New Portal for F-1 International Students and an Update on Potential Changes to OPT Rules

Published: 04/16/2018


International students studying in the U.S. (typically in F-1 nonimmigrant status) must comply with many federal regulations while studying and working in the U.S. Much of their information is coordinated through their school’s designated school official (“DSO”), who reports the F-1 student’s information using the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement’s (“ICE”) database called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (“SEVIS”), which stores and reports information about the F-1 student’s immigration status.

On March 23, 2018, DHS launched an SEVP Portal for F-1 students participating in a post completion optional practical training (OPT) program, enabling students to have direct access to their information and to comply with regulatory reporting requirements. The new SEVP Portal will allow students to report personal and employer information updates directly into SEVP, as well as check their status and other relevant information related to their immigration status. SEVIS and SEVP will share data immediately (note that STEM OPT student will not be able to amend their employer information, because regulations require only the school’s DSO able to edit employer information).

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