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

Working Outside the U.S. With a Green Card
If you have a green card and are going to work outside of the U.S., learn how to avoid abandoning your permanent residence, or disrupting your eligibility to become a U.S. citizen.
Will a DUI Affect Your Permanent Resident Status?
While there are serious consequences for anyone charged with a DUI, the consequences for an immigrant can be more severe. Find out how a DUI may endanger a green card holder's status.
Why Labor Certification Is Denied
The law prescribes specific steps an employer must follow for the Labor Cert test before hiring a foreign worker. There are numerous pitfalls and detours that can happen during this process.
What Can I Do If My Work Visa Petition Is Denied by USCIS?
Options for foreign workers when USCIS denies a visa application, whether the foreign worker is already in the U.S. in a different immigration status or currently outside the United States.
Temporary Visa Applicants Must Prove Their Intent to Leave the U.S. on Time
Among other challenges, U.S. immigration law requires consular officers to view every visa applicant as an intending immigrant until the applicant proves otherwise.
R-2 Visa for Family of Religious Workers (R-1 Holders)
An R-2 visa is a U.S. nonimmigrant (temporary) visa that may be issued to the spouse and unmarried children (under 21 years) of R-1 visa holders.
Options If Your I-140 Petition Is Denied by USCIS
Find out what to do if USCIS denies your I-140 visa petition.
O-3 Visas for the Family of O-1 and O-2 Work Visa Holders
How spouses and children can obtain O-3 visas to accompany an O-1 or O-2 work visa holder to the United States.
My K-1 Visa Is Pending: Can I Work in the U.S.?
After entering the U.S. on a K-1 visa, you can, if you wish to accept employment, either apply for a work permit or wait until you've married and include a work permit application in your application to adjust status (get a green card).
Improving Your Chances of Getting an H-1B Visa
Guidance to foreign nationals who are interested in obtaining H-1B visas so that they may come and work for a U.S. employer.