Maintaining Student Status - STEM OPT Extension / Change of STEM Employer

Change of STEM Employer

Follow this procedure if you are changing from one STEM approved employer to another STEM approved employer.

Due Date: Within 10 days of the STEM employer change

Upon approval, ISS will issue an updated I-20.

How to Report

  1. Download and complete the STEM OPT Employer Update Form using the following instructions:
    • Enter Last Name, First Name, and CWID
    • Select “Change of STEM Employer” and I-20 shipping option
    • Section A: Complete whole section
    • Section B: Select “Employed (single employer)” and complete whole section
    • Section C: Complete whole section
    • Section D: Leave blank
    • Section E: Complete whole section
  2. Using page 5 of Form I-983, complete the "Final Evaluation on Student Progress" section and have your previous employer sign it.
    • This is a self-evaluation and should not be written by the employer
    • The evaluation start and end date should reflect employment dates during the STEM period
    • The evaluation should be signed by you and the signatory designated on page 4 of the I-983.
  3. Download and complete a new I-983 Training Plan with your new employer. Refer to our Guidelines for Completing Form I-983 for further instructions.
  4. Attach proof of new employer enrollment in E-Verify, if not listed in the USCIS E-Verify Employers Search Tool. Proof, if necessary, can come in the form of the STEM employer’s memorandum of understanding (MOU) with E-Verify or a screenshot of the company’s E-Verify web portal.
  5. Submit the completed form and all supporting documents in person to the ISS office or via email at