Beginning with SEVIS Release 6.49 (scheduled release date November 17, 2019), DSOs will be able to upload Form I-983 training plans in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods. View SEVP's:
- SEVIS Release 6.49 Anticipated System Changes
- SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide
- SEVIS Release 6.49 Pre-Release Webinar, November 8, 2019, 2:00PM - 3:00PM Eastern Time
This relates to 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(ii)(C)(9)(iii), which provides:
(iii) The educational institution whose DSO is responsible for duties associated with the student’s latest OPT extension under paragraph (f)(10)(ii)(C)(2) of this section is responsible for ensuring the Student and Exchange Visitor Program has access to each individualized Form I- 983 or successor form and associated student evaluations (electronic or hard copy), including through SEVIS if technologically available, beginning within 30 days after the document is submitted to the DSO and continuing for a period of three years following the completion of each STEM practical training opportunity.
SEVP's SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide describes the new functionality as follows:
"DSOs may upload the Form I-983 in SEVIS when recommending initial STEM OPT, adding a STEM employer, and at the 12 and 24 month self-evaluation reporting periods."
The release will also add an "Alert list for students needing I-983 upload."
Note: When the SEVIS Release 6.49 Planning Guide was first published, it stated, "DSOs must upload the Form I-983 in SEVIS..." The current Planning Guide, last updated November 6, 2019, now reads "DSOs may upload the Form I-983 in SEVIS..." SEVP confirmed in its November 8, 2019 pre-release webinar (see SEVP pre-release webinar slides) that:
- "Use of Form I-983 Upload feature is optional, but encouraged," and
- "Use is date-forward; does not apply retroactively"
The new I-983 upload functionality will not be available in SEVIS batch. The SEVP planning guide says that, "Batch users recommending STEM OPT extensions or completing STEM reporting must log in to SEVIS to upload the Form I-983."
View SEVP's November 8, 2019 SEVIS Release 6.49 Pre-Release Webinar for additional clarifications.