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.

Find Kyle at www.knapplawco.com


Articles By Kyle Knapp

Can I Travel While H-1B Application (New, Extension, or Change of Status) Is Pending at USCIS?
Whether awaiting a USCIS decision on an initial H-1B application or a renewal or extension, timing your travel right and bringing the right documents will be key to avoiding getting stuck outside the United States.
FAQs by H-1B Workers in the U.S. (Extensions, Job Changes, and More)
Answers to common questions about travel, visa renewals, switching employers, and other realities of life in the U.S. for H-1B visa holders.
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.
H-1B Visa to the U.S.: Who Qualifies?
The H-1B visa category is for noncitizens who will work in the United States in a "specialty occupation," perform services under a Department of Defense-administered project, or work as a fashion model of distinguished merit and ability.
H-4 Visas for Family of H-1B Visa Holder
Who qualifies for an H-4 visa, how to apply, and what rights it confers within the United States.
How Long an H-1B Worker Can Stay in the United States
A foreign worker with an H-1B visa can stay in the U.S. for a maximum of six years plus extensions, in certain circumstances.
How Employers Can Hire an H-1B Worker Who Is Already in the U.S.
Whether the worker is in H-1B status with some other company, or in the U.S. on another type of visa, following the right procedures gives you an opportunity to hire the person.
Just Got Laid Off From H-1B Job—Do I Have Any Grace Period or Can I Get Another Visa to Jobhunt?
Is there enough time after being laid off from H-1B position to switch to a new employer on your current visa?
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.
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.