Kyle Knapp


Kyle A. Knapp is an experienced immigration attorney. He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School in 1998 and is licensed to practice in Ohio and Florida.

Kyle concentrates his practice on helping organizations hire individuals who are not U.S. citizens. He also advises organizations on the requirements to ensure that all of their employees have authorization to work in the United States. The former sometimes is referred to as "visa processing," while the latter is referred to as "I-9 compliance."   Additionally, Kyle assists individuals with naturalization applications for U.S. citizenship and with family-based immigration cases to sponsor relatives for lawful permanent resident status.

The U.S. immigration laws have become increasingly complex. Kyle parses through statutes, regulations and agency guidance and explains to organizations in simple terms what steps they must follow to hire individuals who are not U.S. citizens. His areas of expertise include a wide range of nonimmigrant (i.e. temporary) and immigrant (i.e. green card or permanent resident) visas. In the nonimmigrant category, he has extensive experience with B/Visa Waiver (visitors for business or pleasure), E (treaty traders and investors), F (students), H (specialty occupation workers for individuals with relevant college degrees), J (exchange visitors), L (intracompany transferees from affiliate organizations abroad), O (individuals of extraordinary ability), R (ministers) and TN (professional workers from Canada and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement).

In the immigrant category, Kyle has helped organizations and individuals apply for green cards through the labor certification process (called PERM), priority worker petitions (extraordinary ability, outstanding researcher/professor, multinational manager), and religious worker petitions. The various occupations have included information technology professionals, scientists, engineers, financial analysts, university professors, nurses, physicians, ministers, social workers, psychologist, and managers and executives.

As part of his I-9 compliance work, Kyle advises human resources professionals on the requirements to document the work authorization of new employees and avoid discriminating against individuals based upon national origin or citizenship status. The I-9 form is deceptively complex, and Kyle helps those involved in preparing and maintaining it understand its nuances and comply with regulatory requirements.

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Articles By Kyle Knapp

U.S. Permanent Residency (Green Card) Rules for Canadian Citizens
Canadian citizens have long enjoyed special rules for entering the United States on various types of visas. Most notably, the majority of Canadian citizens do not need to visit a U.S. consulate in advance of their travel in order to obtain a visa to enter the United States for a temporary stay.
Timeline for Filing the I-129 Form for an Nonimmigrant Worker
Failure to file the I-129 form at the right time may lead to denied U.S. immigration status or the continuation of existing legal employment status.
Extending or Changing Your Visa Status: I-539 Filing Fees, Lawyer Fees, and Fee Waiver
If you are looking to extend your U.S. visa, or change your status to another visa, you'll be filing an I-539 application and related documents. Here's what to expect in filing fees and lawyer costs.
I-129 Supplements: A Legal Guide for U.S. Work Visas
Get helpful legal information on completing the necessary supplement(s) when filing an I-129 work visa petition.
Requesting Permanent Labor Certification: ETA Form 9089
U.S. employers use ETA Form 9089 to request permanent labor certification on behalf of a foreign worker seeking a green card.
When to File for an Employment-Based Green Card: Timing an I-140 Petition
Knowing when to file the I-140 petition Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker is important to its success and the worker's ability to maintain status in the United States.
Documents Needed to File for an EB-3 Employment Visa
A handy checklist of the documents an employer needs to gather to submit along with the I-140 petition for a third-preference worker.
U.S. Immigration for Nurses: Work Visas & Green Card Options
The U.S. government recognizes that the U.S. has a shortage of nurses. In order to encourage more foreign nurses to come to the country, the U.S. government has, over time, established various procedures that can facilitate nurses’ ability to work and reside in this country.
Form I-129: A Legal Guide for U.S. Work Visas
Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, is filed by U.S. employers sponsoring foreign nationals for employment in the United States.
What If I Am Laid Off Before I Get My Employment-Based Green Card?
What happens if you lose your job while your employment-based green card application is in process? You may be able to continue toward permanent residence.