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OPT Reporting Requirements

The new OPT Employment Reporting App is now live!  Please find the link below. 

OPT EMPLOYMENT REPORTING APP

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While on your OPT and STEM OPT periods, you are required to make reports to the International Center as part of maintaining your F-1 status.  It is important that you follow these reporting requirements to avoid falling out of status.

Please see below to understand how these requirements affect you.

For students currently on an initial 12-month OPT

  • You are required to complete the OPT Reporting Survey within 10 days of any of the following changes:
    • Employment (Initial Employment or Change of Employer)
    • Unemployment
    • Name
    • US address
    • Immigration status
    • Permanent departure from the US

OPT Employment Reporting App

For students currently on a 17-month STEM OPT extension

  • You are required to complete the OPT Reporting Survey within 10 days of any of the following changes:
    • Employment (Initial Employment or Change of Employer)
    • Unemployment
    • Name
    • US address
    • Immigration status
    • Permanent departure from the US
  • You are required to complete validation reports to the OPT Reporting Survey every 6 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period (even if no changes have occurred):
    • 6-month validation (6 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
    • 12-month validation (12 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)

OPT Employment Reporting App

For students currently on a 24-month STEM OPT extension
(including students on a 17+7-month extension)

  • You are required to complete the OPT Reporting Survey within 10 days of any of the following changes:
    • Employment (Initial Employment or Change of Employer)
    • Unemployment
    • Name
    • US address
    • Immigration status
    • Permanent departure from the US
  • You are required to complete validation reports to the OPT Reporting Survey every 6 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period (even if no changes have occurred):
    • 6-month validation (6 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
    • 12-month validation (12 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
    • 18-month validation (18 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
    • 24-month validation (24 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
  • You are required to submit the self-evaluations from Form I-983 every 12 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period.  Evaluations should be submitted to icenter@iit.edu:
    • Evaluation of Student Progress - Form I-983, Page 6 (12 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
    • Final Evaluation of Student Progress - Form I-983, Page 7 (24 months after the beginning of your STEM OPT period)
  • You are required to resubmit a new Form I-983 if there are any material changes to your training plan under your current employer or if you change employers.  New Forms I-983 should be submitted to icenter@iit.edu.

OPT Employment Reporting App

Form I-983