STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

SEVIS Reporting during STEM OPT

A critical part of maintaining lawful F-1 status during STEM OPT is keeping up with the requirements for STEM OPT Reporting.

You should log into the Request Center of the ISSOPortal to:

  • Report your STEM approval by initiating an OPT Report EAD request.
  • Report a change of residential address by initiating a Contact Information Update request.
  • Report a change to your employment by initiating an OPT- Update Employer request.
  • Complete periodic reporting by initiating a STEM OPT Report Validation request.
  • Update your F-2 dependent information by initiating Update Dependent to add new, change or remove request.
  • Request a travel signature by initiating an Add Travel Signature
  • Process all other changes like cap gap, end of employment, report a new immigration status etc.

While the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) allows for limited student access to the SEVP Portal, does not include many of the fields required for STEM OPT reporting so you must use the ISSOPortal for all STEM OPT reporting.