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OPT Reporting

While on OPT, you are required to report OPT employment and any other changes listed below within 10 days:

  • Employer name and address

  • Any changes in your employment (ending a job, changing jobs)

  • Start date and end date of your employment

  • Current U.S. address

  • Change of your official name

  • Change of immigration status

  • Transfer to a U.S. school/institution

  • If you leave the U.S. and will no longer be using your F1 OPT

To update your OPT employment and other changes, please complete the OPT Update Form.

Important things to remember:

  • Your OPT employment MUST be related to your field of study

  • You MUST be working full-time (more than 20 hours) - this can be with one full-time job or two part-time jobs

  • You have 90 days of unemployment during OPT

Please see this OPT Quick Guide for more information on the different types of OPT employment (freelancing, self-employment, etc.) and the documentation required. 

Want to learn more about the legal guidelines around freelancing and self employment? See this Zoom recording from our previous session with immigration attorney, Eileen Morrison, on April 6, 2021.

Do you have questions about traveling during or before OPT?

Read the below document thoroughly!!

F-1 Student Travel During and Before Optional Practical Training (OPT)