Find out how to maintain your F-1 status during STEM OPT. CC available. Important links and transcript below. 3/3
OIE home page: http://www.uta.edu/oie/
OIE’s STEM OPT Extension page: http://bit.ly/2lOjZCq
Employer’s address update form: http://bit.ly/2mjdRCh
While you are on STEM OPT, you are still considered to be in F-1 status. Maintaining your F-1 status during your STEM extension is similar to 12 month OPT but with a few important additions:
In addition to reporting any changes in employers within 10 days and keeping your address up to date, you also have a 6 month reporting requirement. This means that, even if your employment has not changed, you will still need to complete OIE’s online form to update your employer’s address every 6 months.
You will also need to submit a new form I-983 to firstname.lastname@example.org within 10 days of any material changes in your employment. Material changes could include: changes in salary, hours worked, address, or change in employer. A new I-983 is also needed every 12 months for the employee’s annual evaluation.
Next, all employment must be:
:in the field of study of the major that your OPT is based upon,
At least 20 hours per week,
and with an E-Verified employer.
Unpaid work or volunteering is not allowed during STEM OPT.
Finally, you gain an additional 60 unemployment days during your STEM extension. Add that to the 90 days from post-completion OPT for a total of 150 unemployment days for your 36 months of OPT. So be sure that you don’t exceed 150 days of unemployment.
You are allowed to travel outside of the USA during your STEM OPT period. For more information, check out our “Traveling During OPT” video. However, it is recommended that you don’t travel after the time that your 12 month OPT expires until you have received your STEM OPT EAD.
For more information on STEM OPT, check us out on the web or explore the links found in the description below.
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