SEVP Portal

The SEVP Portal is a new feature from DHS that allows OPT and STEM OPT students to view and report address and employer information directly into their SEVIS record. Students who have been approved for OPT Employment Authorization should receive an e-mail from SEVP with instructions for creating a new account for the SEVP Portal.

For students who are interested in utilizing the SEVP Portal are encouraged to view the instructional videos provided by SEVP to assist in navigating the system:


Q. Am I required to create an SEVP Portal account?

A. No. Federal regulations do not require students to create an SEVP Portal account or utilize the SEVP Portal for reporting. However, OPT and STEM OPT students are still required to abide by the OPT and STEM OPT reporting requirements.

Q. Can students participating in CPT use the SEVP Portal to update their address and employer information?

A. No. Currently, students participating in CPT do not have access to use the SEVP Portal. In addition, students participating in CPT Employment must receive permission from their academic department and DSO if they wish to change employers.

Q. I’ve been approved for OPT and received my EAD card, but I have not received an e-mail about the SEVP Portal. Why?

A. If you have been approved for OPT and received your valid EAD card from USCIS, but have not received an e-mail regarding the SEVP Portal, please e-mail our office at to let us know. Please include in the subject line: SEVP Portal Account in the subject of your e-mail, and be sure to attach your EAD card for verification. Our office will review your request and records within 2-3 days and respond to your e-mail once the issue is resolved.

Q. What do I do if I’ve been locked out of my SEVP Portal?

A. If you have been locked out of your SEVP Portal account, please send an e-mail to OISSS with the subject line: SEVP Portal Locked.  We will review your request within 2-3 working days and reply to your e-mail to let you know when your account has been unlocked/reset.

Q. I’m on OPT and just got a new job and moved to a new location. Should I report my employment through the SEVP Portal or to OISSS?

A. OPT students may choose to report changes to their address or employment through the SEVP Portal, or to via our OISSS-160 form. Students who report changes to their address, phone number or employment within 10 days through either method will meet the OPT reporting requirements.

Data reported via the SEVP Portal is reported into SEVIS immediately. Data reported to OISSS will be updated into SEVIS within the 21-day reporting time mandated by federal regulations.

Q. I received an e-mail from SEVP stating that my "Employment End Date" has changed and I am required to submit a Final Student Evaluation to my DSO. Is this is correct?

A. SEVP sends an automatic e-mail when a STEM OPT student’s “Employment End Date” has been updated by the student or DSO. This e-mail is sent out even if the employment end date is in the future, deleted, or for a previous OPT employer. In these cases, a final evaluation should not be needed from the student.

These e-mails can be very confusing since they do not take the actual end date into account. If you know that you have already met your reporting requirements for STEM OPT, you may ignore the e-mail you received. However, if you have any doubts, please feel free to forward the e-mail to to ask if you should submit an I-983 Final Evaluation.

Q. My e-mail address has changed. How do I update this information in the SEVP Portal?

A. Students cannot update their e-mail addresses through the SEVP Portal. DSO’s must update students’ e-mail address directly in SEVIS. To update your e-mail address, please send an e-mail to with the subject line: Request for Data Validation.  Please attach a completed OISSS-160, Request for Data Validation form, (even if no other information has changed,) that includes your new e-mail address on the form.

For security reasons, we will NOT accept requests to update e-mail addresses that are not provided on a completed OISSS-160 form.

Q. Can you help me create my SEVP Portal account?
A. Unfortunately, DSOs do not have access to the SEVP Portal and cannot assist students directly with the process of navigating the SEVP Portal. For assistance with this process, please contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 or