On April 22, 2016, Senior Attorney Mark Yelich was honored as an expert panelist on immigration options for professionals at the inaugural conference of the Association of Croatian American Professionals, held in Washington, DC. The purpose of the association is to foster knowledge-sharing and networking among Croatian-American professionals. As a panelist, Mark discussed potential immigration options for those interested in coming to the United States to start a business, attend a university, perform research, or seek employment. While Mark was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, his parents immigrated legally to the U.S. from Croatia during its time as the former Yugoslavia. Mark attended high school in Spilt, Croatia , speaks Croatian fluently and is pleased to be a part of helping Croatian students, researchers, entrepreneurs, professionals and performers access opportunities in the U.S.
Mark Yelich focuses his practice on employment-based immigration. He represents clients in nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters before the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Mark is a frequent teacher for CLE courses for the DC Bar and will be a panelist on May 19, 2016 in an American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") webinar, “When One Foot is Out the Door: H-1B Portability Issues.” Mark, along with other AILA colleagues, will discuss issues that employers and employees face when an H-1B worker is seeking to change employers. The webinar will address recent trends at USCIS and explore challenging questions related to international travel, maintaining valid immigration status, and dealing with the H-1B six-year limit or pending green card process.