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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - Optional Practical Training (STEM-OPT) Extension

Process for students/employees completing the STEM-OPT Extension
  1. Submission for College Approval
    1. Submit section 1-6 of the I-983 and STEM OPT Initial Request Form (signed by supervisor) to the Associate Dean for review and signature
  2. Global Programs Pre-approval
    1. Student/employee takes completed and signed forms to DISSA to an international Advisor.
    2. DISSA will forward pre-approved form to Vice Provost of Global Programs who will sign the I-983 form.
  3. Approved I-983
    1. Student/employee submits the I-983 to the school that issued their I-20.
    2. Questions about submitting the approved I-983 should be referred to the home University as the process for applying for a STEM-OPT I-20 differs from school to school.
  4. Application for the STEM-OPT I-20 with DISSA
    1. Student/employee will apply with a DISSA advisor (cannot apply for I-20 or STEM extension any earlier than 90 days before the end of current OPT period)
    2. I-20 will be used to apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  5. Semi-annual Review Process
    1. Research and Graduate Education will need a Semi-annual review form completed and signed (by supervisor)
    2. Reviews will occur December and June

Questions: Any questions regarding the I-983 can be directed to Global Programs https://global.psu.edu/scholars

Loss of Employment: The employer and student must notify the relevant Associate Dean when the student’s employment is terminated for any reason before the end of the authorized extension period.

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This form is to be used for the initial requests for STEM OPT.

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The Department of Homeland Security requires that students and employees in STEM OPT status be monitored by their employer on a semi-annual basis to ensure they are complying with the training plan as set forth in the I-983.