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.
|Amount of time on STEM||6-Month Report||Evaluation|
|12 Months||yes||One year self-evaluation due|
|24 Months||yes||Final self-evaluation due|
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:
- Employer Name
- Employer City & State
- Job Title
- Start date with Employer
- Employer Identification Number (EIN)
- Current US Address in SiS
Self Evaluations on Form I-983
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.
Loss of Employment
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.
Start of New Employment
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.
Reporting Material Changes
Students must report any material changes to their existing employment while on STEM Extension. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Any change of the employer's IRS Employer Identification Number, (EIN– the company’s Federal Tax ID number) resulting from a change in the employer’s ownership or structure, such as a corporate restructuring.
- Any reduction in student compensation that is not tied to a reduction in hours worked.
- Any significant decrease in the number of hours of work per week that was specified on the Form I-983.
- Any decrease in hours of work that would reduce the student’s learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983.
- Changes to the employer’s commitment or student’s learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983.
- In case of Material Changes in current employment, the student must work with their employer to submit it a Modified Form I-983 at the earliest date possible. The student should also alert by email: firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact material change, so that the DSO may update SEVIS.
- All employment with a non-E-Verify employer must cease when the student's standard post completion OPT ends. Such employment cannot continue into any part of the 24-month STEM OPT period, including the 180-day interim period.
- Do not forget to report ANY Change of Employment by email to: email@example.com immediately (see above for clarification on what is needed)
- Do not forget to report every six months, (for two years, this means you will be reporting a total of four times – should there be no change to your employment).
- Do not forget to submit your one year and final evaluations as necessary
- Remember to update your address on SiS after moving