REPORTING OBLIGATIONS DURING 24 MONTH STEM EXTENSION OF
OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT)
As of May 10, 2016, the STEM OPT regulation was changed to allow eligible students on OPT to apply for a 24-month STEM OPT extension. The previous STEM OPT extension period was for 17 months. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) created the STEM OPT Hub to help F-1 students, interested employers and school officials understand the new regulation. https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub.
STEM extension OPT regulations require students to report to the ISSO any of the following changes within 10 days:
Legal name changes (Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Changes in employer, giving the employer name and address and start date of new employment
Loss of employment
Send the DSO (Designated School Official) a validation report every six months starting from the date the STEM extension starts and ending when the student's F-1 status ends or the STEM extension ends, whichever is first. The validation report must include the student's:
Full legal name
SEVIS identification number
Current mailing and residential address
Name and address of current employer
Date the student began working for the current employer
Students pursuing a period of STEM extension OPT must not:
Work in a paid position for any employer that is not en E-Verify employer
Have more than 120 days of unemployment time during the entire period of post-completion OPT (regular post-completion OPT and STEM extension OPT).
You are responsible for making timely updates through this form and reminders will be sent periodically.