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You must continue to report to ISS throughout the 24 month STEM OPT period. Please read carefully the following reporting requirements:
Email a copy of your STEM EAD to International Student Services
Once your STEM OPT is approved and you receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) please email a copy of it to OPTSTEM@rit.edu Please be sure to include your name and University ID in the subject of your email.
Use the SEVIS portal to make any changes to your current STEM employment as well as any mailing address changes.
If you are changing employers while on OPT STEM you will need to do the following:
SEVIS 6 Month STEM Validation
SEVIS requires validation of your continued employment every six months. ISS will notify you directly by e-mail when the SEVIS 6 Month STEM Validation is due. You must respond to this email within 48 hours to confirm your address and employment information.
Mark your calendar to submit special Annual STEM OPT Reports
Form I-983 Annual Evaluations
You must submit two self-evaluations signed by your employer during the 24 Month STEM Extension.
Annual Evaluation #1: Complete “Evaluation of Student Progress” on page 5 of the Form I-983 and submit it to OPTSTEM@rit.edu at the end of your first year of STEM OPT.
Annual Evaluation #2: Complete “Final Evaluation of Student Progress” on page 5 of the Form I-983 and submit it to OPTSTEM@rit.edu at the end of your second year of STEM OPT.