OPT Reporting (OPT and STEM Extension)

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SEVP Portal


The SEVP Portal allows you to access your SEVIS OPT record. You may use the portal to review your employer information, but you are still required to submit OPT reports to the ISSO. ISSO recommends using the SEVP Portal as a viewing tool only.

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OPT Reporting

Now that your OPT has been approved, keep the following things in mind.

You begin to count days without employment from the start date on your EAD. It will include any days before the start date of your employment and any days between jobs.

If possible, obtain a signed letter from your hiring official, supervisor, or manager stating how your degree is related to the work performed.

Keep a record of all your employment. For each job, maintain evidence of the job title, dates of employment, contact information for your supervisor, and a description of the work. It is useful to have these personal records available in case any questions arise during OPT or in a future employment-based application, such as H-1B.

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How to Report During Post-Completion OPT

Step 1.

Report OPT employment and other changes no later than 10 days after the change.

You must report the following:

Step 2

Log in to Compass for Post-Completion OPT Reports

This section is only for Post-Completion OPT. If a change of your US address is the only change you need to report, follow instructions on our Change of Address page.

To report during your 24-month STEM OPT extension, log in to Compass in the STEM Reporting section below..

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STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

You and your employer have STEM OPT reporting obligations throughout your STEM OPT training period. You must submit a report every 6 months from your STEM EAD start date even if your employment information has remained the same.

You need to report any change to your name, address, place of employment or end of employment within 10 days. If a change of your US address is the only change you need to report, follow instructions on our Change of Address page.

You must submit a report every 6 months from your STEM EAD start date even if your employment information has remained the same. Refer to Types of STEM OPT Reports in Step 1 below.

The total of 150 days includes any days of unemployment that accrued during your period of Post-Completion OPT

Keep a record of all your employment. Maintain evidence — for each job — of the position held, proof of the duration of that position, the job title, contact information for the your supervisor or manager, and a description of the work. If possible, obtain a signed letter from your hiring official, supervisor, or manager stating how your degree is related to the work performed.

It is useful to have these personal records available in case any questions arise during OPT or in a future employment-based application, such as H-1B.

Check here for information about E-Verify.

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How to Report During STEM OPT

Step 1

Gather your documents and information

STEM OPT Reporting

Types of STEM OPT Reports

You must submit a report every 6 months from your STEM EAD start date even if your employment information has remained the same.

Step 2

Log in to Compass

This form is only for reporting while on the 24-month STEM OPT extension. For Post-Completion OPT, log in to Compass here.