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FAQ: Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Q: I am graduating this semester. How do I apply for OPT?
A: Complete a request in the International Portal for OPT I-20. Plan to attend one of Valerie’s OPT info sessions if possible. They are in the Portal under Announcements. There is also a reminder email sent out the day before an info session.

Q: What are the first and last dates that I can apply for OPT if I graduate this semester?
A: The dates change each semester. They are updated in the Announcements in the International Portal. 

Q: How do I report my OPT employment?
A: SEVP sends out information about the SEVP Portal. However, because the Portal does not work reliably , we are not using it. Valerie will report your OPT employment. Complete the request titled: Report OPT Employment. If you are on the STEM extension, complete the request for Report New STEM OPT Employment

Q: I am on OPT and I have not received the Login for my SEVP Portal so that I can report my employment. 
A: The SEVP Portal is not working reliably. Valerie will report your OPT employment. Complete the request titled: Report OPT Employment.

Q: SEVP says my DSO must report my OPT employment OR I cannot update my employment.
A: Complete the request titled: Report OPT Employment. If you are on the STEM extension, complete the request for Report New STEM OPT Employment

Q: I tried to reset my SEVP Portal password but I did not receive the reset email.
A: If you requested a password reset and did not receive a follow-up email from the system, call the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400 or 800-892-4829 for help. The SRC is open 8 am - 6 pm (ET) Mon-Fri.

Q: My OPT employment record must be verified. How do I do that?
A: Email Valerie and she will do it. This notice appears every 6 months if there has been no change to your I-20. It does not indicate an issue with your status.  

Q: What degrees at TWU are eligible for the STEM extension?
A: The degrees at TWU that are STEM eligible are:
BIOLOGY
Biology BA 10204 26.0101 UD BIOL Biology BA
Biology BS 10204 26.0101 UD BIOL Biology BS
Biology MS 10204 26.0101 GM BIOL Biology MS
Medical Technology BS 10212 51.1005 UD BIOL MedTech BS
Molecular Biology PhD 10216 26.0204 GD BIOL
MolecularBiol.Phd
Biotechnology PSM 10226 26.1201 GM BIOL Biotech.PSM
CHEMISTRY/BIOCHEMISTRY
Biochemistry BS 10602 26.0202 UD CHEM Biochemistry.BS
Chemistry BA 10604 40.0501 UD CHEM Chemistry.BA
Chemistry BS 10604 40.0501 UD CHEM Chemistry.BS
Chemistry MS 10604 40.0501 GM CHEM Chemistry.MS
MATHEMATICS/COMPUTER SCIENCE
Computer Science BS 11604 11.0101 UD CSCI CompSci.BS
Mathematics BA 11608 27.0101 UD MATH Math.BA
Mathematics BS 11608 27.0101 UD MATH Math.BS
Mathematics MA 11608 27.0101 GM MATH Math.MA
Mathematics MS 11608 27.0101 GM MATH Math.MS
Informatics BS 11614 11.0104 UD MATH Info.BS
NUTRITION/FOOD SCIENCES
Nutrition BS 45024 30.1901 UD NFS Nuition.BS
Nutrition MS 45024 30.1901 GM NFS Nutrition.MS
Nutrition PhD 45024 30.1901 GD NFS Nutrition. PhD