Ryan Morgan Knight
Ryan Morgan Knight is an associate attorney with Haynes Novick Immigration in Washington, DC, focusing his practice on a broad spectrum of employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas, including PERM cases and EB-5 cases. He works closely with employers and beneficiaries in assisting them to navigate the strict Departments of Labor and Homeland Security requirements regarding immigration. He specializes in complex legal issues stemming from novel fact patterns and enjoys responding to tough Requests for Evidence. Mr. Knight has conducted appellate work for cases sitting with the Administrative Appeals Office, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Fourth Circuit. He successfully overturned several difficult Pakistani J-1 visa denials in the summer of 2017, and has earned approvals on hard-fought L, H-1B, R, E, and TN visas. As a member of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts, Mr. Knight has an affinity for the arts and takes pride in representing the fine and performing arts and artists in EB-1, O, and P visa filings. He also handles family-based cases and will take on pro bono asylum cases.
Before joining HNI, Ryan was an associate attorney at a full-service immigration boutique where he worked on a variety of immigration cases. Ryan found his calling for immigration advocacy in law school, where he worked as a student-attorney in the WVU Immigration Law Clinic. There, he specialized in asylum claims, winning both defensive and affirmative claims in court, before USCIS and at the Board of Immigration Appeals. He received his Bachelor’s degree from University of Iowa and his J.D. from West Virginia University College of Law. An ardent lover of history, art, culture and literature, Ryan’s enthusiasm for immigration law and policy is well-grounded in his experiences and travels.
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- Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- 2013 – West Virginia University College of Law, J.D.
- 2010 – University of Iowa, B.A. (History); C.S. (Museum Studies)
Activities and Honors
- Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts – Member
- CALI Award – Immigration Law, 2012
- Marshall Wythe School of Law at William & Mary Study Abroad (Spain)
- Honors Program – University of Iowa
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society – 2007
- University of Iowa Men’s Rowing
- University of Delaware Track and Field – Decathlon