OPT/STEM OPT Employment Update Form

Why does OPT/STEM OPT employment reporting matter? 

Your status remains F-1 while you engage in OPT/STEM OPT.  This means that you are required to notify OIPS about your employment.  Please note that there are additional reporting requirements for students on STEM OPT.  If you do not report your employment to OIPS, the U.S. government will terminate your F-1 SEVIS record 90 days after the OPT/STEM OPT start date printed on your EAD card.  A terminated SEVIS record cancels OPT/STEM OPT authorization and requires you to leave the U.S.

What updates do I need to report?

If you are on OPT, you must:

  • Report your OPT employment information as soon as you start working;
  • Report employment changes within 10 days of changing (new employment, additional employment, unemployment or acquisitions/mergers);
  • Report change of address within 10 days of moving;
  • Report final departure from the U.S. if earlier than your OPT end date;
  • Report change of status to a new visa type;
  • Report beginning new degree program as F-1 student.

If you are on STEM OPT (24 month-extension), you must:

  • Report employment changes within 10 days of changing (new employment, additional employment, unemployment or acquisitions/mergers);
  • Report change of address within 10 days of moving;
  • Report final departure from the U.S. if earlier than your STEM OPT end date;
  • Report change of status to a new visa type;
  • Report beginning new degree program as F-1 student;
  • Report to OIPS every six months, even if you have not changed jobs and/or moved to another address;
  • Submit the I-983 training evaluation at 12 months and 24 months AND each time when you change employer.

How do I report to OIPS?

You report your changes by completing this form.  An OIPS advisor will review your submission, update your record and send you a final confirmation.

What should I do when I have to report two or more changes?  For example, I am on OPT and I just signed a contract with two different employers.  In addition, I moved to a new address.

You will have to complete the form three times:

  • First time: to report your new employment with employer A
  • Second time: to report your new employment with employer B
  • Third time: to report your address change

Can I save this form and complete it later on?

No, you cannot save your progress.  Please note that the form has a built-in timer.  You need to submit your form within 45 minutes.  Make sure you gather all your documents before you begin the form (e.g. screen shots of your I-983 training plan and/or evaluation).

Accepted file upload formats

Accepted File Upload Formats are pdf, jpeg, png and word doc. We accept documents as scans, screenshots and photos. If the quality of the document is not good (illegible or the entire image wasn't scanned) your check-in request will be rejected and you will need to upload new versions of your documents.

Three important rules

  1. OPT employment can be paid or unpaid
  2. You must work an average of 20 hours or more per week
  3. You can work only in your field of study

Questions?

Send an email to oips@gmu.edu