OPT Reporting

As a student on initial or extended OPT, you are required by US immigration regulations to report the following events to USCIS within ten days:

  • A legal name change
  • A change in your residential or mailing address
  • A change in your employer or loss of employment

Reporting Updates through the SEVP Portal

The SEVP portal provides you with the opportunity to view and update information found on your SEVIS records. This includes, your address, telephone number, and OPT employment information.

On Day 1 of your Approved Post-completion OPT you will receive an email from Do-Not-Reply.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov with instructions on how to create an account. This email is auto generated on or after your OPT state date listed on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card. It will be sent to the email address* provided on the OPT I-20 request form. Please follow the instructions in this email to set up your portal and report your required information.

  • Check your spam and junk email folders if you didn’t receive the email to your inbox.
  • If you become locked out of the portal, click the reset password link on the SEVP Portal login page. If you are still locked out, please send an email to iss@rit.edu with a request to have your portal account reset. Please be sure to include your full name and SEVIS ID number with your request.

Any changes made within the portal will be viewable by ISS. Therefore, no additional notice to our department is required.

*Note that students who listed their RIT email address on the OPT I-20 request form should use the @rit.edu domain (not the @g.rit.edu domain) when setting up their portal account.

Log-in to the SEVP Portal
Additional SEVP Portal support

Reporting While on STEM OPT

If you are participating in the 24-month STEM OPT Extension you must report to ISS at least every 6 months, and more if you have an employment change.

Detailed reporting instructions