Kyle Knapp

Attorney (Capital University Law School)

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.

Law practice. 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.

Areas of expertise. 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).

Clients. 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.

Consulting. 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

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).
Applying for an Extension of a U.S. Visa or Change of Status
USCIS's I-539 form and application requirements for obtaining an extension of your stay or a change to a new nonimmigrant status.
Changing Status From F-1 Student Visa to H-1B Work Visa
If you are a foreign student in the U.S. who is interested in getting a temporary visa to work in the U.S. after graduation, an H-1B visa, for temporary specialty workers, is a possibility.
Documents You'll Need to File an EB-1 Visa Petition
When an employer (after having gotten PERM labor certification) files a petition for an EB-1 worker to receive a green card, it must include a large number of supporting documents, to prove that the would-be immigrant has the necessary background and qualifications to apply in the priority worker category and that fit the offered job.
Filing Form I-829 to Remove Conditions on EB-5 Status
If you received "conditional residence" through the EB-5 investor visa program, you will need to complete and submit for I-829 within the time limits to become a legal permanent resident.
EB-3 Visa for Professional, Skilled, or Unskilled Workers
EB-3 immigrant visas allow certain professional workers, skilled workers, and unskilled workers to obtain a U.S. green card or permanent resident status.
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.
Timeline for Filing the I-129 Form for an Nonimmigrant Worker
Failure to file the I-129 form with USCIS at the right time could lead to denied U.S. immigration status or the continuation of existing legal employment status.
Timeline of the U.S. Labor Certification Process
One of the major steps in sponsoring a foreigner for work in the U.S. is the labor certification process. Here's what to expect.
What If You Lose Your Job While Your Green Card Is Processing?
If your employment-based green card application is in process and you lose your job, you may have options to continue with the process rather than starting over.