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F-1 Unemployment Period and SEVIS Info Update

August 27, 2020 Leave a comment

F-1 Unemployment Period and SEVIS Update

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is reminding F-1 nonimmigrants participating in post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), and their designated school officials (DSOs), that they must update the employer information in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), including unemployment data.  Federal regulations require F-1 nonimmigrants to notify their DSO within 10 days of any changes to their personal or employment information. In turn, DSOs must update SEVIS with the alien’s information within 21 days. This reminder helps ensure F-1 nonimmigrants and DSOs properly comply with existing requirements.

F-1 nonimmigrants may update their employer information through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Portal, a tool that allows F and M visa holders participating in post‑completion practical training to report accurate and timely information directly to SEVP. DSOs may update the information in SEVIS following the instructions to add, edit, or delete the OPT employer.  If F or M nonimmigrants are unsure of whether they should report information using the portal, or provide the information to their DSO, they should contact their DSO for instructions.

As noted above, F-1 nonimmigrants and DSOs must ensure that information is entered in a timely manner within SEVIS, so that the visa holder’s record is current and reflects actual employment data. SEVIS will count each day without employer information toward the total number of unemployment days allowed. Failure to update employer information in SEVIS to reflect that the F-1 nonimmigrant is employed may result in any or all of the following actions:

  • The F-1 nonimmigrant exceeding unemployment limits and therefore failing to maintain F-1 nonimmigrant status, rendering them removable, unless they are otherwise in a period of authorized stay;
  • SEVP setting an F-1 nonimmigrant’s SEVIS record to “terminated” if they have exceeded unemployment limits;
  • S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) initiating revocation proceedings for an F-1 nonimmigrant’s Employment Authorization Document if they have exceeded unemployment limits; and/or
  • The exceeded unemployment limits negatively affecting the F-1 nonimmigrant’s future benefit requests filed with USCIS.
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