Maintaining Student Status - STEM OPT Extension / Ending STEM Employment and Maintaining STEM OPT Benefit

Ending STEM Employment and Maintaining STEM OPT Benefit

Follow this procedure if you are ending your employment with a STEM employer but want to maintain your STEM OPT benefit.

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 delivery option
    • Section A: Complete whole section
    • Section B: Select “Unemployed” and leave rest of section blank
    • 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 the signatory designated on page 4 of the I-983.
  3. Submit the completed form and all supporting documents in person to the ISS office or via email at