Help with completing the I-983 Training Plan

Tips for Completing the I-983 Training Plan

The I-983 Training Plan is intended to ensure educational benefits for F-1 students in their practical training experiences.

You and your employer must complete, and sign Form I-983. ISS cannot provide advice to employers about the I-983 Training Plan requirements.

Review the I-983 Training Plan instructions provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

This additional information is to supplement the instructions provided by SEVP. Please email for all questions regarding STEM OPT.

CSU SEVIS School Code


Designated School Official (DSO) Name and Contact Information

DSO contacts at CSU: 

Office Address and Telephone: 

2121 Euclid Ave BH 412

Cleveland Ohio 44115


Please do not email them directly with questions regarding STEM OPT. Email with any questions regarding STEM OPT. 

Qualifying Major and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code

I-20s from June 2015 or earlier
The CIP code is printed at the top of page three of your I-20.  The code is 6 digits long (xx.xxxx).  Once you find your code, you can consult the entire list of individual eligible CIP codes for the STEM extension.

I-20s from July 2015 to present
The CIP code is printed next to your major on page one of your I-20.

Date Awarded (Degree Date)

If you are using your CSU degree as the basis for your STEM OPT extension, log in to your CampusNet page. Click on “Student Tab” on the top navigation bar, then click on “Transcript.” Click on “Display Unofficial Transcripts” to open your transcript, and you will see what date your CSU degree was earned.

Employment Authorization Number

This is the USCIS# on your Employment Authorization Document (EAD card). The SEVP Training Plan slides reference the “A” number. However, EADs issued after October 24, 2011 do not have the “A” prefix before this number.

Signature of Employer Official with Signatory Authority

Your employer will need to determine who can sign this section.

Page 5: Evaluation on Student Progress and Final Evaluation on Student Progress

This page can be left blank when you submit your I-983 Training Plan to the CISP International Team to request your STEM OPT extension I-20. You must complete these evaluations annually during your STEM OPT extension period; be sure to mark your calendar now.