Students Navigate F-1, OPT and Beyond with BAL Info Session

Recently returning to the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business for another collaboration was BAL, an immigration law firm, who presented invaluable insights during an information session aimed at international college students navigating the landscape of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and its extensions.

The session, led by senior associates Stacey Hubbard and Courtney Lewis, addressed topics of high interest to over 70 students from various groups, including Dr. Zaki Malik's class and members of the Marketing and Business Analytics Student Organization. Attendees received clarity and guidance on eligibility criteria and maintenance requirements for both F-1 OPT and F-1 STEM OPT, complementing the information provided by the college's Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Throughout the presentation, attendees gained a deep understanding of the eligibility criteria and crucial maintenance responsibilities associated with F-1 OPT and F-1 STEM OPT. From initial eligibility assessments to ongoing compliance obligations, BAL equipped students with the knowledge and tools necessary to maximize their OPT preparation. Moreover, the session addressed the pivotal question of “What to do once OPT is exhausted,” providing strategic insights and actionable advice to empower students to make informed decisions about their future pathways in the United States. Additionally, the presentation explored available options for dependents of F-1 students, offering a holistic perspective on immigration possibilities for international student families.

A&M-Commerce remains committed to student success by providing guidance throughout every stage of a student's academic and professional endeavors. Stacey Hubbard, Senior Associate with BAL, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “It was amazing to speak with engaged and career-minded students who have so much to offer and enrich the DFW community.”