You must continue to report to OGS throughout your 24-Month STEM OPT Extension period. Continue to report changes to your address and employer information as soon as they occur. In addition, you must submit special reports to OGS every six months.

SEVP Portal reset requests are processed within 3 business days.

1. Email a Copy of Your STEM EAD to OGS

Once USCIS approves the 24-Month STEM OPT Extension, you will receive a new Employment Authorization Card (EAD). Please scan and e-mail a front-and-back copy of the STEM EAD to your dedicated STEM Advisor.

jack the bulldog on employment authorization card 

2. Report the Following Changes Within 10 Days

U.S. Home Address or Phone Number Changes

Report all changes to your U.S. home address or phone number within 10 days of the change using the SEVP Portal. The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will send a link inviting you to create an SEVP Portal Account. Once your STEM OPT has been approved, the email will be sent from do-not-reply.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov. Please always check your Spam, Junk, or Trash folders to see if this email gets redirected.

Follow the instructions in that email immediately upon receipt and create your SEVP Portal Account. This link expires in 30 days from the time it was sent and it can only be clicked once to register your SEVP Portal Account. If the link is already expired, email your STEM Advisor to reset it. SEVP Portal reset requests are processed within 3 business days.

For help with this process, please use the following resources:

  • Visit the SEVP Portal Help website
  • Email SEVP@ice.dhs.gov
  • Call (703) 603-3400 (Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm ET, except U.S. holidays)

Report New Employment

You must submit a new Form I-983 (PDF) to your dedicated STEM Advisor whenever you add a new employer within 10 days of the position start date. Please remember to type your responses before printing and signing the form. In the e-mail, please also include the employer's E-Verify number, the end date of your last position and one sentence describing how this new position relates to your STEM degree.

Update Previously Reported Employment Information

Report any changes to your current employment information on file within 10 days of the change by sending an e-mail to your dedicated STEM Advisor. Please report changes to:

Company Name                                                                    
Employer Address
Employer EIN
Supervisor (and new supervisor phone and e-mail) 
Job description
Decrease in regular scheduled work hours 

Do not delete previous Post-Completion OPT employer information already in the portal.

End of Employment

Submit a concluding self-evaluation signed by the employer on Form I-983 within 10 days of leaving the position to your dedicated STEM Advisor. Please indicate the last day of employment in this e-mail.

3. Mark Your Calendar to Submit Special STEM OPT Reports Every 6 Months

  • 6 months: STEM Validation
  • 12 months: Annual Evaluation, STEM Validation
  • 18 months: STEM Validation
  • 24 months: Annual Evaluation, STEM Validation

SEVIS 6 Month STEM Validation

SEVIS requires validation of your continued employment every six months. OGS will notify you directly by e-mail when the SEVIS 6 Month STEM Validation is due. You must respond to this email within 48 hours to confirm your address and employment information.

Form I-983 Annual Evaluation

You must submit at least two self-evaluations signed by your employer during the 24-Month STEM Extension. You will receive an automated e-mail reminder 30 days before each Annual Evaluation is due.

Annual Evaluation #1: Complete page 5 of the Form I-983 (PDF) and submit it to your dedicated STEM Advisor at the end of your first year of STEM OPT.

Annual Evaluation #2: Complete page 5 of the Form I-983 (PDF) and submit it to your dedicated STEM Advisor at the end of your second year of STEM OPT.

Additional concluding evaluations (page 5 of the I-983) must be submitted each time you complete a training opportunity, no matter how long the position lasted.

Important Reminders About STEM OPT

Report any additional changes, including name changes, admission to a new academic program, and change in your non-immigrant status to your dedicated STEM Advisor.

You are allowed to accrue no more than 150 days of unemployment total for your first post-completion OPT period, your 24-Month STEM OPT Extension period, and any time covered by the H-1B Cap-Gap combined. 

Students who do not exceed the unemployment limit will have a 60 day grace period following the end date on the STEM EAD card. During the grace period, you must prepare to leave the United States, apply for a change of immigration status, or transfer your F-1 status to begin a new academic program. All departures during the grace period are final, and you may not return to the United States in F-1 status during the grace period.

Post-Completion OPT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Additional STEM OPT Topics and Guidelines

Failure to comply with your responsibilities while on the 24-Month STEM OPT Extension may result in the loss of your immigration status. While the Government of the United States considers you to be solely responsible for maintaining your legal status, please be assured that OGS continues to be a resource for you during this period.