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Form I-983 Guidance

Assistance with I-983

The STEM OPT application process now requires you to submit a Form I-983 to your DSO. 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, email: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 by email: 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 AFTER termination of STEM employment or at the completion of the 24-Month STEM Extension.

Please note that USCIS is taking a strict stance on third party placement arrangements. We recommend students and STEM employers review the USCIS webpage on STEM OPT Employers Requirements and Responsibilities and third-party placements. The NAFSA third-party placement article may also be helpful.

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

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