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

How to Voluntarily Abandon Lawful Permanent Residence (a Green Card)
While most green card holders (lawful permanent residents, or "LPRs") are concerned about an  involuntary
What Happens If I Travel or Move While Awaiting My Adjustment of Status Interview?
If you are applying for a U.S. green card through the process known as "adjustment of status," in which you submit your application materials to, and attend your interview at an office of USCIS, leaving the country could cancel it, unless you apply for Advance Parole.
How to Find a Good Immigration Lawyer For Your Case
An experienced lawyer will prepare your case carefully to give it the best chance for approval. Here are some guidelines to help you find a good immigration lawyer.
EB-5 Investor Visas Minimum Dollar Amount Keeps Changing
June 22, 2021 The new regulations increasing the minimum investment amount for people seeking permanent residence through the EB-5 visa program to $1 million has been struck down by a federal court, but could eventually be brought back.
How Soon Can Our Company Fire This New H-1B Worker?
There's little to stop an employer from terminating a worker soon after the start of employment.
USCIS Offering Data About H-1B Employers Online
April 1, 2019 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a new H-1B Employer Data Hub as part of its efforts “to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs.”
Social Security Numbers for Nonimmigrant Workers
Your work visa allows you to work in the U.S.—but you will also need a Social Security number in order to get paid!
H-1B or TN Visa: Which Should a Canadian or Mexican Choose?
Workers from Canada and Mexico have a fine choice of visa options. Learn more about the comparative advantages of the H-1B and TN.
How Long It Takes to Get an H-1B Visa Petition Approved
How long a wait to expect, and how to monitor your progress toward approval of Form I-129.
Common Reasons for Denial of an H-1B Visa
Issues regarding the position, the applicant's qualifications, and more can sink an H-1B application.