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.
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 OGS (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2. Report the Follow Changes Immediately
U.S. Home Address, E-mail, or Phone Number Changes
Report all changes to your U.S. home address, e-mail or phone number within 10 days of the change using the Address and Phone Number Update Form.
Report New Employment
You must submit a new Form I-983 (PDF) to Sandra.Layton@georgetown.edu 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 Sandra.Layton@georgetown.edu. Please report changes to:
Supervisor (and new supervisor phone and e-mail)
Decrease in regular scheduled work hours
End of Employment
Submit a concluding self-evaluation signed by the employer on Form I-983 within 10 days of leaving the position to Sandra Layton (Sandra.Layton@georgetown.edu). 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.
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 Your STEM OPT
Report any additional changes, including name changes, admission to a new academic program, and change in your non-immigrant status to your IS 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.
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.