SEVP Portal

The Department of Homeland Security will launch the Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal on March 23, 2018 for F-1 students currently on post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM Extension OPT.  This is limited to students with active EAD cards with a start date that has begun or passed.

What is the SEVP Portal?

The SEVP Portal is a mechanism for students on OPT or STEM OPT to report certain information directly to SEVIS.  Here is the original message from SEVP.

On March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool that F-1 or M-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) or science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) OPT can choose to use to report changes to their home address, telephone number and employer information. As a student on post-completion or STEM OPT, you will be eligible to use the portal. The portal is accessible from both your mobile device and computer.

You will receive an email with instructions on creating a portal account. This email will come from If you do not see the email, check your spam or junk mail folder. If you still do not see it, contact your designated school official (DSO) to have the email sent again.
The email will be sent to the email address on your SEVIS record which is most likely your email address.

The SEVP Portal will allow you to:
  • View details about your post-completion or STEM OPT.
  • Report changes to your address, telephone and employer information.
  • View and update data on all your employers in one place.
Any data updates you make in the portal will be sent directly to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
SEVP has created an SEVP Portal Help section on Study in the States with: Use of the portal is voluntary but highly encouraged by SEVP. If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.

What can be updated in the SEVP Portal?
  • Physical Address
  • Phone Number
  • Mailing Address
  • Add/update/delete Employer and Employment information while on Post-Completion OPT
  • Edit some of the Employer information while on STEM OPT
What cannot be changed in the SEVP Portal? (ISS will have to update in SEVIS)
  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address
  • SEVIS OPT data (authorization dates and type of authorization)
  • Add/Delete Employer while on STEM OPT
What processes need to be submitted to ISS?  
  • Update spelling of name or date of birth (Submit a copy of corrected passport to ISS)
  • Change the email address (Email
  • Reset SEVP Portal access (Email
  • Print a new I-20 (You must first comply with the OPT or STEM OPT reporting requirements)
Students on Post-Completion OPT
  • ISS requires students who are currently authorized for Post-Completion OPT to report changes to their address, telephone, and/or employment information through the SEVP Portal. In addition, address changes must still be reported through the Howdy Portal and there is an updated OPT Employment Reporting Form for the purpose of (1) informing ISS that you have updated your information in the SEVP Portal and (2) requesting an updated I-20. Visit the Optional Practical Training webpage for more details:
Students on STEM OPT