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F – 1 Students


24-Month STEM OPT Extension


Summary

Are you having problems with your SEVP account?

Complete this form so ISSS can help

NOTE: Students should create a SEVP Portal account when they receive the email even if they do not have updates at that time. The link will expire after 31 days.

F-1 students on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) OPT can use the SEVP Portal to report changes to their home address and telephone number. All students on STEM OPT are required to use the SEVP Portal to update some of their information.

What is the SEVP Portal?

The SEVP Portal (or portal) is an online system that allows certain students to have limited access to update their SEVIS record. It is accessible from both mobile devices and computers.

What is a SEVIS record?

SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is a nationwide, Internet-based system that the U.S. government uses to maintain accurate and current information on non-immigrant students and their dependents (F and J). ISSS has access to SEVIS records for UMN students in order to create and update I-20s, report address and enrollment information, etc.

What can students on STEM OPT do in the SEVP Portal?

After creating an account and login, the SEVP Portal will allow students on STEM OPT to:

  • Report changes to their physical address, mailing address, and telephone.
  • Edit changes to their employer information.
  • View details about their STEM OPT.

As always, students on STEM OPT are required to report changes within 10 days.  Any data updates made in the portal will be sent directly to SEVIS.

Do students on STEM OPT have to use the SEVP Portal?

Students on STEM OPT are required to report residential address, telephone number, and some employment updates directly through the SEVP Portal.

Students on STEM OPT should use the 24-Month STEM OPT Reporting Form to submit a copy of their EAD card, report any employer changes and upload a completed I-983, do their six-month reporting, and submit annual evaluations.

Students should also continue to update their address and telephone number on MyU so the University can contact you.

Students on STEM OPT are still required to send a copy of their EAD card to ISSS via the 24-Month STEM OPT Reporting Form, if they have not yet.

Can students on STEM OPT ask ISSS to make these changes?

No, ISSS will not make changes for STEM OPT students for their residential address and telephone number. You must use the SEVP Portal for this.

How will students on STEM OPT know the information entered in the SEVP Portal is in SEVIS?

The SEVP Portal will automatically update a student’s SEVIS record.

How will students on STEM OPT get access to the SEVP Portal?

All students on STEM OPT will receive an email message with instructions on creating a portal account from do-not-reply.sevp@ice.dhs.gov. The subject line will be “OPT Approval - the next step. Create an SEVP Portal account” The message will go to their UMN email address.

What if a students on STEM OPT does not receive the email or has problems using the SEVP Portal?

If a student does not receive the email, they should first check their spam folder (directions available here). If they still do not see it, or if they have problems, inform ISSS by filling out this form.

Can students on STEM OPT add a new employer, update their current employer’s information, submit their 6-month reporting, or submit their evaluations to the SEVP Portal?

To add a new employer, students on STEM OPT must submit a completed form I-983 to ISSS, and ISSS will enter the new employer information in SEVIS.

Students on STEM OPT must continue to submit the 6-month reporting information and annual evaluations directly to ISSS.

What if a student on STEM OPT does not report employment information or changes in their address or telephone?

All F-1 students have always been required to report this information within 10 days of the change or update.  This requirement has not changed; the SEVP Portal is just a different, and more direct, way to report.

Failure to report changes to a student's address, telephone, or employment within 10 days of the update or change may result in loss of their STEM OPT status or other immigration benefits.

Where can a student find more information?

SEVP has created an SEVP Portal Help section with:

If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.

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