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Form I-983 Guidance

Assistance with I-983

The STEM OPT app now requires you to submit a Form I-983 with your application to both the ISSO and eventually to USCIS. Accordingly, we will not accept any STEM OPT Applications without it. While the form needs to be completed by the student and his/her employer, there are a few sections you may have questions about.

  • On page 1, for Designated School Office (DSO) Name and Contact Information, you can list:
    Maria Conley, PDSO 978-934-2383, isso@uml.edu
  • For SEVIS School Code Recommending STEM OPT, you can list:
    BOS214F00998000
  • On page 5, for Evaluation on Student Progress, this part should be filled out and submitted to the ISSO at isso@uml.edu  after one year of the 24-Month STEM Extension 
  • On page 5, for Final Evaluation on Student Progress, this part should be filled out and submitted to the ISSO at employment (after completion of the 24-Month STEM Extension OR in case of termination).

For help please consult the Employer & Student Guidance on Form I-983 (pdf).

You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view any pdf files. It can be download for free from the Adobe website.

For any additional questions, please email isso@uml.edu.