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

What Happens If an H-1B Holder Loses Their Job?
H-1Bs workers can, unfortunately, end up losing the job upon which their visa and status are based. Find out how an H-1B worker can nevertheless maintain lawful status in the United States.
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.
Who Can Get an Investment-Based (EB-5) Green Card?
Like many countries, the United States offers lawful permanent residency (a green card) to wealthy people, specifically business investors, who will pump money into its economy. A spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 can also get green cards, as accompanying relatives.
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.
How to File an I-526 Petition: Tips for EB-5 Green Card Applicants
In order to apply for a green card based on an investment in U.S. business, you'll need to complete the I-526 petition. Here are some tips, and an overview on the application.
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.
Questions to Ask an H-1B Work Visa Sponsor
Given that your U.S. employer will be mostly responsible for making sure your immigration paperwork gets done correctly, and that you might be working with this employer for a number of years, it's worth choosing your employer carefully, or at least asking some probing questions before accepting the offer.
Filing an I-140 and I-485 Concurrently to Speed Up Receiving Employment-Based Green Card
When you can submit the I-140 and I-485 together, instead of waiting for one to be approved before moving on with the next one.
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.
Will Marriage to a U.S. Citizen "Waive" Your Unlawful Stay?
There are two ways that an immigrant married to a U.S. citizen can potentially avoid the problem of inadmissibility based on unlawful presence.