F-1 OPT & STEM OPT Information for KU employer
F-1 Option Practical Training (OPT) is normally 12 months of work authorization and is typically used by a F-1 international student who just graduated with a degree from a U.S. college or university. To begin work the employee must present a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card issued by USCIS. OPT employment is required to be related to the student's degree program.
The employee should already be working with the international office from their degree granting university. It can take 3-5 months for the employee to get an EAD card from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
This is an interesting type of work authorization in that the employer has no responsibility to maintain the employee's immigration status in the United States. The maintenance of status is performed by the employee and their degree granting institution. If the employee graduated from KU, then the International Student Services office would continue to advise the graduated student and help them maintain their immigration status. OPT employment may be paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, and includes self-employment.
F-1 STEM OPT
F-1 students who hold degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) may be eligible to apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT), for a total of 36 months. Only students who have completed degrees in a STEM designated field qualify for this extension. Please contact your degree granting university's international office to find out if your degree program is eligible for STEM OPT. In addition to having completed a degree in a STEM field of study, you must have a job offer or be working for an employer registered with "E-Verify," a federal employment verification system and you and your employer must complete the Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT students.
If you continue your employment at KU by using STEM OPT, then your KU Dean, Chair, Director, or supervisor should complete and sign Form I-983, Training Plan for STEM OPT students (pdf). They are referred to as the "employer" on Form I-983. The employer should complete and sign several sections of the form (section 3, section 4, and section 6). Please follow the instructions below for instructions on several fields in section 3.
University of Kansas E-Verify Number: 264014
FORM I-983 (.pdf)
Section 3: Employer Information
- Employer Name: The University of Kansas
- Employer Address: 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas 66045
- Employer Website URL: www.ku.edu
- Employer ID Number (EIN): 48-1124839
- Number of Full-Time Employees in U.S.: 10,089
- North American Industry Classification System Code: 611310
- Start Date of Employment (or Start date of STEM OPT; whichever is later)
Please note that International Support Service staff cannot prepare or sign the Form I-983 on behalf of KU.