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Portal for Post-Completion and STEM OPT Students

Student and Exchange Visitor Portal for F-1 Post-Completion and STEM OPT Students

The following information has been provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) through Study in the States. For more information and resources, please visit

On Friday, March 23, 2018, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will launch the SEVP Portal. The portal is a tool that F-1 students on post-completion or 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.

If you are eligible to use the portal, you will receive the SEVP Portal account creation link to your email address in SEVIS. 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 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.

SEVP has created an SEVP Portal Help section on Study in the States with:

  - Information about the portal.
  - The SEVP Portal User Guide which provides screenshots and detailed step-by-step instructions for using the portal.
  - SEVP Portal videos.
  - A useful one-page reference sheet on the portal.

The SEVP highly encourages use of the portal. The OIE will require OPT students to update and maintain information on the portal once the account has been set up.

All OPT reporting requirements are still in effect and have not changed. Students are still required to update information via MyMav and utilize the online forms for OPT Employer Reporting at Report OPT Employment.

If you have any questions about the portal or need assistance, please contact the OIE (817) 272-2355 to speak with an advisor. You may also call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.

The following information has been provided by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) through Study in the States. For more information and resources, please visit

Step One: SEVP Portal Sends Account Creation Email
  • SEVP Portal sends email to student
    o Email sent from:
    o Email subject line: Optional Practical Training Approval – the next step. Create an SEVP Portal account

  • If you do not receive email:
    o Check spam or junk mail folders
    o Contact DSO to:
      Confirm correct email address in SEVIS
      Request that the portal resend the account creation email
Step Two: Create an SEVP Portal Account
  • Email contains a unique link to create an account
    o Link can only be used once and cannot be shared
    o Student must click the link to open the registration page

  • Enter SEVIS ID number on registration page
    o Must use their correct, current SEVIS ID number
    o Account will lock after three incorrect attempts to enter a SEVIS ID number

  • Students prompted to create a password
    o Enter password twice and click “Create Account”

  • Be Aware of Phishing
    • Students will only receive emails from:
      o Emails will provide notification about student’s SEVP Portal account
    Make and Maintain a Strong Password
    • Create a secure password
      o Special requirements for passwords
      o Do not share password under any circumstances

    • Update password every 90 days
      o Portal will prompt students with expiring or expired passwords to change their password upon login

    • Change or reset password through SEVP Portal
      o Student can change or reset a password at any time
    Log into the SEVP Portal every 90 days or your account will be locked

    Step Three: Successful Account Creation
    • Click Create Account option
      o Portal will open the login page and display a success message

    • After receiving access to the portal, students can:
      o Log in and out of the portal
      o Access portal pages
      o Manage their account
    Updating User Profile
    • Biographic information
      o Displays student name and date of birth as entered in SEVIS
      o Read-only section

    • Physical address
      o Portal will automatically verify address validity

    • Mailing address
      o Can be the same as physical address
      o Can be a post office box

    • Phone number
      o Add or edit U.S. and foreign telephone number

    Troubleshooting the SEVP Portal

    View a step-by-step demonstration to create an SEVP Portal account in the SEVP Portal Help section at

    Unlock SEVP OPT Portal

    Request to unlock SEVP OPT Portal click here