WHAT IF I HAVE HAD MORE THAN ONE EMPLOYER DURING MY PERIOD OF STEM OPT?
You MUST complete a pre-and post-evaluation for each employer you have during your period of STEM OPT. If you are no longer working for an employer, and did not obtain a pre- and/or post-evaluation, you must contact the employer to obtain the necessary evaluation(s) and signature retroactively.
WHAT IF I FAIL TO SUBMIT AN ANNUAL SELF-EVALUATION?
An F-1 student who fails to submit an annual self-evaluation is not abiding by the reporting requirements of STEM OPT. While there are no immediate repercussions, failure to maintain proper reporting status can jeopardize a student’s future eligibility to remain in the U.S.
WHAT IF I FORGOT TO UPDATE WFU ISSS REGARDING MY EMPLOYMENT OR ADDRESS INFORMATION? HOW DO I UPDATE THIS?
For students currently using the STEM extension, remember that you may NOT report a change of employment or begin working for a new employer before submitting a new I-983 training plan to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please fill out the OPT Reporting Form on our website ONLY if you are reporting no change in employment (required to report every 6 months on STEM OPT):
STEM OPT & UNEMPLOYMENT REMINDER
F-1 visa holders pursuing the STEM extension of OPT may not be unemployed for more than 150 days, applied to the entire period of standard post-completion and STEM OPT. In addition, any employment conducted while on the STEM extension must be with an employer registered with E-Verify.
For more detailed information on student reporting responsibilities on STEM OPT, please visit: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students-stem-opt-reporting-requirements