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STEM OPT Training Plan (Form I-983)

Before we can issue a 24 month STEM OPT I-20, we must collect your completed I-983 Training Plan.

Fillable I-983 Training Plan 

Fillable I-983 Training Plan Addendum

General Guidance for the I-983 Training Plan

When completing the I-983 Training Plan with your company, it is important to remember you’re an F-1 Student, sponsored by SCU, not a worker, on a work visa sponsored by the company.

Focus less on job title, duties, or the ways you benefit the company. Focus more on ways training with this company will benefit you and your education. Focus on what you want to learn and how your education will be enhanced across the 24 months you will be engaged in training.

The form must be typed. Complete all sections. Do not leave any portions of the form blank. If the field does not apply, fill in N/A. If you need more space to complete a section of the form, please our fillable I-983 Training Plan Addendum.

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Section 1: Student Information

This section should be completed by the student.

  • Student Name: Last Name, First Name exactly as it appears on your I-20 and SEVIS record
  • Student Email Address
  • Name of School Recommending STEM OPT: Santa Clara University
  • Name of School Where STEM Degree Was Earned: Santa Clara University (if you are filing based on a non-SCU degree, you must meet with an ISS Advisor prior to completing this form).
  • SEVIS School Code: SFR214F00607000
  • DSO Name and Contact Information: Please enter these general details
    • Susan Peters, PDSO
    • Sarah Bonnel, DSO
    • Santa Clara University, Global Engagement Office
    • 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
    • 408-551-3019 / ISS@scu.edu
  • Student SEVIS ID Number: Enter your SEVIS ID number, it's found on your I-20 and starts with "N"
  • STEM OPT Requested Period: Enter the period during which you are requesting to engage in STEM OPT, typically the day after your OPT expires to 24 months later.
  • Qualifying Major and CIP Code: Enter your major name as it appears on your diploma and then your CIP code (such as 14.0103 (this is on your I-20). For example:
    • Correct: Computer Science and Engineering / 14.0901 Incorrect: Computer Engineering, General / 14.0901
    • Correct: Information Systems / 11.0103  Incorrect: Information Technology / 11.0103
  • Level of Qualifying Degree: enter your qualifying degree type (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D)
  • Date Awarded: enter the date from your diploma
  • Based on Prior Degree? Select No. If you are filing based on a non-SCU degree, you must meet with an ISS Advisor prior to completing this form.
  • Employment Authorization Number: Enter your USCIS Number (XXX-XXX-XXX) not your Card Number (WAC-XX-XXX-XXXX)

Please make sure that this section is entirely completed before signing the certification and submitting the I-983 to our office.

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Section 2: Student Certification

 

Please review this section carefully, sign and date it before you submit the I-983 to our office.

You must sign the form (typed or electronic sigantures are not excepted). We will accept scanned versions of the signed forms.

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Section 3: Employer Information

This section should be completed by the employer.

  • Employer Name: Must be the full legal name of the company
  • Employer Address: Must be the company's mailing address.
  • Employer Website: If no website exists, list N/A
  • Employer ID Number (FEIN)
  • Number of Employees: Include all Full‐Time employees in the United States
  • North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code
  • OPT Training Hours Per Week: Must be a minimum of 20 hours per week
  • Start Date of Employment: Enter the date when the student will begin the STEM OPT with the employer (note that this often not the day the student started working for the company)
  • Compensation: This section must include the total salary and the frequency of pay (per hour, week, bi‐weekly, monthly, annually etc) and should list all other forms of compensation (signing bonuses, stock options, 401K contributions, insurance offerings, housing, tuition waivers, transportation reimbursements etc).

This information is used to determine employer's compliance with the attestation that the terms and conditions of a STEM practical training opportunity are similar to similarly situated U.S. workers.

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Section 4: Employer Attestations

This section should be reviewed carefully and completed by the employer. Note that the employer is agreeing to follow the terms outlined in the training plan and attesting that they will provide "on site supervision and training... by experienced and knowledgeable staff"

This must be signed and dated by the employer official before you submit the I-983 to our office. The employer must sign the form (typed or electronic signatures are not excepted). We will accept scanned versions of the signed forms.

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Section 5: Training Plan Information

This should be completed by the student and employer together.

  • Student Name: enter your name (last name, first name) as it appears on your I-20 and SEVIS record
  • Employer Name: enter the full legal name of the company
  • Site Name: enter the name of the location where the student will be engaged in training ("Corporate Headquarters" or "Arizona Branch Office" etc)
  • Site Address: enter the exact address where the student will be engaged in training
  • Name of Official: enter the name of the person at the company who will monitor the student's goals and performance. This does not have to be the same person as in the employer attestation section. This person will sign the employer certification.
  • Official’s Title: enter the title of the person at the company who will monitor the student's goals and performance.
  • Official’s Email: enter the email of the person at the company who will monitor the student's goals and performance.
  • Official’s Phone Number: enter the phone number of the person at the company who will monitor the student's goals and performance.

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Student Role

This section should be completed by the company in consultation with the student.

DHS Guidance: "Describe what tasks and assignments the student will carry out during the training and how these relate to the student's STEM degree. The plan must cover a specific span of time and detail specific goals and objectives."

Questions to consider: What are the student's job responsibilities, duties and tasks? How will these change over the 24 month training period? How do the student's job responsibilities, duties and tasks expand and enhance the knowledge gained in the student's STEM degree program? How does the student's specific learning goals and educational objectives align with the student's day-to-day tasks?

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Goals and Objectives

This section should be completed by the company in consultation with the student.

DHS Guidance: "Describe the specific skills, knowledge and techniques the student will learn or apply; how the student will achieve the goals set out for his or her training and the training curriculum, including the timeline.”

Things to consider: Why did the student accept this training position? Why does the student want to work with this company? What is the student gaining from this training other than a pay check and experience for her/his resume? What are the student's learning goals and educational objectives for this job? What knowledge does the student hope to gain? What does the student hope to learn more about? What tools and techniques does the student want to improve upon or gain experience with? How will the company help the student meet and achieve these learning goals and objectives? How will the company lead the student's learning and experience? How will the student's assignments, responsibilities, duties, and tasks help the student meet his/her educational goals? How will the student be expected to improve over the 24 month training period? How will the student's goals and objectives change over the 24 month period to enhance the student's learning?

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Employer Oversight

This section should be completed by the company in consultation with the student.

This section should outline the student's day-to-day oversight and supervision, including any project management methodologies, an outline of the student's regular interactions with team members, mentors, managers and supervisors, as well as any unit or company-wide best practices or policies regarding supervision.

Things to consider: What kind of mentoring, oversight and supervision will the student receive? Who does the student report to? How do the student report to them? Who supervises the student's work and progress? How often does the student meet with that person individually or in a team setting?

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Assessments and Measures

This section should be completed by the company in consultation with the student.

This should outline the company's practice or policy regarding review, evaluations, assessment and feedback.

Things to consider: How does the company know if the student is doing a "good job"? How does the company know if the student is meeting the learning objectives for this training? How does the company know what the student needs to improve on, gain more experience with or learn more about? How is the student assigned new, or more complex tasks? How are the student's accomplishments evaluated and recognized? How will the student know if she/he is meeting her/his learning goals and objectives?

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Additional Remarks

This section should be completed by the company in consultation with the student.

Use this section to provide any additional information about the training plans. This section can include information on any resources related to professional development and education that the company will make available to the student, such as membership in professional organizations, conference attendance, training sessions, seminars, webinars, informational libraries etc.

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Employer Certification

This must be signed and dated by the employer official before you submit the I-983 to our office. The employer must sign the form (typed or electronic signatures are not excepted). We will accept scanned versions of the signed forms.

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12 and 24 Month Evaluations

You are not required to complete this section at the time of your initial STEM OPT filing. However, this section must be completed at the 12 and 24 month points of the STEM OPT Extension. 

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Additional Resources

The government has developed resources to assist students and employers in the completion of this form:

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