OPT Reporting (OPT and STEM Extension)

Reporting
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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. 

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Post-Completion OPT Reporting Requirements

You must report the following:

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

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 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.

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How to Report During Post-Completion OPT

Step 1.

Log in to Compass after your OPT start date

You will receive an error message if you try to log in to report earlier than your start date.

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STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

You and your employer have STEM OPT reporting obligations throughout your STEM OPT training period.

You need to report any change to your name, address, place of employment or end of employment within 10 days.  

Every 6 months from your STEM EAD start date. 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
STEM OPT Reporting

Gather your documents and information

Types of STEM OPT Reports

Step 2

Log in to Compass