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OPT Reporting

SEVIS Reporting Requirements While on OPT

All students on OPT must report to the Office of International Affairs within 10 working days of any change in the following:

  • Any employment
  • Any change in name or address
  • Any change in immigration status
  • Any interruption of employment
  • Volunteer employment

The Office of International Affairs has prepared a website with an OPT Reporting Form that is available for you to send SIUE this information. Please update this information as often as necessary per federal regulations. In addition,a student must also report to the International Student Advisor every six months (by email), or confirming employment and current U.S. address.

STEM OPT Reporting Requirements

The STEM OPT extension regulations have added new reporting requirements that must be completed in order to maintain your status. The reporting requirements include a 6 month demographic information update and a 12 and 24 months self-evaluation.

Every 6 months I will report to the DSO verifying that my details have not changed: 

My STEM OPT start date is_____/_____/_____ 

My first 6 month reporting date falls on_____/_____/_____ 

My second 6 month reporting date (12 months into extension) is_____/_____/_____ 

My third 6 month reporting date (18 months into extension is_____/_____/_____ 

My last 6 month reporting date (24 months into extension) is_____/_____/_____ 

Additionally, 12 months and 24 months into my STEM extension I must submit a self-evaluation (Complete Page 6 & 7 for Self- Evaluation): 

My first self-evaluation at 12 months into my STEM extension is due on_____/_____/_____ 

My second self-evaluation at 24 months into my STEM extension is due on_____/_____/_____

For students who have applied for an H-1B, please send an email to and put H-1B Status in the subject line. Please tell us if your application is pending or if it has been approved.

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