F-1 students on STEM OPT have many reporting requirements to adhere to. It is integral that you fully understand the reporting requirements so that you maintain your STEM OPT status. Please keep in mind that H-1b petitions and other change of status petitions may be denied due to failure to report, or incorrect reporting while on STEM Extension. Students should refer to the STEM Reporting Requirements Study in the States page for a complete list of reporting requirements.
Students on STEM Extension must report their current employer every six months. The six month reporting e-form can be found on the Forms webpage of the ISSO website. Students will need to confirm:
In addition to reporting current employer information each six months, students must complete a one-year evaluation after having been on STEM Extension for one year, as well as a final evaluation if their STEM Employment is terminated OR at the completion of the STEM period. These should be signed and dated by the student AND the official signatory of the employer. Please continue reading for further reporting requirements.
In case of loss/termination of employment, the student is legally responsible to update via the STEM Employment Reporting Tool found on the Forms webpage of the ISSO website.within 10 days of the termination and submit a Final Evaluation on the Form I-983.
The student must report any new STEM employment AND submit a NEW Form I-983 within 10 days of receiving this employment. The student should update their new employment via STEM Employment Reporting Tool found on the Forms webpage of the ISSO website.
Students must report any material changes to their existing employment while on STEM Extension. This includes, but is not limited to: