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

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.
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.
Types of Jobs Most Likely to Qualify for an H-1B Visa
Job categories mostly likely to qualify a foreign student or worker for a H-1B visa.
H-1B Employers and Coronavirus: Obligations Your Business May Have to Workers
As if employers that sponsor H-1B workers in the United States didn't have ongoing monitoring and compliance concerns to worry about, the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 makes H-1B sponsorship even more confounding.
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.
Can I Change Employers While My Green Card Application Is Pending?
If you are a foreign employee and awaiting a USCIS decision on your green card application, now is a risky time to switch jobs.