Report Your OPT Employment

SEVIS "Portal"

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) now offers a “SEVP Portal” for students on OPT. On Day 1 of your approved OPT, you will receive an email from SEVP with instructions on how to create an account. Important! The use of the SEVP Portal is optional.

Whether or not you use the SEVP Portal, you are still REQUIRED to update Cornell’s Office of Global Learning as described on this web page for ALL OPT reporting requirements.

See below for information about reporting your OPT information to Cornell’s Office of Global Learning.

12 Month (Regular) OPT Reporting Requirements

While you are on the first 12 months of F1 OPT ("regular" OPT), your are required to report information about your employment to the Office of Global Learning within 10 days of moving, starting or ending employment, or any other changes. You will have to report the following information:

  • Your residential address, your current email address and phone number
  • Your employer's name and address
  • Any changes in your employment (ending a job, changing jobs)
  • If you change your immigration status (for instance, to H1B)
  • If you leave the U.S. and will no longer be using your F1 OPT

How to Report Employment and Address Changes for 12 month OPT

24 Month (STEM) OPT Reporting Requirements

Validation Reports and Evaluations

During the 24 months you are on STEM OPT, you have to report every six months. We have outlined the timeline and requirements for reporting below.

WARNING: Your F-1 record and your valid F1 status may be terminated for failure to submit these required updates within 10 days of the due date or change.

Six (6) months after the start date of your STEM EAD:

Twelve (12) months after the start date of your STEM EAD:

Eighteen (18) months after the start date of your STEM EAD:

Twenty-four (24) months after the start date of your STEM EAD:

At the end of each employment:

Change in STEM Employer:

If you change employers during your 24-Month STEM period follow these instructions.

Material Changes to I-983 STEM Employer

STEM OPT students must report material changes to, or deviations from, the I-983 formal training plan by:

Material changes include, but are not limited to:

  • Any change of the employer's EIN number, resulting from a change in the employer's ownership or structure.
  • Any reduction in student compensation that is not tied to a reduction in hours worked.
  • Any significant decrease in hours per week that a student engages in a STEM training opportunity.
  • Changes to the employer's commitments or student's learning objectives as documented on the Form I-983.

Employer's Reporting Requirements

If your employment is terminated for any reason, your employer is required to notify Cornell’s Office of Global Learning within 5 days. You must inform your employer of the reporting requirements at the end of your employment. Ask them to email Cornell’s Office of Global Learning with the following text in the subject line of the email: "OPT Employment Termination." Your name, your SEVIS ID number and the start and end date of the STEM employment must be included in the email message.