The SEVP Portal is a way for you to directly access your SEVIS Records and update your personal or employer information (Post-Completion OPT only).
Your SEVP Portal information will be emailed to you directly from SEVP on the day that your OPT Work Authorization begins.
Please refer to the FAQs below to learn about the SEVP Portal and how to use it properly.
Reporting Employment: SEVP Portal
The SEVP Portal allows students on OPT to create a Portal account and update the following details in their SEVIS record:
Add or edit their phone number
Add or edit their mailing and physical address
Add or edit employer information (post-completion OPT only, not available on STEM).
Students will get an SEVP Portal email to their Stevens email account on the day OPT begins, not the day OPT is approved. An email will come from [email protected]. If you do not see the email, check your spam or junk mail folder. If you have not received an email, it may be that your SEVIS record still shows your application as pending instead of approved. This is not a problem. In this situation, reach out to [email protected] by sending your approved EAD card and ISSS will work with SEVIS to get your record updated.
The link for setting up the Portal account expires in 14 days, so make sure you set up your account as soon as you get the email.
If you do not update the SEVP with employment within 10 days of the start date, you will no longer be able to add the information. In this case, you must submit the Employer Update Form to ISSS.
Information in the Portal is sent immediately to SEVIS and your immigration advisor (DSO) will be able to view the information.
If you have questions regarding the SEVP Portal, please visit Study in the States for additional information and videos on navigating the Portal.
SEVP Portal Tips for Updating Employment
If you change employers and you are adding a new employer, do not delete the previous employer or edit the previous employer and override the information. You will update the end date of the previous employer and add a new employer to report the change in employer.
You should only delete an employer if you never worked for the employer.
You should only edit previous employment if there is incorrect or missing information for that employment segment.
In the 'Relation to Field of Study' field, you need to explain how the job relates to your degree or coursework. Examples can be found below:
Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering:
I work full time as an Electrical Engineer at ABC Corp., a government contractor. In my job, I analyze client requirements for electrical systems and provide them with cost estimates of such systems. My work requires understanding of electrical circuit theory, which I studied in-depth at the University of ABC.
Bachelor's degree in Business:
I work full time as a Loan Officer at a mortgage company, Happy Homes, where I meet with clients and evaluate, authorize and recommend approval of loan applications. On a daily basis, I use the knowledge I gained in my credit analysis, sales and marketing classes that took as part of my major program of study.
Master's degree in Kinesiology:
I am working 25 hours a week in a health food store as a consultant for Self-Made Inc., designing and teaching exercise classes that are incorporated into a customer's overall nutrition and exercise plan . My designs and customer instruction draw upon my studies and classwork in exercise therapy and physical reconditioning.
Master's degree in Music:
I am working at a hospital playing the harp in patient rooms. I also conduct hands-on harp beginner workshops for long-term patients. On average, I work at the hospital 35 hours a week. My duties directly utilize the skills and knowledge I acquired from my coursework and degree in music therapy.
PhD in Computer Science:
I am employed as a Computer and Information Research Scientist at ABC Research Institute. I work as part of a team of scientists and engineers that designs experiments to test the operation of various software systems. My work builds on research in complex algorithms and machine learning, which I studied as part of my dissertation.
If you are working at a company branch, client location, working from home, or any other location that is different from the employer's main location, you can enter this information in the 'Relation to the Field of Study' field. For example, if you are working at client ABC you can write, "Working at client ABC located at 123 Happy Lane, Hoboken, NJ 07030."
The Study in the States website has wonderful SEVP Portal Student User Guide to assist you with entering your employer information. and making other updates to your profile.
SEVP account creation information will be sent to your Stevens email account which is the account in your SEVIS record. If you want to change your Stevens email to a preferred email account, you must email [email protected] with the following details:
Your SEVIS ID Number
Your preferred email address
Your email account will be updated within approximately five business days. Once your email account has been updated, you will receive an account reset email from [email protected]
The SEVP Portal is a new system, so you may experience difficulties accessing the Portal or creating your account. If you cannot access the Portal, create an account, or you are locked out of your account, you must email [email protected] with the following details:
Your SEVIS ID Number
That this is an SEVP Reset Request
ISSS will reset your account within 5 business days. Once your account is reset, you will receive an account reset email from [email protected] Please note that once you receive the email from SEVP, you will have a window of time to activate the link before it expires.
No, you do not need to update ISSS after you make changes in the SEVP Portal. Keep in mind that you must report a change of address, contact information, and employer information within 10 days of the change.
If you need an updated I-20 for travel or a change of status application, please download the I20 Application Form and email the completed form to [email protected] to request an updated I-20. Employment updates in the Portal will not generate an I-20; you must complete the form and submit it to ISSS. As a reminder, travel signatures while on OPT/STEM OPT are valid for 6 months.
No, you cannot use the SEVP Portal to update employment due to the requirements related to the I-983 Training and Evaluation Plan. You can, however, update your phone number and address. If you are on STEM OPT, continue to update ISSS by sending the Employer Update Form and your I-983 to [email protected]