Reminder: STEM OPT Students May Train with Multiple Employers

Published: 11/22/2016


Students participating in a 24-month science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) extension may train with multiple employers as long as they maintain compliance with all STEM OPT regulations.

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This means STEM OPT students must meet all eligibility and reporting requirements for each employer, including but not limited to:

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  • Completing a Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Student,” for each employer.
  • Training for at least 20 hours per week with each employer.
  • Receiving compensation from each employer.
  • Submitting all required self-evaluations about the progress of each training experience to their designated school official.
Each employer that a STEM OPT student trains with must be a bona fide employer that can sign the Form I-983 and is enrolled in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ E-Verify program.

Remember, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security may conduct site visits to any employer training STEM OPT students. In addition, if a STEM OPT student believes that any of their employers are not complying with the 24-month STEM OPT extension regulations, the student is encouraged to contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program or report violations online.


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