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

Do Canadians Need a K-1 Visa to Enter the U.S. & Marry a U.S. Citizen?
Canadian citizens typically enjoy easy entry into the United States, but to enter and marry a U.S. citizen, the K-1 visa process still applies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 non-permanent positions in the United States.
Tips for Mexicans Applying for TN Visa
Procedures and cautions for Mexican citizens applying for a TN visa to the U.S. based on NAFTA.
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.
Applying for a Green Card With an E-2 Visa
After having invested in a U.S. venture and been allowed to enter the U.S. to oversee your investment, you’re perhaps now thinking that you want to make your U.S. stay more permanent.
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).