Carnegie Mellon University

Post-Completion OPT Reporting

F-1 students beginning their Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) or STEM OPT Extension must report certain key details regarding employment to OIE. This reporting is required to maintain legal status and eligibility for employment in the United States.

Reporting Requirements for Post-Completion 12-Month OPT

Students on Post-Completion (12-month) OPT, need to report certain employment and personal information changes in the SEVP Portal within ten days of any change. Including:

    • Changes to name, residence, or mailing address
    • Changes to immigration status (changing from F-1 to H-1B)
    • Employment changes (if you leave a job, change jobs, etc.)
    • Name and address of an OPT employer
    • Start and end dates of OPT employment
    • If you decide to terminate your OPT status and leave the U.S.

As a reminder, OPT employment must be directly related to your major field of study. View this PDF for sample OPT job explanations.

SEVP Portal

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal is a tool for F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT) or STEM OPT. You can use the portal to report changes to your home address, telephone number and employer information.

After graduation and before your OPT start date, update your email in the MyOIE Portal (Current Student login) to your personal email address to ensure you receive the SEVP Portal email. Submit the “Change Email Address for SEVP Portal” e-Form to update your email.

On your OPT start date, SEVP will send you an email with instructions on creating your SEVP Portal account. These emailed instructions will come from do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov. Your instructions for accessing the SEVP Portal will be sent to the email listed in SEVIS. Be sure to check your spam or junk mail folders! If you do not receive an email, please complete the “Unlock SEVP Portal Account” e-form in the MyOIE Portal.

On and through the duration of your OPT, use the MyOIE Portal (Limited Services Login) to access any e-forms. 

You must log into the SEVP Portal within two weeks of receiving the email, or you will be locked out of the system. View Frequently Asked Questions to find out what to do if you have been locked out of the portal.

SEVP has a SEVP Portal Help section on the Study in the States website, where you can find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials for using the portal.

Double-check all of your email accounts and your spam/junk folder.

If you have reached your OPT start date but still have not received an email, complete the "Unlock SEVP Portal Account" e-form through the MyOIE Portal

While reporting via the SEVP Portal is the preferred reporting method, students on Post-Completion (12-month) OPT may also submit updates using the MyOIE Portal.  If you failed to report employment within the 10 day regulatory requirement, you must use the MyOIE Portal to report the employment. If you want to report employment prior to your OPT start date, you also must use the MyOIE Portal. Submit the “Report Post-Completion OPT Employer/Address Update '' e-form to report employment in the MyOIE Portal. Please use only one reporting method, the SEVP Portal or MyOIE Portal, to ensure the accuracy of your F-1 record.

Follow these detailed instructions for accessing the MyOIE Portal after graduation.

Need an Updated I-20?

Complete the “Report Post-Completion OPT Employer/Address Update” e-form through the MyOIE Portal and check “yes” when asked “Would you like to request an updated OPT Employer I-20?” The processing time is five business days.