While on Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must continue to report certain information to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to maintain your F-1 visa status. The Office of International Services (OIS) is responsible for reporting this information on your behalf to DHS through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). It is imperative that you provide the documents and information below so that your SEVIS record may be updated appropriately.

Information to Report during Pre- and Post-Completion OPT

Information to Report

Supporting Documents to Send

How to report

Receipt of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Copy of front and back of EAD IP Connect
Change of address, email address, or phone number None IP Connect

Employment Updates:

  • Start & end date of employment
  • Change of employment
  • Loss of employment
None

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Change of legal name, as indicated on passport Copy of passport showing change IP Connect
Intention to change visa/immigration status Copy of I-797 Notice of Action Pending PR Form (if applicable) IP Connect
Approved change of visa/immigration status Copy of I-797 Notice of Approval IP Connect
Permanent departure from U.S. Departure Form (Find this on the Forms page) Email, fax, or mail

The information above must be reported to OIS within 10 days of the change. Failure to report this information may constitute a violation of your status and lead to termination of your SEVIS record. 90 consecutive days of unemployment reported to SEVIS may result in the termination of your SEVIS record and your employment authorization in the US.

Additional Reporting Requirements for Students on 24-Month OPT STEM Extension

In addition to the above reporting requirements, students on the 24-month STEM Extension should report the following information to OIS in order to maintain their F-1 status. Our webforms are most compatible with Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You may experience issues with these webforms if you are using Internet Explorer.

Information to Report

Supporting Documents to Send

Timelines

How to Report

Form I-983 Evaluation on Student Progress Within 12 months of the listed STEM OPT start date IP Connect
Form I-983 Final Evaluation on Student Progress By STEM OPT end date IP Connect
Validation Report None Every 6 months IP Connect

Employment Updates:

  • Start & end date of employment
  • Change of employment
  • Loss of employment
Form I-983 must be completed by student and employer for each new employer Within 10 days of the change

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Failure to report information in the above table within 10 days, failure to submit a validation report by the required due date, or the accumulation of 150 days of unemployment will constitute a violation of your immigration status and may result in your SEVIS record being automatically terminated, ending your F-1 status and employment authorization.