STEM OPT REporting timeline
Mark Your Calendar to Submit Special STEM OPT Reports Every 6 Months
- 6 months: STEM Validation
- 12 months: Annual Evaluation, STEM Validation
- 18 months: STEM Validation
- 24 months: Annual Evaluation, STEM Validation
SEVIS 6 MONTH STEM VALIDATION
SEVIS requires validation of your continued employment every six months. CISP International Team will not notify you directly when the SEVIS 6 Month STEM Validation is due.
ACTIVE STUDENTS REQUIRING STEM OPT REPORTING
The US Government randomly selects STEM OPT students for reporting. The CISP International Team will notify you directly by e-mail when the ACTIVE STUDENT REQUIRING STEM OPT REPORTING is due. You must respond to follow the directions stated in the email within the given timeframe to confirm your address, upload any information requested by the government, and confirm employment information.
FORM I-983 ANNUAL EVALUATION
You must submit at least two self-evaluations signed by your employer during the 24-Month STEM Extension. You will not receive any e-mail reminders.
Annual Evaluation #1: Complete page 5 of the Form I-983 (PDF) and submit evaluation online at the end of your first year of STEM OPT.
Annual Evaluation #2: Complete page 5 of the Form I-983 (PDF) and submit evaluation online at the end of your second year of STEM OPT.
Additional concluding evaluations (page 5 of the I-983) must be submitted each time you complete a training opportunity, no matter how long the position lasted.