I’ve been working on the initial optional practical training (OPT) in F-1 status. I’m applying for the 24-month STEM OPT extension with my employer. We are now in the process of filling out the I-983 form, which I need to give to my DSO so that she can recommend the STEM extension and give me a new I-20 to send to the USCIS together with my application. …

… My employer says that we should put the company’s headquarters address in response to the question about the name and the address of the actual work site. Would this be acceptable? I’m working at different client sites for relatively short periods of time and my employer says it’s hard to tell where I’ll be working from in the future.


The I-983 must properly specify where the work will actually be performed. Your DSO will put this information into your SEVIS record, which will be reviewed by the USCIS once they receive your STEM OPT application. If the information is incorrect, your application may be denied with or without a finding of misrepresentation of actual facts. Therefore your employer must properly state where you will be working as of the date following the expiration of your initial OPT period. (26.May.2017)

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