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 employment end date.

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

Instructions

Click the link below to complete the STEM OPT Employer Update Form and upload your Final Evaluation (Page 5 of Form I-983). Please note the following:

  • View Final Evaluation Guidelines
  • This is a self-evaluation and should not be written by the employer.
  • The evaluation start and end date should reflect the employment dates during the STEM OPT period.
  • The evaluation should be signed by you and the signatory designated on page 4 of the I-983 in ink. Electronic signatures are not accepted.

Submit STEM OPT Employer Update Form