On September 27, 2019, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued policy guidance on how to determine whether the OPT employment is directly related to the student’s major area of study and how to explain this relationship in SEVIS. It is the student’s responsibility to relate the training opportunity to the program of study. If the relationship is not clear, it is the student who must identify the connection.
Before you add an employer in SEVIS, the student should give you a written description with the following:
- Job title
- Employer name
- Major area of study
- Whether full time or the average number of hours worked per week
- Description of regular job duties and how they directly relate to the degree that qualified the student for OPT. For example:
- Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering: I work full-time as an Electrical Engineer at ABC Corporation, a government contractor. In my job, I analyze client requirements for electrical systems and provide them with cost estimates of such systems. My work requires understanding of electrical circuit theory, which I studied in-depth at the University of ABC.
- Master's degree in Music: I am working at a hospital playing the harp in patient rooms. I also conduct hands-on, harp beginner workshops for long-term patients. On average, I work at the hospital 35 hours a week. My duties directly utilize the skills and knowledge I acquired from my coursework and degree in music therapy.