Requirements in STEM OPT Extension:
Requirement 1: Update your change of address or phone number in the SEVP Portal within 10 business days.
- ISS does not update these for STEM Students.
Requirement 3: Submit Validation Reports at 6 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months of STEM OPT extension even if there have been no changes.
- SEVP Portal users will receive a reminder via email 30 days before any validation report is due.
- Contact ISS if you need to update the email address where you will receive SEVP Portal notifications.
- As part of this reporting, you will confirm the following information:
- Legal name
- Residential or mailing address
- Employer name and site address
- Status of current employment
Submit 12-Month Validation Report in the request page under "Control Center".
Submit 18-Month Validation Report in the request page under "Control Center".
Submit 24-Month Validation Report in the request page under "Control Center".
Requirement 4: Submit Self-Evaluation Reports at 12 months and 24 months.
- Students are required by law to submit a Self-Evaluation Report on the Form I-983 every 12 months starting from the date the 24-month extension begins and ending when the student’s F-1 status is completed or the 24-month extension ends, whichever is first.
- The Self-Evaluation Reports are found on page 5 of the Form I-983.
- The I-983 must have all appropriate signatures, or it will be returned to you.
Submit 24-Month Self-Evaluation Report in the request page under "Control Center".
Requirement 5: Report edits or change of STEM OPT employer to ISS within 10 business days.
- Students who have changed employers during the STEM OPT Extension period are required to submit a new request including Form I-983 at the time of the employment change.
- Find the "Control Center" section within the ISS Request page and select the "STEM - Change of Employer Request" to submit new employer information and receive an updated I-20.
- You must also submit a final self-evaluation for your former employer, which must be signed by your former employer.
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