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