Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal
UPDATE: US Department of Homeland Security officials are actively conducting Compliance Reviews of students' SEVIS profiles including reviewing OPT/STEM job descriptions.
1. All Students - Review the FAQ: Assessing the Direct Relationship and SEVP Policy Guidance.
2. STEM students only - the Form I-983 is now submitted directly to SEVIS by the DSO. Please ensure your I-983 is complete when applying for STEM OPT or requesting a new STEM employer.
The SEVP Portal is a reporting tool for students on OPT and STEM-OPT that allows students to directly update, change, and review their contact and employment information.
Use of the portal is required for approved OPT and STEM-OPT students. OPT “requested” or “pending” students will receive an email for the SEVP portal once your OPT is approved.
The portal is accessible from both your mobile device and computer. Once the Approved OPT state date begins, students will receive an email with instructions on how to create a SEVP Portal account.
Students will receive an email from email@example.com that contains an unique link which is only valid for 14 days. If you do not see the email, check your spam or junk mail folder. If after 72 hours from your approved start date you still have not received the activation email, contact ISSS.
The SEVP Portal will allow you to:
- View details about your post-completion or STEM OPT
- Report changes to your address, telephone and employer information
- View and update data on all your employers in one place
- STEM OPT students are not be able to add a new employer or change the start date with their employer but can update other information about an employer already in the system. The Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students,” requires DSOs to add new employer information directly into SEVIS for STEM OPT students, because DSOs must verify the form has been completed and submitted.
Any data updates you make in the SEVP Portal will be sent directly to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for a DSO to review.
For more information, review the following:
- SEVP Portal Help
- SEVP Portal User Guide includes screenshots and step-by-step instructions for using the portal
- SEVP Portal Videos
- One-page reference sheet on the portal
If you have any questions about the SEVP Portal or need assistance, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.
SEVP Portal Website: Click here
Remember: You can only login to the SEVP Portal after you have activated your account. Once your OPT is approved you will receive an email with an activation link. This link is only valid for 14 days.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes, if you are on approved OPT or STEM-OPT you are required to use the SEVP Portal.
If you need assistance contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.
- Once your OPT is approved you will receive an account creation email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Click on the activation link in the email to open the registration site.This link will only be active for 14 days.
- Use your SEVIS ID number, found in the upper left-hand corner of your I-20, on the initial registration page.
- You will be prompted to create a password for your SEVP portal account.
- Moving forward you will login in with your email and password.
Reminder: Students can only use the link from their account creation email one time. If you are unable to start the registration process using the link provided, contact ISSS at email@example.com to request the account creation email to be sent again.
No, once you make updates or changes to your SEVP Portal account this is immediately sent to SEVIS where the DSO can review.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), within the Department of Homeland Security requires that schools ensure the accuracy of certain information in SEVIS for all students on OPT. To comply with this requirement, those on OPT and STEM-OPT must report certain information using the SEVP Portal.
- Those on OPT are required to report changes in their address within 10 days of any move. The address reported must be a current location/living address and not a P.O. Box number.
- Those on OPT are also required to report employment immediately in order to avoid exceeding the 90 day limit on unemployment.
- Job title
- Employer name
- Major area of study
- Full-time or Part-time
- Average hours worked per week
- Brief explanation of how the job is directly related to the student's major.
- Examples of regular job duties
Students on OPT and STEM OPT are responsible for ensuring there is a direct relationship between the job and the major area of study. Students should demonstrate a logical connection between the duties involved in the practical training opportunity and the student's major area of study.
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For more examples see the SEVP Policy Guidance.