International Student and Scholar Services

OPT Reporting Requirements

The Center for International Studies will continue to maintain and update your SEVIS record while on OPT. It is your responsibility to report the following required information.

When do you need to submit a OPT update?

OPT update chart

Within 10 days of the start of your OPT period (i.e. the start date on your EAD card), you must report your:

  • Start/end date of your employment
  • Employer name and address
  • Your residential address
  • And a statement of how the employment is related to your course of study

How do I report my OPT updates?

You will need to login to the SEVP Portal

How do I set-up my SEVP Portal account?

  1. Once your OPT request is approved, you will receive an email with instructions on how to create your SEVP Portal account. You can recognize the email by the sender and subject line:

    Sender: ""

    Subject line: Optional Practical Training Approval – the next step. Create an SEVP Portal
  2. Click the link in the email and the “Register” page in the SEVP Portal registration process will open. You can only use the link once and it is only good for 14 days. The day the email is sent counts as the first day.
  3. Enter your SEVIS ID. If you enter this incorrectly three times you will be locked out.
  4. Click “Submit”.
  5. Enter a password. SEVP Portal Password Tips Sheet.
  6. Confirm the password.
  7. Click “Create Account”.
The SEVP Portal will only send emails related to your portal account and will always come from ""

If you get locked out of your SEVP Portal account you must do the following:


  • Subject: SEVP Portal Account Reset
  • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email

A new I-20 is not automatically printed every time you make changes to your SEVP Portal. If you would like a new I-20 or have plans to travel outside of the U.S. and need a new travel signature to re-enter, please do the following:


  • Subject: OPT I-20 Re-print
  • Text: Last name, First name, Tech ID, SEVIS identification (ID) number, personal email, and include a statement as to why the re-print is requested
    • If you do not plan on picking up your new I-20 at the CIS Front Desk, then you must request express mailing:

    • Please make sure that your name is entered exactly as it appears on your immigration documents. Select St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN as the sender address. Enter your student ID number in the student ID field.
    • Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of the delivery.
For further assistance:

Maintaining an Active SEVP Portal Account

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