Report All Changes While on OPT or AT

For Alumni currently in the U.S. on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 Academic Training (AT), you are required to report the following changes as mandated by the U.S. federal government:


Change of U. S. Local Address

Any Change of U. S. Address must be reported to the ISSO within 10 days.

To report a Change of U.S. Address, please submit the Update U.S. Address to ISSO online form.


Change of International Address

Any Change of International Address (address in your home country) must be reported to the ISSO within 10 days.

To report a Change of International Address, please submit the Update International Address to ISSO online form.


Change of Employer while on F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (for those not on 17-Month STEM Extension)

Any Change of Employer while on F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training must be reported within 10 days.

To report a Change of Employer while on F-1 Post-Completion OPT (for those not on 17-Month STEM Extension), please submit the Update OPT Employer Information to ISSO online form.


Change of Employer while on J-1 Academic Training (sponsored by Brandeis University)

Any Change of Employer while on J-1 Academic Training (sponsored by Brandeis University) must be approved in advance by the ISSO, including any change to the current employer, position, salary, location, job description, etc.  All changes must first be approved by the ISSO prior to the change occurring. 

The process to change employers under J-1 Academic Training requires a completely new application for Academic Training Work Authorizaion.  There may not be any gap in employment between a current and a new employer.

To apply for a new J-1 Academic Training Work Authorization, please email isso@Brandeis.edu.

This process does not apply to alumni whose J-1 visas are sponsored by an outside agency (i.e. Ford Foundation, Fulbright, etc.).  For Alumni whose J-1 visas are sponsored by an outside agency, please contact you J program sponsor for additional information.


Change of Visa Status

Any Alumni who have been granted a change of Visa Status (i.e. from F-1 to H-1B) must report such change to the ISSO within 10 days of receiving an approval notice from USCIS. 

To report a Change of Visa Status, please email a scanned copy of the visa status approval notice to isso@Brandeis.edu.


Departure from the U.S. during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training and Remaining Outside of the U.S. for 5 or more months

Any Alumni who depart the U.S. during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training and remain outside of the U.S. for 5 or more months must report this occurance.

To report a Departure from the U.S. during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training and remaining Outside of the U.S. for 5 or more months, please email to isso@Brandeis.edu.


Return to the U.S. in a Visa Status other than F-1 or J-1 during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training

Any Alumni who return to the U.S. in a visa status other than F-1 or J-1 during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training must report this immediately upon entering the U.S. 

To report your Return to the U.S. in a Visa Status other than F-1 or J-1 during an authorized period of OPT or Academic Training, please scan and email your new I-94 Card confirming your new visa status to isso@Brandeis.edu  

NOTE: Entering the U.S. in a visa status other than F-1 will cancel any remaining OPT.  Entering the U.S. in a visa status other than J-1 will cancel any remaining Academic Training.


OPT STEM Check-In for the Approved 17-Month STEM Extension on F-1 Post-Completion OPT

Any Alumni who currently work on an approved 17-Month STEM Extension on F-1 Post-Completion OPT must complete the "OPT STEM Check-In" process every 6 months while on STEM Extension. 

This requirement is mandated by the U.S. federal government.  Alumni who do not comply with this requirement will lose their STEM Extension approval.

To complete the "OPT STEM Check-In" for approved 17-Month STEM Extension on F-1 Post-Completion OPT, please email isso@Brandeis to receive further guidance.