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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.
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 include your name and University ID in the subject of your email.
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:
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).
Failure to complete your validation and self-evaluation by the due date may result in the auto-termination of your SEVIS record.