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SEVP Portal Access Limited to 6 Months After OPT Ends

Starting in October 2019, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will change how long students can access the SEVP Portal after their Optional Practical Training authorization ends. Currently, students can continue to access their portal accounts indefinitely. After SEVP Portal upgrades, students will only have access to the SEVP Portal for up to six months after their OPT ends.

SEVP will implement this change in two separate releases:

  1. SEVP Portal Release 1.10 will limit the students’ access to six months after their OPT End Date. Students who are five months or more beyond their OPT End Date will receive two emails reminding them of the Portal Access. One email will be sent five months after OPT ends reminding them to make a copy of their records and one the day the portal access ends.
  2. SEVP Portal Release 1.11 will add an additional email for all students. This new email will be sent when a student’s OPT ends to inform them their portal access closes in six months. Students will continue to receive emails from the SEVP Portal 30 days in advance of their portal access closing and the day their access ends.

These upgrades to the SEVP Portal are expected in fall 2019. Release details will be available on the SEVP Portal Enhancements page on the SEVP Portal Help section of Study in the States.

In preparation for account closure, SEVP strongly encourages students to print or save a copy of their portal record for future reference, including their Event History. For questions regarding the SEVP Portal, please contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 or 800-892-4829.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact OISS at any time. Our immigration advisors are available to assist you.