Reporting Requirements

Students Who Are Employed

  1. Address and telephone changes must be updated in the SEVP Portal within 10 days of the change.
  2. Student must report their employment information to OIS every six months using the online OIS STEM OPT Employment Reporting System.
  3. Evaluation of Student Progress section on I-983 Form. Student conducts a self-evaluation and employer signs the form.  Student submits all pages of I-983 (including the signed evaluation) to OPTSTEM@usc.edu. For more information about the annual self-evaluation, please visit the Students and the Form I-983 page.

Changes to Current Employment Terms and Conditions

Student must submit a revised I-983 Form if there are any “material changes” in the terms and conditions of the original I-983. Email the revised I-983 form to OPTSTEM@usc.edu  within 10 days of the change. Material changes or deviations from the original Form I-983 may include, but are not limited to:

  • Any change of the employer’s EIN.
  • Any reduction in student compensation that is not tied to a reduction in hours worked.
  • Any significant decrease in hours per week that a student engages in a STEM training opportunity.
  • Changes to the employer’s commitments or student’s learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983.

Changing Employers While on Approved STEM OPT Extension

  1. Login to the OIS STEM OPT Employment Reporting System
    • Shorten employment end date of previous employment
    • Enter new employment information
  2. Email following information to OPTSTEM@usc.edu:
  3. Once all information has been received and reviewed by DSO, a new I-20 will be issued to student.

Information for Employers

Employers can learn more about the reporting requirements by visiting the Study in the States website.