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Employer HUB for STEM OPT

If you are an employer who wants to provide a practical training opportunity to a STEM OPT student during his or her extension you have reporting responsibilities to USCIS.

  1. Be enrolled in E-verify and remain in good standing.​
  2. Employers are required to notify the Designated School Official at the school who recommended OPT when employment is terminated
    • Reporting termination of employment:  Provide student's last day of employment with your company.
    • Reporting of employee who has not reported to work in the last 5 days with prior approval:  Provide employee's last day of physical presence at job.

      To report termination on your student employee, click here

  3. Provide an OPT opportunity that is commensurate with those of similarly situated U.S. workers in duties, hours, and compensation.
  4. Implement a formal training program to augment the student's academic learning through practical experience.​
  5. Complete the Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.  || See Sample I-983 Form
  6. Agree to possible site visits from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement​
  7. Reporting material changes or deviations from original I-983
    • Reporting a material change on the I-983:     A new I-983 is required when making changes in the following areas: Employers name or address, decrease in student’s compensation, reduction in hours worked to less than 20 hours a week. Please work with the Employee to update the I-983.  The employee will submit the new I-983 to University of Maryland, via our I-Terp system.  

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