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STEM OPT Reporting

You must report employment every six months, even if you have not changed jobs:

  • At or before 6 months from start date on EAD card:
  • At or before 12 months from start date on EAD card:
    • Download USCIS form I-983 and complete the “Evaluation on Student Progress” (I-983, last page, first box)
    • Update your employment at the OPT/STEM OPT Employment Update form and attach the I-983 “Evaluation on Student Progress”
  • At or before 18 Months from start date on EAD card:
  • At or before 24 months from start date on EAD card:
    • Download USCIS form I-983 and upload the “Final Evaluation on Student Progress” (I-983, last page, last box)
    • Update your employment at the OPT/STEM OPT Employment Update form and attach the I-983 “Final Evaluation on Student Progress”

To find out your STEM OPT reporting deadlines, enter the end date of your Post-Completion OPT in the yellow box in the date calculator.

For more information on STEM OPT, including a sample I-983, visit STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT).