Optional Practical Training Employer Information Form
Information for students approved for Optional Practical Training
Please read this information carefully. A student is responsible for maintaining F-1 status while they are on Optional
Practical Training (OPT).
Reporting Requirements
Federal regulations require an F-1 student on OPT to report ‘any change of name or address, or interruption of such
employment to the DSO for the duration of the authorized training’ within 10 days of any changes. A student is also
required to maintain full-time employment and report the details of the employment, including any changes in
employment status. Employment must be related to the student’s completed degree. A student may be required to
show proof that employment is related to his/her degree.
SEVP's OPT Policy Guidance states that the following activities are considered allowable employment on both pre-
completion and standard post-completion OPT, provided that the job is directly related to his/her program of study.
The following activities constitute employment for post-completion OPT:
Regular paid employment in a position directly related to the students program of study. For post-completion
OPT, the work must be for at least 20 hours per week. A student may work for multiple employers, as long as it
is directly related to his/her program of study.
Payment by multiple short-term multiple employers. Per SEVP, a student may work for multiple short-term
employers (gigs) BUT must maintain a list of all gigs, the dates and duration.
Work for hire. Per SEVP, this is also commonly referred to as 1099 employment where an individual performs a
service based on a contractual relationship rather than an employment relationship. If requested by DHS, a
student should be prepared to provide evidence showing the duration of the contract periods and the name and
address of the contracting company.
Self-employed business owner. A student may start a business and be self-employed. The student must be able
to prove that he/she has the proper business licenses and are actively engaged in a business related to his/her
degree program.
Employment through an agency. Per SEVP, if a student is on post-completion OPT, he/she must be able to
provide evidence showing he/she worked an average of at least 20 hours per week while employed by the
agency.
Volunteers or unpaid interns: Standard OPT. Per SEVP OPT Policy Guidance, a student may work as a volunteer
or unpaid intern, where this practice does not violate any labor laws. The work should be at least 20 hours per
week for students on post-completion OPT. A student should be able to provide evidence, acquired from the
employer, to verify that he/she worked at least 20 hours per week during the period of employment. Please
note that if a student is unable to find paid employment and/or elect to work in a volunteer or unpaid
internship capacity, he/she must consult with a DSO before accepting employment.
90 Day Unemployment Rule
Immigration regulations for OPT state that if a student is not employed 90 days after the start date listed on the EAD
card, he/she is considered out of status. Unemployment is described as time spent without a qualifying job during OPT.
Each day that the student is not employed is counted toward the limit on unemployment time.
Center for International Education and Programs at Elgin Community College | 1700 Spartan Drive, B105 | Elgin, IL 60123
Email: international@elgin.edu | Phone: +1.847.214.7809 | Fax: +1.847.931.4897
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If a student is unable to secure a paid job and are coming to the 90 days of unemployment, he/she may work as a
volunteer or unpaid intern, where this does not violate any labor laws. The work must be at least 20 hours per week for
post-completion OPT, and he/she must be able to provide evidence from the employer that he/she worked at least 20
hours per week during the period of unpaid employment.
If a student exceeds the 90 day period of unemployment then he/she has violated his/her F-1 status. A student is then
required to either:
1. Apply to continue his/her education by a change of level or transfer to another SEVP certified school; OR
2. Take action to otherwise maintain legal status by applying for another immigration status; OR
3. Depart the United States.
Employment Verification and Reporting Requirements
You must report your employer and position to ECC, including any changes to this information. To comply with federal
regulations in reporting OPT employment, you must complete the form below and submit a letter from your employer
on company letterhead with the following information:
Employer name
Employer address, phone number, and email
Supervisor’s name and contact information
Position title
Start date of employment
End date of employment (if applicable; this is generally used only for contract or short-term gigs)
Indicate whether the position is paid or unpaid
Number of hours worked each week
A description of the position’s duties and responsibilities
You should make sure your supervisor signs the letter. Attach the letter to the form below. You can drop the form off at
the Center for International Education and Programs (Building B, Room B105) or email it to international@elgin.edu.
Students on OPT should remember to keep copies of the pay stubs/contracts/position descriptions.
By signing below, you certify you have read and understand the regulations related to OPT. ECC is not responsible for
any lost EAD cards or any violations of your status that may result from unemployment, transportation issues, failure to
report changes in information or unauthorized employment.
Student Name (Print) Student Signature Date
This information is subject to change without notice. For individual questions, please contact the Center for
International Education and Programs for an appointment.
Center for International Education and Programs at Elgin Community College | 1700 Spartan Drive, B105 | Elgin, IL 60123
Email: international@elgin.edu | Phone: +1.847.214.7809 | Fax: +1.847.931.4897
4/2020
Name: _______________________________________________
Employer’s Name: ______________________________________________________________________________
Employment End Date: ____________________
Name
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employer Information Form
Employer and position reporting form for students on OPT
Please complete this form in its entirety. You can drop the form off at the Center for International Education and
Programs (Building B, Room B105) or email it to international@elgin.edu.
Student Information
Student ID:__________________________
Last First Middle
Address: _____________________________________________ City:________________________________
State: _________________ Zip Code: ____________________ Phone: ______________________________
Email: _______________________________________________
What was your major and degree earned at ECC?
____________________________________________________
Employment Information
Employer’s Address: ____________________________________________________________________________
Position Title: __________________________________________________________________________________
Employment Start Date: ___________________________
Is this position: _______ Paid
_______ Unpaid
Submit a letter from your employer on company letterhead with the following information:
Employer name
Employer address, phone, and email
Supervisor’s name and contact information
Position title
Start date of employment
End date of employment (if applicable; this is generally used only for contract or short-term gigs)
Indicate whether the position is paid or unpaid
Number of hours worked each week
A description of the position’s duties and responsibilities
For office use only:
Date received: _____________
Received b y: _______________________________ _______________________________
Signature
Center for International Education and Programs at Elgin Community College | 1700 Spartan Drive, B105 | Elgin, IL 60123
Email: international@elgin.edu | Phone: +1.847.214.7809 | Fax: +1.847.931.4897
4/2020
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