My period of initial optional practical training (OPT) employment will end in a few weeks. I have been working as a software engineer at a client site. …

… I would like to apply for a 24-month STEM extension, based on this arrangement, but I heard from some of my friends that I am not allowed to work remotely at a client site during the STEM OPT period. Is this true?


SEVP has confirmed that consulting and staffing companies are allowed to sign training plans (form I-983) as employers of F-1 students during the STEM OPT even if their student employees are working remotely or offsite. However, these employers must show that they meet all of the employer obligations, including an ability to provide supervision of their student employees as they meet their training goals and expectations. (21.Oct.2016)

Questions frequently reach us from students on a variety of matters. This is a sample question, answered by an attorney in our firm. More information can be found in the student section of MurthyDotCom.

Access more FAQs here.


Copyright © 2016, MURTHY LAW FIRM. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: The information provided here is of a general nature and may not apply to any specific or particular circumstance. It is not to be construed as legal advice nor presumed indefinitely up to date.