F-1 OPT Reporting Requirements

Updates made in the SEVP portal are not reflected in the iPenn system therefore please use the appropriate OPT or STEM OPT reporting eForms in iPenn.


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Students on OPT are required to report any of the following changes, within 10 days, to ISSS:

  • Change in name

  • Change in address

  • Beginning of employment

  • Interruption of employment

These e-forms should be used to report or submit the following:

  • A scanned copy of your EAD card upon receipt from USCIS

  • New employment

  • Changes to employment (including ending employment)

  • Changes to your legal name

  • Changes to your F-1 immigration status (for example: no longer in the US/do not plan to use OPT, changed status/no longer in F-1 status, received permanent residency)

SEVP Portal

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has launched the SEVP Portal for F-1 students participating in post-completion optional practical training (OPT). To ensure the data integrity between iPenn and SEVIS, students should continue to do all of their reporting in iPenn to avoid issues with out-of-sync data between two systems. 

This portal is only open to the students whose OPT or STEM OPT requests have been approved by USCIS. If you are locked out of your SEVP portal, please complete the SEVP Portal eForm in iPenn.

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