Immigration regulations require F-1 and J-1 students to report certain information to International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Reporting requirements remain in effect throughout your F-1 or J-1 status, including during post-completion Optional Practical Training or Academic Training. Failure to report required information in a timely fashion may be considered a violation of your immigration status and may result in the termination of your program, as well as the denial of future immigration benefits.
Change of Address
You must report any change in your permanent U.S. address to our office within 10 days of moving. You do not need to report temporary stays with friends or family during vacations. To report a change of address to ISSS, update your address in webCentral unless you are an F-1 student on OPT. Your new address will be forwarded to our office. For instructions on updating addresses, please review this handout.
For F-1 students on Optional Practical Training (OPT), it is necessary to email email@example.com to report a change of address since myWeb does not notify ISSS of address updates once a student graduates.
Change of Immigration Status
You must report an approved change of immigration status to our office by submitting either a copy of form I-797 Notice of Approval, or a copy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure card. Once your change of status has been verified, an international student advisor will end your SEVIS record.
Change of Legal Name
You must report a change of name to our office by submitting a copy of your updated passport showing your new legal name. An international student advisor will update your biographical information in your SEVIS record and issue you a new I-20 or DS-2019 to reflect your new name.
Change of Employment Status
If you have been authorized for Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must report the start or end of any employment to our office. To report employment changes to ISSS, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name of current employer (company)
- Complete address of current employer
- Start date of current employment
- End date of current employment, if applicable