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OPT Employer Report

Submit this form to report the legitimacy of your 12-month OPT employment. Submit a separate form for each employer.

How to Report

  1. Login to complete the OPT Employment Update request.
    • DO NOT create a new report form if you already started another request.

Reporting Requirements

  • You are required to report your OPT employment, telephone number, and mailing and/or physical address(es) updates within 10 days of the change. You may use the SEVP Portal to update these changes.
    • On your approved OPT start date, you will receive an email from (make sure OISS has your current email address) with instructions and a link to create your SEVP Portal account.
      • The link to create your account will expire within 14 days of the date the email is sent; create your account even if you do not have anything to update.
      • If you do not see the email in your inbox, check your spam or junk mail folder.
      • If you still do not see it within 48 hours of your approved start date, contact OISS at to request an account reset.
      • Any updates made using the SEVP Portal will go directly to SEVIS.
      • If you cannot update your employment in the SEVP Portal because it is past the 10-day reporting timeline, submit the OPT Employment Update request.
    • You do not need to submit your offer letter to OISS if you use the SEVP Portal.
  • A requirement of your OPT is that your employment is related to your major.
    • After adding an employer in the SEVP Portal, email OISS at to notify us in order for us to confirm the relationship between your employment and major.
  • If you need to change your email address, use the Contact Information Update request.
  • Note: you have 90 days of unemployment on OPT from the start date listed on your EAD card.
    • If you do not report full-time employment (at least 20 hours per week), the unemployment time will be counted.
    • You may have multiple employers.
    • Employment may be paid, unpaid, internship, volunteer, or self-employment within your major as indicated on the first page of your I-20.
      • Total work hours should be at least 20 hours per week to maintain your F-1 status.
      • If the weekly hours are variable, the average at the end of one month should be at least 20 hours per week.
  • The SEVP Portal will allow you to:
    • View details about your post-completion OPT.
    • Report changes to your mailing and/or physical address(es) and telephone number.
    • 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) and OISS will have access to it.
  • Go to SEVP Portal Help for more detailed information.
  • OPTIONAL: If you want a new I-20 with your OPT employer information, complete the OPT Employment Update request and select that you want a new I-20. This is optional, you are not required to get a new I-20.