» Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Optional Practical Training or OPT allows you to work for one year, following graduation, in a job related to your major or field of study. Each semester, International Student Services announces an OPT session for graduating seniors and grads which you are encouraged to attend for more detailed information. You can also make an appointment to speak with International Student Services about OPT directly. Students must have been in good status as an F-1 visa student for at least one academic year at the time they are applying.

How to Report Employment to SEVIS

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has launched the SEVP Portal for F-1 students participating in post-completion optional practical training (OPT). The portal will allow these (OPT approved) F-1 students to report personal and employer information directly to SEVP. Through the portal, these students will be able to:

  • Add or edit their phone number.
  • Add or edit their mailing and physical address.
  • Add or edit their employer information.

Please submit OPT form to ISS.

The only exception is that science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) OPT student trainees will not be able to add or change their own employer information. The Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students,” requires the student’s designated school official (DSO) to add employer information.

The student will receive an email from do-not-reply.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov. The subject line of the email will be: "Optional Practical Training Approval - the next step." Create an SEVP Portal account. The only way to get to the portal registration page is to use the link in this email. If a student does not receive a notification email they should:

  • Check their spam or junk mail folders.
  • Contact their DSO to:
  • Confirm that the correct email address is in their SEVIS record.
  • Request that the portal resend the account creation email.

 Visit Travel on OPT for information if you plan to travel outside the U.S. and then re-enter.

Frequently Asked Questions for OPT

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