Reporting Requirements

Students Who Are Employed

  1. Six-month validity reports. Student must confirm the validity of the following information with OIS every six months using the online OIS OPT Employment Reporting System:
    • Legal name
    • Residential or mailing address
    • Employer name and address
    • Status of current employment/practical training experience
  2. Evaluation of Student Progress section on I-983 Form. Student conducts a self-evaluation and employer signs the form.  Student submits completed form 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 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.