Tips for Completing the Form I-983
Students who are applying for the STEM OPT extension must complete form I-983 with their employer before submitting a request for the STEM OPT extension to the Office of Global Services.
Below are detailed instructions for completing Section 1 of the I-983. The remainder of the form includes information that you must complete with your employer. All fields and signatures must be complete before you submit the application to the OGS. The US government also has I-983 information for you and your employer to review when completing this form.
Only the E-verified employer that provides the actual training relevant to the student’s qualifying STEM degree is authorized to sign and complete the form I-983.
The information contained on this page is for general information purposes only. Due to frequent government updates, NYU OGS may make additions, deletions, or modifications to the contents on this page at any time without prior notice.
Please note, these directions are meant to help you in completing your application but should not be considered legal advice. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services ultimately provides the decision on your OPT application. It is your responsibility, as the OPT applicant, to ensure that your OPT application is accurate and complete before you submit it to the US government. Incomplete applications could result in a delay in processing time or denial. NYU in no event shall be held liable for any delay, denial, or mistake on your OPT application.
Detailed Instructions for Section 1 of the Form I-983
Student Email Address
Enter your preferred email address. Note that the OGS will continue to contact you at your NYU email address.
Name of School Recommending STEM OPT
New York University
Name of School Where STEM Degree Was Earned
- If this STEM OPT extension application is based on your most recent degree, enter New York University.
- If this STEM OPT extension application is based on a prior degree, enter the name of the US school where you completed a prior STEM degree.
SEVIS School Code Recommending STEM OPT (including 3-digit suffix)
This information can be found in the School Information section on page 1 of your most recent I-20. The school code begins with NYC214F. Write the complete number here.
Designated School Official (DSO) Name and Contact Information
Thomas Sirinides, 383 Lafayette St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10003-7011
Phone: (212) 998-4720, Email: email@example.com
Student SEVIS ID Number
Enter your SEVIS ID number, found at the top of page 1 of your most recent I-20.
STEM OPT Requested Period: (mm-dd-yyyy)
The start date should be the day after your current OPT expires as indicated on your Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The end date should be two years from the end date of your Post-completion OPT as indicated on your EAD.
Qualifying Major and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code
If this STEM extension application is based on your most recent degree, write the name of the major and the CIP code listed on your most recent I-20. The CIP code can be found on page 1 of the new format I-20 and page 3 of the previous format I-20.
If this STEM extension application is based on a prior degree, write the name of that major and the CIP code. The CIP code can be found on page 1 of the new format I-20 and page 3 of the previous format I-20. If you do not have an I-20 showing the CIP code for that degree, contact us for instructions on documents you will need to collect to show your eligibility for the STEM extension.
Level/Type of Qualifying Degree
Enter academic level for the STEM degree on which you are basing this application. For example, enter Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD, etc.
Enter date the degree was awarded, which is typically found on your official transcript.
Based on Prior Degree?
Answer “No” if this application is based on your most recently-completed degree from NYU. If the application is based on a prior degree, answer “yes”.
Employment Authorization Number
Enter the A# or USCIS # listed on your current EAD. It is usually in the format of xxx-xxx-xxx.
Signature of Student
Sign your name in ink. Please note that electronic signatures are NOT accepted at this time.
After completing Section 1, you should review the requirements in Section 2 and sign it. You will then need to meet with your employer to complete the rest of the form. The entire form must be completed with all relevant signatures before you submit your STEM OPT request to the OGS.
Section 4 & 6: Signature of Employer
These sections must be signed in ink by the Employer Official with Signatory Authority. Please note that electronic signatures are NOT accepted at this time.
Section 5: Role
Enter a description of the student's role with the employer and how that role is directly related to the student's knowledge obtained through his or her qualifying STEM degree.
Updates to Your Employment and the Form I-983
Students on the 24-month STEM OPT extension must submit a new Form I-983 to the OGS within 10 days of any changes in employer or any changes to their employment information. Changes in employment can include (but are not limited to):
- changes to the employer’s commitments or student’s learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983.
- any change of Employer Identification Number resulting from a corporate restructuring,
- any reduction in compensation from the amount previously submitted on the Form I‐983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students,” that is not tied to a reduction in hours worked,
- any significant decrease in hours per week that a student engages in a STEM training opportunity, and
- any decrease in hours below the 20‐hours‐per‐week minimum required under this rule.
Students who end employment on STEM OPT period need to have a completed, signed and dated “Final Evaluation of Student Progress” page of the I-983 based on the ended employment.