Email To: All F-1 Students on OPT
Date Sent: March 20, 2018
Important Information: Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Will Launch the SEVP Portal
On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool that F-1 students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or STEM extension of OPT can use to report changes to their home address, telephone number and employer information. As a student on OPT or STEM OPT, you will be eligible to use the portal. The portal is accessible from both your mobile device and computer.
You will receive an email with instructions on creating a portal account. This email will come from "firstname.lastname@example.org" and will be sent to the address you have reported to OIE. It will only be sent to students whose OPT or STEM OPT has been approved by USCIS. If you do not see the email by March 30, check your spam or junk mail folder. If you still do not see it, contact OIE at email@example.com to request that the email be sent again.
The SEVP Portal will allow you to:
- View details about your post-completion or STEM OPT.
- Report changes to your address, telephone and employer information.
- View and update data on all your employers in one place.
Any data updates you make in the portal will be sent directly to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Please Note: If you require a new I-20 - after you have updated your information (employer information only) through the SEVIS portal - then please go to OIE's OPT Reporting Tool to request a new I-20.
SEVP has created an SEVP Portal Help section on Study in the States with:
- Information about the portal.
- The SEVP Portal User Guide which provides screenshots and detailed step-by-step instructions for using the portal.
- SEVP Portal videos.
- A useful one-page reference sheet about the portal.
Use of the portal is currently voluntary, but highly recommended by SEVP and OIE. If you choose not to use the SEVP portal, then any employer information updates must still be reported directly to OIE within 10 days of any change using the OPT Reporting Tool (Post-OPT) or by emailing OIE (STEM OPT) at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.