The SEVP Portal makes it easier for F-1 students on post-completion optional practical training (OPT) and M-1 students participating in practical training to meet their regulatory reporting requirements.
There are four basic steps for creating an account in the SEVP Portal:
- SEVIS notifies the SEVP Portal of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) approval of the student’s OPT or practical training and the OPT authorization is active; the portal emails the student instructions for creating a portal account.
- Student receives the email which contains a link they must use to create the account. This link is unique to the student and cannot be shared or reused.
- Student clicks the link in the email, enters their SEVIS ID and creates a password.
- The SEVP Portal creates the student’s user profile.
More details about these steps are explained in the sections below. However, for screenshots and step-by-step instructions, please download and refer to the SEVP Portal User Guide and the SEVP Portal Videos.
Step 1: SEVIS Sends Student Information to the Portal
When the status of an OPT request or practical training request in SEVIS changes to “Approved” and the OPT authorization is active, SEVIS sends relevant data from the student’s SEVIS record to the SEVP Portal.
SEVIS shares the following information from the student’s SEVIS record with the SEVP Portal:
- SEVIS ID and email address.
- Biographic Information (name and date of birth).
- Contact Information (addresses and telephone numbers).
- Employment Authorization information.
- Employer information.
Step 2: The Portal Sends the Account Creation Email to the Student
The portal will send the account creation email after getting OPT data from SEVIS. SEVIS sends OPT information to the portal if all the following are true:
- OPT is approved.
- The OPT start date is not in the future.
- The student’ email address is in SEVIS.
The student will receive an email from do-not-reply.SEVP@ice.dhs.gov. The subject line of the email will be: Optional Practical Training Approval - the next step. Create an SEVP Portal account. The only way to get to the portal registration page is to use the link in this email.
If a student does not receive a notification email they should:
- Check their spam or junk mail folders.
- Contact their DSO to:
- Confirm that the correct email address is in their SEVIS record.
- Request that the portal resend the account creation email.
Special notes to keep in mind:
- The only emails the government will send to students related to the portal are to create an account, unlock an account or to reset the user’s password.
- There is no cost to access the portal.
- The only time SEVP asks for a payment from a student is for the I-901 SEVIS Fee. Any student on OPT has already paid this fee as well as the USCIS application fees for training authorization. In general, if anyone claiming to be from the government asks a student for money, the student should contact their DSO.
Step 3: The Student Follows the Link to Create their Portal Account
Students must click the link in the email to open the registration page. The initial registration page will ask for the student’s SEVIS ID number. A student must enter their correct, most recent SEVIS ID on which practical training was approved and then click Submit.
A new page will open and welcome the student by their name and display their email address. This page will prompt the student to create a password for their account. Follow the instructions on the screen and refer to the Make and Maintain User Password page to create a password that complies with system requirements. The student will need to type their password in twice and click “Create Account.”
Important notes to keep in mind while completing step three:
Students can only use the link once. If a student is unable to start the registration process using the link provided in the email they should ask their DSO to have the email notice sent again.
Students should carefully enter their correct, current SEVIS ID. The system only allows the student three chances to submit their SEVIS ID correctly. After three failed attempts, the portal will lock a student out. If a student gets locked out, they need to contact their DSO. Their DSO can log in to SEVIS to submit a request to unlock the student’s SEVP Portal account.
Step 4: The Student Successfully Creates their Portal Account
After the student clicks “Create Account” the portal will open the login page and display a success message. This signifies that the student has successfully created an SEVP Portal account and may now:
- Log in and out of the portal.
- Access portal pages.
- Manage the account.
Once a student gains access to the SEVP Portal, they can: