Center for International Services & Programs

Changing employers and STEM Extension

Changing employers while 24-month application is pending with USCIS:

The CISP International Team highly discourages changing employers while a STEM OPT application is pending with USCIS as this change can disrupt the application process that can cause delays with the decision. However, if the change of employers is inevitable CISP advises students to follow these steps: 

Please email stemopt@csuohio.edu for all questions regarding STEM OPT.

  1. Update new employment information using the STEM OPT Work Address Form.
  2. Upload the following documents to the CISP International Team:
  3. Incomplete applications will be rejected
  4. Set-up Express Mail and pay for express shipping.
  5. Upon receipt of the new I-20, mail the following documents to USCIS immediately.
    • Refer to USCIS office address on the I-797 Receipt Notice.
    • Indicate the I-797 receipt number (starting with WAC, YSC, etc.) in all correspondence by writing this number on the top of each document:
      • Updated Form I-765 application (particularly section 17 of the application)
        • Select box “renewal of my permission to accept employment”
      • Copy of new I-20 (pages 1-2)
      • Cover letter stating that the correspondence is to provide updated employer information for a Form I-765 that has already been filed and is pending review with receipt number [insert receipt number].

CHANGING EMPLOYERS after 24-MONTH APPLICATION IS approved by USCIS:

  1. Update new employment information using the STEM OPT Work Address Form.
  2. Upload the following documents to the CISP International Team:
    • Completed  STEM OPT Work Address Form
      • Employer information on the application should be that of the new employer
      • New completed Form I-983 and upload to the  STEM OPT Work Address Form
    • Completed STEM OPT Loss of Employment section on the  STEM OPT Work Address Form
    • Complete a final self-evaluation signed by the previous employer on Form I-983 within 10 days of leaving the position to the CISP International Team. 
  3. Incomplete applications will be rejected
  4. Set-up Express Mail and pay for express shipping if you request an updated I20 for your records. 

Please email stemopt@csuohio.edu for all questions regarding STEM OPT.