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Immigration Law

A Closer Look At The Form I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Apr. 27, 2016- "In order to obtain this new 24-month STEM OPT, the employer must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and be enrolled in and using the E-Verify program at the STEM OPT worksite. The employment opportunity must be directly related to the student’s qualifying STEM degree and there must be an employer-employee relationship between the employer and the student. Therefore, employment for staffing agencies or other labor-for-hire arrangements will not qualify. The student is also not permitted to engage in concurrent employment for multiple employers during the STEM OPT period but is permitted to change STEM OPT employers. Within 10 days of the employment start date, the student and the new employer must complete a Training Plan on Form I-983 and submit it to the DSO. Let’s take a closer look at this elaborate Training Plan..."

- Cora-Ann V. Pestaina