.
Compliance. Ms. Corpuz has provided internal audit services and I-9 compliance training. When companies have faced enforcement actions, she has provided counsel for the defense in both civil and criminal proceedings.
Investment-based immigration. Ms. Corpuz has represented investors interested in starting or expanding their own businesses (E-2) as well as investors in projects sponsored by a Regional Center (EB-5). Her experience includes investments in the following industry sectors: Real Estate Development, Automobile Manufacturing, Energy, Plastic Recycling, Hospitality, Restaurants, and IT.
Family-based immigration. Ms. Corpuz has comprehensive knowledge of the options to reunite families and keep them together. She has worked with families from diverse cultures around the world, and has also successfully represented LGBT families.
Safe haven. Ms. Corpuz provides advice and representation to victims of crimes, such as human rights violations and domestic violence. She has wide-ranging experience in handling the following applications:
- Restriction on Removal
- Relief under the U.N. Convention Against Torture
- Temporary Protected Status
- S visas for witnesses in criminal proceedings
- T visas for victims of trafficking
- U visas for victims of crimes
- Benefits under the Violence Against Women Act
Removal defense. Ms. Corpuz has substantial experience providing representation in Immigration Courts throughout the United States. She has represented numerous matters at the Board of Immigration Appeals. She has also litigated in the federal courts in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 9th circuits.
J.D., University of Maryland (1992)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1987)
U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
American Immigration Lawyers Association - former Philadelphia Chapter Chair; former Liaison with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service
Citizens Diplomacy International
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
National LGBT Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association - Immigration Law Committee Founding Co-Chair; Minority Bar Committee: Co-Chair of the Minority Attorney Conference Subcommittee; Co-Chair of the Specialty Certification Subcommittee of the Immigration Law Committee
Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity - Board of Directors, Treasurer
Wang v. Gonzales, U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
Angel de Leon v. Holder, U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit