During the OPT/STEM OPT and Unemployment

You are still an F-1 student here at SD Mines. While on OPT and STEM OPT, you are required to keep your SEVIS record up-to-date and report certain information to maintain your F-1 status. Reporting information can include but is not limited to: your physical address (no P.O. Boxes), employment information, and any other status reports.

SD Mines OPT or STEM Extension Reporting Form

Initial 12-Month OPT Reporting Requirements (First Year)

Update your OPT employment or student personal information within 10 days of the change to the Ivanhoe International Center online through our OPT or STEM Extension Reporting Form.

24-Month STEM Extension OPT Reporting Requirements

Update your OPT employment or student personal information within 10 days of the change to the Ivanhoe International Center online through our OPT or STEM Extension Reporting Form.

Employment and Unemployment Information

During the period of OPT authorization, a student should be working or actively seeking employment. There are limits to what jobs count as employment and to the numbers of days you may remain unemployed.

Early Completion of OPT/STEM OPT

During the Period of OPT/STEM OPT authorization, a student would be working or actively seeking employment. If you decide to quit your job, or if you do not find a job, keep the unemployment rules in mind:

  • Students on post-completion OPT/STEM OPT may have up to 90 days of unemployment.
  • Students who are granted a 24-month extension are given an additional 60 days of unemployment for a total of 150 days over their entire post-completion OPT/STEM OPT period.

After your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) expires, you are allowed a 60-day grace period to depart the U.S., change your status, or begin a new F-1 program (you are not allowed to work during this time).

(See also the reporting requirements related to your loss of employment.)

Studying on OPT/STEM

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Email: International@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
Skype: sdsmt.international

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