F-1 international students who are on OPT, whether the Standard 12-month OPT or the 24-month STEM OPT Extension, are required by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to report home address and employment details to UFIC to keep their SEVIS record updated.
|Standard 12-month OPT||24-month STEM OPT Extension|
|Students must report all changes through the SEVP portal. Email to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu the explanation of the job relevance to the major field of study.||Students must report all changes by completing the I-983 and OPT reporting form and sending it to their respective ISA. Upon review of the I-983, the ISA will update SEVIS.|
|Both 12-month OPT and 24-month STEM OPT Extension students must email a scan copy of their EAD card to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu when they receive it.|
The OPT or STEM OPT Report is required within 10 days of gaining employment, changes to employment, and changes to the student’s physical home address in the U.S.
- New/Change in Employer Information
- New/Change in Home Address
- Standard OPT: New I-20 for Change of Employer or International Travel
- STEM OPT: New I-20 for Change of Employer or International Travel
- Change in Name
- Change of Status from F-1 to another visa category
- No Changes
- Starting New Program at UF
- Transfer to Another U.S. Institution
- Leaving the U.S. Indefinitely
|New/Change in Employer Information|
To provide an update regarding employer information, 12-month OPT students must update the SEVP portal and send an email to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu that includes the UFID and the explanation about “How employment is related to course work” that was entered in the SEVP portal.
If a student is not able to access the SEVP portal, an email should be sent to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu with a brief explanation that includes the student’s UFID. UFIC will provide further guidance as necessary.
Explaining the relationship of the work to the field of study:
Failure to report employment while on OPT or STEM OPT may cause the student’s SEVIS record to be automatically terminated, due to accruing unemployment days against the total cumulative days of unemployment allowed. Students on Standard OPT are allowed 90 total days of unemployment for the entire 12 month period. Students on the STEM OPT extension (24 month duration) are allowed an additional 60 days of unemployment; this brings the total to 150 days of unemployment for the entire 36 month period.
Students on STEM OPT may not attempt to update the employment information through the SEVP portal since review of the completed I-983 by the ISA is required prior to making any employment changes in SEVIS. Thus, the ISA will make the necessary changes in SEVIS.
|New/Change in Home Address|
|To provide an update regarding the U.S. home address only, students must update their address in ONE.UF and the SEVP portal. To update the home address in ONE.UF, guidance is provided on the Change of Address page. Both OPT and STEM OPT students can use the SEVP portal to complete a change of home address update.|
|Standard OPT: New I-20 for Change of Employer or International Travel|
To request a new I-20 concerning updates to your new employer or for international travel, please email UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu with the following information:
|STEM OPT: New I-20 for Change of Employer or International Travel|
To request a new I-20 concerning updates to your new employer follow the process explained at the top of this page for reporting employment changes. Indicate to the ISA when you submit the completed I-983 and OPT Report that you need an updated I-20 and how you want to receive the updated I-20 (by postal mail, in person pick-up, or FedEx shipping). UFIC does not email copies of the I-20s.
To request a new I-20 for International Travel where a change of employment has also occurred, the I-20 will be processed as part of the employment updated as explained above.
To request a new I-20 for International Travel where NO change of employment has occurred, send an email to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu along with a completed OPT reporting form and indicate that you need an I-20 for international travel, there has been no change in employment, and how you want to receive the I-20 (by postal mail, in person pick-up, or FedEx shipping). UFIC does not email copies of the I-20s.
|Change of Status from F-1 to another visa category|
If the F1 student has applied for and received approval for a change of visa status, such as to F2, H1B, H4, J1, J2, Permanent Resident, etc., the student should email their ISA. Include the UFID number and a copy of the USCIS approval notice or Permanent Resident/Green Card.
If an F1 student wishes to change visa status in order to be a dependent of another F1 student, the procedure will depend on where the new primary F1 attends school.
If the new primary F1 attends school at UF, then please visit the Change to F-2 Visa Status page as well as contact the ISA of the new primary F1.
If the new primary F1 attends school at another institution, then please contact the international advisor of the new primary F1 at that school.
If there have not been any changes since the student last reported, students are required to confirm that no changes have been made every six months by sending an email to UFIC-ISS@ufic.ufl.edu and including the student’s UFID in the email.
If the student is employed and the employment has come to an end, the employment end date must be updated in SEVIS. Students on the 12-month OPT will report the job end date (the last day worked) through the SEVP portal.
Students on the 24-month STEM OPT Extension will report the job end date by sending an email to their respective ISA and including the UFID, the name of the company with whom the student was last employed, the employment end date and the completed Final Self-Evaluation found on the last page of the I-983.
Each day the student is unemployed will count against the total cumulative days of unemployment allowed, therefore, if/once the student is able to resume employment, a new OPT Report is required.
|Transfer to Another U.S. Institution|
Students who have been admitted to a new program at a school other than UF must request a Transfer-Out from their ISA to transfer their F1 SEVIS record to the new school. The new program must start within 150 days or less of the OPT expiration date in order not to be required to depart the US before the start of the new program. The request must be made and the SEVIS record must be transferred before the OPT 60 day grace period expires. The request should be made at least 7-10 business days prior to the 60 day grace period expiration date. A SEVIS transfer is not possible after the Grace Period has expired.
If the program will not start within 150 days or less, or if the SEVIS transfer request is not made to the ISA at least 7-10 business days prior to the grace period deadline, the student will be required to leave the US by the end of the OPT 60 day grace period. The new school will provide the student with an Initial I-20, which will have a new SEVIS ID, to apply for a new F1 visa abroad. Students are required to pay the SEVIS fee for the new SEVIS ID, along with the F1 visa application fee. The student will then be able to return to the US within the 30 days prior to the program start date indicated on the Initial I-20 from the new school.
For a student with a SEVIS transfer date that occurs before the actual OPT end date, the OPT authorization will automatically end the day of the SEVIS transfer. If the student is working, the job end date must be the day before the SEVIS transfer date or earlier.