Forms and Information for International Students

Our offices has available all the forms and information an International student at Elizabethtown College while studying in the United States.

Student Handbook:

Admission Number (I-94):

As of May 2013, the paper I-94 will no longer be provided to students entering the United States at major ports-of-entry.  Rather, the I-94 has been automated and can be retrieved at any time by visiting:

Curricular Practical Training:

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) allows F-1 students to engage in paid off-campus employment as long as it is an integral part of their curriculum. This employment includes:  alternate work/study internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements  with the school.

Pre-requisites for CPT:

    • Practical training must be an integral (required) part of the curriculum still in progress and must be required by the academic program.
    • Student must be receiving course credit throughout the CPT period.
    • CPT must fulfill a specific academic objective; so, if an employment opportunity is solely sought because it is beneficial, relevant, or an excellent professional/personal experience this does NOT qualify for CPT.

Optional Practical Training:

F-1 students may qualify for Optional Practical Training (OPT), which allows them to engage in temporary employment to gain experience “directly related to the student’s major area of study.” In order to be eligible for OPT, students must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year.

Optional practical training is available both before (Pre-Completion OPT) and after (Post-Completion OPT) “completion of the course of study, or, for a student in a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree program, after completion of all course requirements for the degree (excluding dissertation).”

Students in English language training programs or non-degree seeking programs are not eligible for OPT.


 

STEM Extension Optional Practical Training:

 

If you are an F-1 student that is graduating or graduated with degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), you may be eligible for an extension of your F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Here are some information you may find useful.

 

Form I-983 Instructions:

The Form I-983 must be filled in completely and correctly.  If any box or section is left blank or incorrect, we will not be able to process your request and will ask that you submit again with the necessary updates.  This can delay the processing time of your request.

Whenever possible, the responses on Form I-983 should be typed.  If you are unable to do so, you may hand-write your responses.  However, all handwriting must be legible.  If we are unable to read your handwriting, we will ask you to resubmit the form either typed or with legible handwriting.  This can delay the processing time of your request.

 

If you need any assistance completing the Form I-983, please refer to these official instructions provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security:

Please see below for additional tips on how to fill out a Form I-983:

 

SECTION 1 - STUDENT INFORMATION

SEVIS School Code of School recommending STEP OPT

The SEVIS School Code can be found in the School Information section on page 1 of the new format I-20. 

    • Elizabethtown College:  PHI214F00289000

 

Designated School Official (DSO) Name and Contact Information

Please leave this section blank.  OISS will complete this section when your request is processed.

 

STEM OPT Requested Period

If you are applying for the 24-month extension, your requested period will begin immediately after your initial OPT period expires, and will end exactly 24 months later.

    • Example:  Your initial OPT expires on May 31, 2016.  Your STEM OPT requested period will be from June 1, 2016 - May 31, 2018.

If you are applying for the 7-month extension, you and your employer will be subject to the terms and conditions of Form I-983 as of the date of receipt at USCIS and thus your requested period should identify a start date on or before you submit your application to USCIS; your requested period will end exactly 24 months after your initial OPT period expired.

    • Example:  Your initial OPT expired on December 20, 2015 and you are currently on a 17-month extension.  You plan to submit your 7-month extension application to USCIS on June 1, 2016.  Your STEM OPT requested period will be from June 1, 2016 - December 20, 2017.

 

Qualifying Major and Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code

The Qualifying Major and CIP Code can be found in the Program of Study section on page 1 of the new format I-20 (or listed as the Primary Major on the top of page 3 of the old format I-20).

 

Based on Prior Degree?

If you are currently on OPT using a STEM-eligible degree, you should select  No.

If you are currently on OPT using a non-STEM-eligible degree, and you are applying using a prior degree that is STEM-eligible, you should select  Yes.

 

Employment Authorization Number

The Employment Authorization Number is equivalent to the USCIS # as it appears on the front of your EAD card.

 

SECTION 3: EMPLOYER INFORMATION

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code

If your employer or HR department is unable to provide you with this code, please refer to the full listing of NAICS codes as provided by the United States Census Bureau.

 

Start Date of Employment

This date is the start date of STEM OPT training with the employer, which may differ from the actual start date with the employer.  This date should match the start date listed under STEM OPT Requested Period in Section 1.

 

SECTION 5:  TRAINING PLAN FOR STEM OPT STUDENTS

Site Name

This is the employer's site name, which may be the same as the Employer Name in Section 3.  If you are working at a branch or subsidiary of a large company, or anywhere other than the headquarters, provide the name of the work site.  This is a physical location,  NOT a website.

 

Name of Official

The official in your employer's organization listed here will also be listed as your supervisor in your SEVIS record.

 

EVALUATIONS ON STUDENT PROGRESS

Please do not complete these pages The Evaluation on Student Progress and Final Evaluation on Student Progress (pages 6-7 of Form I-983) should not be completed at this time.  These evaluations should be submitted after 12 and 24 months of your STEM OPT period respectively

 

Signatures

Student and Employer Official signatures are required in Sections 2, 4 and 6, as well as the Evaluations of Student Progress.  These signatures must be signed in ink.  NO electronic signatures will be accepted.

 

If you need any assistance when completing Form I-983, please refer to these official instructions provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security:

 

 

Q&A about STEM OPT extension

 

For more information or questions, please contact Kristi Syrdahl, Director of International Students and Scholars, at 717-361-1594 or syrdahlk@etown.edu.