Instructions for Completing the eForm

  • Students who are utilizing their Post-Completion or STEM OPT Extension are required to submit an OPT Reporting eForm directly to our office through their WorldRams account.
  • All three pages of the reporting eForm must be completed and submitted in order for the report to be considered complete.
    • You will receive an approval email as soon as your report has been processed by our office.
  • You can upload any documents that you have received from USCIS such as your receipt notice, approval notice, or EAD card directly to your OPT Reporting eForm in the “Submit Report” page.
    • We have provided you with a list of documents we already have on file for you in the “Submit Form” page.
    • If one of the upload options is already on the list, this means you do not need to submit it again.

Accessing the eForm

If your CSU eID is still active, you can log into your WorldRams account by clicking the link below:

http://isss.colostate.edu/OPTReporting

However, if it has been more than 12 months since you graduated from CSU it is likely that your eID has expired and we will need you to sign into your WorldRams account through the Limited Access Portal in the link below:

If you save or remember this PIN, you will only need to do this process once to access your WorldRams Portal and can use the same PIN to login to your account in the future.

Reporting Requirements

Students on their Post-Completion and STEM Extension OPT are required to submit an OPT Reporting eForm every 3 months based on the start date listed on their EAD card. Additionally, if there are any changes to the student’s situation such as new employer, supervisor, work address, personal address, etc. students are required to submit an additional report within 10 days of that change. This additional report does not replace the required three month report.

STEM OPT students are required to submit a 12 month and 24 month evaluation in addition to the OPT Report due at the 12 and 24 months marks of their OPT authorization.

As a courtesy, students will receive an automatic reminder email two weeks before their three month report is due to help them remember when to submit their next report. This email is sent weekly until the required report is submitted. The OPT Reporting eForm will turn off the reminder until the next reporting period.

SEVP Portal and OPT Reporting

The SEVP Portal is a great resource for reviewing your immigration record to make sure that it is accurate and updated in a timely manner, however it does not replace your requirement to submit your OPT Report to our office directly.

To help us maintain your record accurately and cleanly, please submit any employment and information changes only to our office via the OPT Reporting eForm and only use the SEVP Portal to review your information to make sure it is correct. Please do not submit any changes to the SEVP Portal.

The SEVP Portal still has a few bugs in its system since it is so new and does not report back to our office with any information that you have changed so our records are more difficult to maintain and we end up emailing you reminders about your OPT reporting unnecessarily. We have also found that the SEVP Portal does not update on a consistent basis so even if your information looks incorrect in the Portal, it is likely correct in SEVIS where your official immigration record is housed.

If you see that your record looks inaccurate or you receive a confusing email from the SEVP Portal, please contact the SEVIS Coordinator, Jaymee Woolhiser. The SEVIS Coordinator will review your record with you to make sure we have everything entered correctly.

Tips

Employment Requirements during OPT: During OPT, your F-1 status is contingent upon employment. You must be employed for at least 20 hours per week in order to meet your employment requirement. Any employment needs to be related to your academic major. STEM OPT students must be employed by a business enrolled in the e-Verify program.

Unemployment during OPT: OPT authorization begins on the employment start date shown on your EAD card. Students may not be unemployed for more than the following allowances:

  • Post-Completion OPT: 90 Days
  • STEM Extension OPT: 60 Days
    • Any days of unemployment remaining from Post-Completion OPT can be used during a student’s STEM Extension OPT authorization for a total of 150 days of unemployment.

Note: During periods of unemployment, weekends do count toward the 90 or 60 day unemployment limit. Weekends are not counted toward the 90 or 60 day unemployment limit for students who are employed throughout the week.

Reporting Deadlines: You must submit an updated OPT Reporting eForm to ISSS every 3 months during your OPT period, even if there have been no changes in your employment or other information. You must also submit an updated OPT Reporting eForm to ISSS within 10 days of any changes to your employer, address (mailing or email), or name.

Duration of OPT: Standard Post-Completion OPT is granted for up to 12 months at a time.

The 24-month STEM extension period begins on the day after the expiration of the initial post-completion OPT employment authorization and ends 24 months thereafter, regardless of the date the actual extension is approved. A student who has applied for a STEM extension can continue working for up to 180 days beyond the expiration of the prior Post-Completion OPT EAD while the STEM Extension is pending. Note: Employment must conform to STEM conditions during this interim extension period, including the requirement that the student work only for an e-Verify employer.

Cap-Gap Extension: If your H-1B application was picked in the application lottery and your OPT authorization will expire before October 1st, you are likely eligible for a cap-gap extension. This extension allows you to continue working while your H-1B application is being reviewed by USCIS. ISSS can print an updated I-20 to reflect the cap-gap extension upon request. You will need to supply us with a copy of your receipt notice. The new I-20 will reflect that your F-1 status and employment eligibility have automatically been extended through 09/30/yyyy. A cap-gap I-20 may be required if you are applying for a benefit such as a driver’s license.

Note: You are required to continue submitting an OPT Reporting Form to ISSS every 3 months, or within 10 days of any changes, throughout your cap-gap extension.

Travel During OPT: You can travel outside of the United States while using your OPT benefit. ISSS recommends that you do not travel outside of the United States while your application is pending or if you do not have an employment letter or your EAD Card. After your OPT has been approved and you have started working, you should take the following documents if you plan to travel outside of the United States:

  1. Your passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future)
  2. Your I-20 (with a recent travel signature from an ISSS advisor)
  3. Your F-1 visa (if your previous visa has expired, you will need to apply for a new F-1 visa in order to return)
  4. Your EAD card
  5. A letter from your employer with the dates of your travel

Before you leave the U.S., you should check with ISSS to make sure your SEVIS record has been updated with your most recent OPT reporting information. We recommend getting a new I-20 from us that shows your OPT has been approved. Some students have had problems upon re-entry if they are carrying an I-20 that only shows the OPT recommendation.

EIN Explanation: An EIN (Employer Identification Number) is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is used to identify businesses for tax purposes. It is a 9-digit number in the format 00-0000000. ISSS is required to include your employer’s EIN when we report your employment in the SEVIS system. Your employer will need to provide you with the number.