This form is for students who are currently on either OPT (regular 12-month OPT) or on 24-month OPT STEM Extension.
Please read the instructions below for each submission type to learn what documentation will be required in order to complete this form. You should have any required documents completed and saved as PDFs before beginning this form. You cannot complete the form without uploading the required documents.
OPT Employer or Address Update (regular 12-month OPT): No document upload required.
OPT STEM Extension Address Change Only: No document upload required.
OPT STEM Extension 6 Month or 18 Month Validation Report: No document upload required.
OPT STEM Extension 12 Month Validation Report: You will be required to upload an Evaluation on Student Progress (page 6 of your I-983) for your current employer.
OPT STEM Extension 24 Month Validation Report: You will be required to upload an Final Evaluation on Student Progress (page 7 of your I-983) for your current employer.
OPT STEM Extension with Employer Change: If you are on your OPT STEM extension and you have changed employers, you will be required to upload a new Form I-983 (here is a sample Form I-983 for reference) for your new employer and you will also be required to submit a Final Evaluation on Student Progress for your old employer (page 7 of your old I-983).
OPT STEM Material Changes to Form I-983: If there are material changes to those listed on the I-983 training plan, you must submit an updated Form I-983 to the ISSO within 10 business days. Material changes or deviations from the original Form I-983 may include, but are not limited to:
-Any change of the employer’s EIN
-Any reduction in student compensation that is not tied to a reduction in hours worked
-Any significant decrease in hours per week that a student engages in a STEM training opportunity
-Changes to the employer’s commitments or student’s learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983