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STEM Information for Employers

This information is regarding the new 24-Month STEM Extension for F-1 students who are currently on Post-Completion OPT. 

What Employers Need to Know

  • Student must be in a valid F-1 status and currently on Post-Completion OPT.
  • Employer must be registered with E-Verify.
    • Volunteering and self-employment do not qualify under the new STEM rule.
  • A I-983 training plan must be completed and signed by the employer and the student.  This plan must be reviewed by ISSS, who will then submit the paperwork.  The plan must explain:
    • The specific goals of the training opportunity;
    • How your organization plans to meet these goals;
    • How the training is directly related to the student's STEM field of study;
    • Your organization's methods for evaluating the success of the training opportunity;
    • How your organization will oversee and supervise the student's training;
    • The student's compensation.
  • When a student takes up new employment, the student and the employer must complete a training plan and submit it to ISSS within 10 days of the employment start date.
    • If a student is terminated, the employer must report this to ISSS within five business days.
  • Regular evaluations of the student must be submitted to ISSS.
  • Employers must provide a Employment Identification Number (EIN).
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is permitted to conduct employer site visits to confirm that the training plan goals are being met.  Notice is generally provided to the employer 48 hours in advance of a site visit but may make unannounced visits if there is a complaint or other evidence of noncompliance.
  • Students' compensation must be commensurate to similarly situated U.S. workers and will not replace a U.S. worker.