OPT Reporting Survey

Maintaining Status

While you are on post-completion OPT, your status is still F-1, and it is still your responsibility to maintain that status. To maintain your F-1 status:

  • You cannot begin working until you receive the EAD card and the start date on it has passed.
  • You must work in a job that meets the job requirements listed here
  • You cannot accumulate more than 90 days of unemployment
    • The 90 days begins with the start date on the EAD card
    • If you reach 90 days, you are expected to leave the U.S. immediately, and report that via the survey.
  • Ensure that you have the documents you need to travel – see here for details

OPT Reporting Requirements

You must fulfill OPT reporting requirements using the Post-Completion OPT Reporting Survey (below) within 10 days of any of the following changes:

  • Employment and unemployment (starting a new job, stopping a job, etc)
  • Residential address
  • Name
  • Immigration Status
  • or if you leave the U.S.permanently
  • Students on STEM OPT must report employment every 6 months, even if you do not change jobs/addresses