To: F-1 Post-completion OPT or STEM OPT Students
On Friday, March 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm EDT, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will begin the national rollout of the SEVP Portal, a website that allows F-1 visa status students on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT to review and update data pertaining to student OPT information. This rollout will occur in phases over several days.
Using the SEVP Portal is optional and not required by federal regulations. The MIT International Students Office strongly recommends that MIT students and alumni continue to use iMIT.mit.edu to complete OPT/STEM OPT reporting requirements at this time. Information from iMIT.mit.edu will reviewed by ISO advisors and sent to the SEVIS System per current ISO practice.
SEVP will contact you directly via the e-mail listed in your SEVIS record to invite you to participate in the optional program. This email will be from firstname.lastname@example.org and will have instructions regarding the SEVP Portal account creation process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why am I getting this email? All MIT students or alumni with approved or active OPT or STEM OPT will be contacted directly by SEVP. You may sign up and use the SEVP Portal, however, the ISO recommends that you use iMIT.mit.edu to complete your OPT reporting requirements. You may wish to use the SEVP Portal to review and confirm your information in the system without edits or updates. All students will receive this email even if you have completed all OPT/STEM OPT reporting requirements on iMIT.mit.edu.
Who may use the SEVP Portal? All F-1 students on an approved period of OPT or STEM OPT may set up an account to review their information. Some students may also wish to use this system to update their communication and employer information, however, the ISO does not recommend this option. We invite you to use iMIT.mit.edu to update your information.
Which email will SEVP use to communicate with me? SEVP will use the e-mail you listed in the SEVIS system. This is usually the email address that you have submitted to the ISO with your OPT application or other iMIT updates. If you would like to update this email address, please log into iMIT.mit.edu and update the email address via the OPT reporting electronic forms. SEVP will only communicate with you via the e-mail on file in SEVIS. You will need to utilize that e-mail address to access the SEVP Portal and set-up your account.
What information can I view/report on the SEVP Portal? Your U.S. Home and Mailing Address, U.S. Telephone Number, Foreign Telephone Number, OPT/STEM OPT Employer Name and Address, Supervisor Name and Contact Information.
Can I request a new Form I-20 through the SEVP Portal? No. Although you may update information on the SEVP Portal, only the ISO can issue a new Form I-20 on your behalf. This includes Form I-20s for employer information updates, travel signatures, and new STEM OPT recommendation requests. To request a new Form I-20, please submit your request at iMIT.mit.edu.
What are my reporting requirements while I am participating in an active OPT or STEM OPT period? Please see the ISO web pages, F-1 OPT Post-Completion Reporting Requirements or F-1 STEM OPT Extension Reporting Requirements, for more information.
If I report my information using the SEVP Portal, will the MIT ISO receive my information? Yes. The ISO will run a regular process to extract data from the SEVP Portal to update our database.
If I report my information using iMIT.mit.edu, will the SEVP Portal receive my information? Yes. Any information that the ISO has reviewed and submitted to the SEVIS system should be available for review in the SEVP Portal after 24-48 hours. Please note that ISO advisors usually review and approve iMIT updates and create I-20s within 5 to 10 business days so there may be a 10 to 12 day delay before a student can review that information in the SEVP Portal.
Can I still complete all my reporting requirements through iMIT.mit.edu? Absolutely. The ISO strongly encourages you to use iMIT.mit.edu instead of the SEVP Portal.
I am on STEM OPT, should I use the SEVP Portal? Alumni must use iMIT.mit.edu to submit the 12- and 24-month evaluation reports and any add/delete of employer information. For students who need to submit the 6-month verification report, the ISO recommends that alumni also use iMIT.mit.edu. However, alumni do have the option to use the SEVP Portal for the 6-month verification reporting.
What if I have trouble accessing the SEVP Portal or have questions once I login? SEVP has a website with step-by-step videos and instructions. This is a pilot program of the SEVP Portal and SEVP appreciates your feedback. To provide feedback on your experience with the portal and to suggest improvements, email SEVP@ice.dhs.gov. To help SEVP route your feedback to the right team quickly, please put the following in the subject line of your email: “SEVP Portal Feedback” and the name of your school. SEVP encourages you to be candid in your evaluation, highlighting what you liked and what you didn’t like.
- For more information about the SEVP Portal, click the following link:
- If you have not yet set up your SEVP Portal account and are experiencing issues with the setup, please contact email@example.com to have the ISO reset your portal account.
- If your SEVP Portal account has been successful created / registered, the ISO cannot reset your account if you are experiencing issues. You should reset your account by clicking OPT Portal Login and choosing the reset password option.
- If you are still experiencing problems after following these instructions, you will need to contact SEVP@ice.dhs.gov
- If your account is locked, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reset of your SEVP Portal account.
Please contact the ISO at email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
The ISO Staff