International Student and Scholar Services

STEM Extension Reporting Requirements

While the Center for International Studies will continue to maintain and update your SEVIS record, it is your responsibility to report the required information related to your OPT.

When do you need to submit a STEM Extension update?

STEM OPT Reporting Requirements (pdf)

How do I report my STEM Extension updates?

There are some updates that you will need to submit through the SEVP Portal:

  • Physical home address
  • Mailing address
  • Telephone number

There are other updates that you will need to submit through the CIS Reporting Site:

  • Employer information

How do I set-up my SEVP Portal account?

You will not need to set-up a new SEVP Portal account if you maintain the same SEVIS ID that you did for your OPT.

How often do I need to log into my SEVP Portal account?

You must continue to maintain an active SEVP Portal account—which involves logging in to the portal every 90 days and updating your password.

If you get locked out of your SEVP Portal account you must do the following:

Email international@stcloudstate.edu

  • Subject: SEVP Portal Account Reset
  • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email

For further assistance:

6-Month and 18-Month Report on STEM Extension

DHS requires students on STEM Extension report their employment information every 6 months, even if the employment is the same.

6 months and 18 months after your STEM Extension start date you must log into the CIS Reporting Site to confirm that your name, residential address, employer information, and employment status are current and accurate.

A new I-20 is not automatically printed every time you report or make changes to your STEM Extension. If you would like a new I-20 or have plans to travel outside of the U.S. and need a new travel signature to re-enter, please do the following:

Email: international@stcloudstate.edu

  • Subject: STEM I-20 Re-print
  • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email, and include a statement as to why the re-print is requested

If you do not plan on picking up your new I-20 at the CIS Front Desk, then you must request express mailing: https://study.eshipglobal.com

  • Please make sure that your name is entered exactly as it appears on your immigration documents. Select St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN as the sender address. Enter your student ID number in the student ID field.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of the delivery.

12-Month Self Evaluation

DHS requires students on STEM Extension to submit a self-evaluation of training progress at the 12-month point after the STEM Extension begins.

12 months after your STEM OPT start date, you must log into the CIS Reporting Site to confirm that your name, residential address, employer information, and employment status are current and accurate. You must also summarize the progress you have made toward the training goals outlined on your I-983 Training Plan. Therefore, you must also email page 5 of your I-983 (completed and signed by you and your employer) to:

  • Email: international@stcloudstate.edu
    • Subject: STEM Extension 12-Month Evaluation
    • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email
    • Text: I will pick-up my new I-20 or I will set-up express mailing of my new I-20
    • Attach: Page 5 of I-983 with "Evaluation on Student Progress" completed and signed

This must be completed no later than 10 days following the conclusion of the 12-month reporting period.

A new I-20 is not automatically printed every time you make report or make changes to your STEM Extension. If you would like a new I-20 or have plans to travel outside of the U.S. and need a new travel signature to re-enter, please specify this in your email.

If you do not plan on picking up your new I-20 at the CIS Front Desk, then you must request express mailing: https://study.eshipglobal.com

  • Please make sure that your name is entered exactly as it appears on your immigration documents. Select St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN as the sender address. Enter your student ID number in the student ID field.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of the delivery.

Final Evaluation

DHS requires students on STEM Extension to submit a final evaluation of training progress at the end of your STEM Extension.

24 months after your STEM OPT start date, you must log into the CIS Reporting Site to confirm that your name, residential address, employer information, and employment status are current and accurate. You must also summarize the progress you made toward the training goals outlined on your I-983 Training Plan. Therefore, you must also email page 5 of your I-983 (completed and signed by you and your employer) to:

  • Email: international@stcloudstate.edu
    • Subject: STEM Extension Final Evaluation
    • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email
    • Attach: Page 5 of I-983 with "Final Evaluation on Student Progress" completed and signed

This must be completed no later than 10 days following the conclusion of the 12-month reporting period.

Changes in Employment

If you change employers while on STEM Extension, your new employer must be enrolled in E-Verify before you begin to work for pay.

You must submit a new Form I-983 to the Center for International Studies within 10 days of starting to work for the new employer. You must also submit the final evaluation (page 5 of the I-983) to:

  • Email: international@stcloudstate.edu
    • Subject: STEM Extension Change in Employment
    • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email, last date of employment at previous employer, start date of new employer
    • Text: I will pick-up my new I-20 or I will set-up express mailing of my new I-20
    • Attach: Page 5 of I-983 with "Final Evaluation on Student Progress" completed and signed
    • Attach: New I-983 for new employer

A new I-20 is not automatically printed every time you make report or make changes to your STEM Extension. If you would like a new I-20 or have plans to travel outside of the U.S. and need a new travel signature to re-enter, please specify this in your email.

If you do not plan on picking up your new I-20 at the CIS Front Desk, then you must request express mailing: https://study.eshipglobal.com

  • Please make sure that your name is entered exactly as it appears on your immigration documents. Select St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN as the sender address. Enter your student ID number in the student ID field.
  • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of the delivery.

Change of Status while on STEM Extension

If you change your immigration status (e.g. from F-1 to H-1B) during your STEM Extension, you are required to submit official approval of your change to status to the Center for International Studies.

If you are approved for a change of status while on STEM Extension, you must do the following:

Email international@stcloudstate.edu

  • Subject: Change of Status Approval
  • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email
  • Text: From what status to what status (i.e. F-1 to H1B)
  • Attach: Proof of change of status approval

You must have the approval of the change of status, not the application for the change of status.