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

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 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.
Options If Your I-140 Petition Is Denied by USCIS
Find out what to do if USCIS denies your I-140 visa petition.
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.
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.
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.
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.