The Form I-983 requires two signatures of the “Employer Official with Signatory Authority,” on page 2 and page 4. Each signature indicates that the signer will comply with the statements they are certifying. The sponsoring department will determine who, within the sponsoring department, is the appropriate “signatory authority” and therefore responsible for following through on all attestations; the signatory for pp.2 and 4 do not necessarily have to be the same person within the department.
The designated signatory authority(ies) of the department must work with the student to properly complete the Form I-983 (PDF) following federal instructions; the student completes and certifies the “Student Information” section and the departmental signer the “Employer Information” section. Both parties work together to complete the “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.” The Form I-983 will need to be completed before a student can apply for their STEM OPT extension or, for students currently on the STEM OPT extension and newly hired at UC San Diego, within 10 days of hiring. Pages 5-7 (the evaluations) will only be completed later, at the 12- and 24-month periods of the STEM OPT employment.
Note the following specialized information for completion of the employer section:
- Employer ID Number: 95-6006144
- Number of Full-Time Employees in U.S.: 11,000+
- North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code: 611310
Once completed, the student will need to provide the Form I-983 to a Designated School Official (DSO) at their home institution, who will recommend them for the STEM OPT extension to U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Departments should keep a copy of this formal training plan on file, as it has vital contact information for the student’s DSO.
The signatory authority must review the student’s annual self-evaluation (pp. 6-7 of the Form I-983) and certify its accuracy. It is the student’s responsibility to commence their 12- and 24-month self-evaluations in a timely fashion. The student must submit the certified self-evaluation to a DSO at their home institution within 10 days following conclusion of the applicable evaluation period.
The signatory authority must work with the student to report to a DSO at the student’s home institution any material changes to or deviations from the formal training plan by completing a new Form I-983. For some examples of material changes, see STEM OPT Reporting Requirements.
The signatory authority must notify the DSO at the student’s home institution when the student’s employment is ended for any reason before the end of the authorized extension period. Notification must happen no later than five business days after the student’s employment terminates.
DSO contact information for this notification is included on page 1 of Form I-983; name of student and separation date is all the information that is required.
Dear [Designated School Official (DSO) name from Form I-983]:
The F-1 STEM OPT employee, [first name LAST NAME, DOB: MM/DD/YYYY] has ended employment with University of California, San Diego, on [MM/DD/YYYY], prior to the end date of their currently approved F-1 STEM OPT employment. We are reporting this early end of employment to you within 5 business days per requirements outlined on Form I-983. If you have any questions, please contact me.