Employment and Reporting on Pre- or Post-Completion OPT

Once your Pre- or Post-Completion OPT Application has been approved and you have received your EAD Card, it is important to maintain your F-1 Status throughout your OPT Period.

Updating your employment with SEVP:

Students must update their SEVP portal within 10 days upon the following events:

  • Receiving initial employment on OPT

  • Changing jobs while on OPT

  • Reporting unemployment while on OPT

If you do not update your employment within 10 days, the SEVP Portal will no longer allow you to make updates. In this case, you must enter your ISSS Student Portal and submit an OPT Employer Update Request with ISSS.

Employment Updates

Name, Phone, or Address Changes

Reporting Unemployment while on OPT

Students on OPT are permitted 90 days of unemployment during the 12-month period of OPT.

After 90 days of unemployment, you are out of status. You should depart the U.S. on or before the 90th day of unemployment. Once you depart the U.S. you should submit the Complete Program Request in your ISSS Student Portal.

F-1 OPT Job Duties – Sample Explanations

All employment while on post-completion OPT must be related to your degree program. While on the STEM OPT extension, employment must be directly related to the degree that qualifies you for the extension. You are responsible for explaining the direct relationship between the job and your degree.

** These are sample explanations to help guide you. Do not copy the samples for your own use. **

Sample Explanations from SEVP Policy Guidance issued on September 27, 2019.

Active OPT Employment Resources

Use the resources below to learn about maintain your F-1 Status while on OPT.

ISSS: SEVP Portal Login

If updating information in the SEVP Portal, please review the information on this webpage.

SEVP Portal
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ISSS: OPT Work Authorization FAQs

Many of the questions you may have about updating employment while on OPT can be answered on our OPT Work Authorization FAQ page.

OPT Work Authorization Frequently Asked Questions
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EAD Card Replacement

If you have received your EAD card and find that there is an error on the card, such as a name misspelling, birth date error, or the wrong OPT Category was issued, or if you have lost your EAD Card, please refer to the information on this webpage to request a new EAD Card from USCIS.

Apply for a Replacement EAD Card
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