Reporting Requirements

Once you have received your STEM OPT EAD card, please submit a copy to the ISO and request for a new I-20 with approved STEM OPT.

You can submit your I-983 form for employment changes here.

STEM degree holders on the 24-month OPT extension are required to report to ISO within 10 days of any change of:

  • Legal name
  • Residential or mailing address
  • Employer name
  • Employer address
  • Change or loss of employment

Changes that require submitting a new I-983 training plan:

  • material changes to existing I-983, such as reduction in hours or compensation, change in duties, supervisor, or employer EIN
  • change of employer or loss of employment requires submission of the “Final Evaluation on Student Progress” section of the I-983
  • subsequent employment will require submission of a new I-983 training plan.

How to change your employer on STEM OPT

In order for a student to change their employer on STEM OPT, they must submit the following:

  1.  Final self-evaluation on the bottom of page 5 on their I-983 form for their previous employer  
  2. New I-983 form for their new employer (leaving page 5 blank, to be filled out at a later time) 

    Please submit your I-983 forms here

Unemployment on STEM OPT

Students receive an additional 60 days of allotted unemployment on STEM OPT, for a total of 150 days (including the 90 days of unemployment allotted on Post-Completion OPT).  Any questions or concerns about unemployment should be directed to the ISO.