After attending an OPT Workshop, please submit your request below.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Academic year
- You must currently be maintaining an F-1 status
- The proposed OPT must be directly related to your major
You may begin working only after receiving the EAD card. You may begin OPT on the start date issued by USCIS on your OPT EAD. You may not begin working even a day before your actual OPT start date, even though you may have received your EAD before the actual start date listed on your EAD.
With the new SEVIS updates, an F-1 student whose employment fails to appear in SEVIS may be “auto terminated” by SEVIS after 90 days, due to the 90-day unemployment rule. For this reason, students must be sure to consistently keep their employment information current with the school from which they graduated. Remember that employment, for purposes of avoiding the 90-day rule, can also include self-employment, contract work, and even volunteering.
Once employed please submit a new OPT Employment Update record online, to report the information below. Failure to do this in a timely manner will subject your I-20 to be terminated and loss of employment. Please include your employment offer letter in the online update record. The following information is needed:
- Employer Name
- Employer EIN
- Employer Address
- Job Title
- Job status (Full time/Part time)
- Start Date
- End Date
- Last name of supervisor
- First name of supervisor
- Phone number of supervisor
- Email address of supervisor
- Your current address