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24 Month STEM OPT Reporting

Students participating in the 24-month STEM OPT Extension must continue to report to ISS every 6 months.  This reporting is done through (1) submitting a copy of the STEM EAD card, (2) completing 6-month validations, and (3) completing annual self-evaluations.


Submitting copy of STEM EAD card at the beginning of the 24-month STEM OPT period:

Once your STEM OPT is approved and you receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) please email a copy of it to Please include your name and University ID in the subject of your email.

Completing the 6 month STEM validations:

SEVIS requires validation of your STEM OPT employment and personal contact information every six months. The SEVP portal will notify you directly by e-mail 30 days before the 6 Month STEM Validation is due.  The e-mail reminder will be sent to the e-mail address that you provide in the SEVP portal.

The ISS office has discontinued the Validation Report form, effective April 2020 Students validating the SEVP portal will need to do the following:

  1. Log into the SEVP portal.
  2. Check all employer info and personal info.  Make any necessary updates.
  3. Email to notify us that you have checked your information and it is up-to-date.
    • If you are due for an annual self-evaluation, see the section below and attach the self-evaluation to the email.


Completing the annual self-evaluations:

Over the course of your 24-month STEM OPT Extension, you must submit two self-evaluations. The self-evaluations must be completed by you and signed by your employer and should, specifically, evaluate your experience during the STEM Extension (even if you were employed with the same company before your STEM OPT Extension). Recommendations for completing the self-evaluation can be found on the Study in the States website (under the Evaluation of Student Progress section).

  • Annual Evaluation #1: Complete Evaluation of Student Progress on page 5 of the Form I-983 and submit it to by 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 by the end of your second year of STEM OPT.


Failure to complete your validation and self-evaluation by the due date may result in the auto-termination of your SEVIS record.

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