Recently the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expanded the requirements for maintenance of status under OPT and the STEM Extension. Students must now explain how their employment is related to their course of study. This information must be reported in SEVIS along with employer updates and U.S. contact information updates, whenever the information changes. To facilitate collecting this new information, OIS has created a new OPT Employment Validation Form for students to use when updating their employment information or requesting the STEM Extension.
When providing the explanation of how the employment is related to the course of study, it is recommended that students use specific language from their job description or other relevant employer sources. OIS cannot tell students what to place in this field. Students should speak with their supervisor or HR managers regarding any questions about their job description.