SEVIS System vs SEVP Portal for H1B and OPT Cap Gap

SEVIS, SEVP Portal, OPT Cap Gap Date – Updates – H1B Lottery Selected ?

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There have been lot of frantic discussions on the blog with various sorts of information from students who have called help desk, talked to DSOs, what they see in SEVIS. There have been some recent changes with SEVIS and recent launch of SEVP Portal this year that make some of these changes automatic. Let’s look at the details.

Background of SEVIS, SEVP, SEVP Portal :

There are three things, SEVP, SEVIS and SEVP Portal. It is important to know the details.

  • SEVP : Firstly, SEVP is the Student and Exchange Visitors Program ( SEVP). This is the program name and not a software system.
  • SEVIS : SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)and is used by SEVP, DHS. “SEVIS is the web-based system for maintaining information on international students and exchange visitors US, which is primary software for DHS and it tracks and monitors non-immigrant students and exchange visitors.” SEVIS is used by Designated School Officials (DSO), who are also called as international student advisors for issuing I-20s, updating statuses of international students for events like CPT, OPT, cap gap extensions.
  • SEVP Portal : It is the tool that is available to post completion OPT students and STEM OPT extension students to report their address changes, phone number changes, employment changes. Either students can use SEVP portal to update the changes or ask DSO to do it for them.  SEVIS and SEVP Portal share data. Student data is immediately updated from SEVP Portal to SEVIS system. But, DSO changed data in SEVIS is update to SEVP Portal once a day. SEVP Portal sends an email from [email protected] to create an account for the student, when the OPT is in approved status in SEVIS, OPT start date is not in future and student’s email ID is maintained SEVIS.  DSO cannot directly access SEVP portal, but they manage many things like unlocking accounts, change email IDs, re-send the SEVP portal registration email, see report of changes, identify students.  SEVP Portal is very new and introduced by SEVP on Feb 26, 2018.

Let’s first look at the SEVIS system that is used by DSO. Before we go into details, one very important part is, the below SEVIS info applies to only “Cap Gap eligible F1 students on Post Completion OPT or STEM OPT Extension”, which means it applies to students who have OPT ending date before September 30th and who have filed a H1B petition.

How does SEVIS system work for Cap Gap Extensions and H1B Petitions Changes ?

As you can see below screenshot from DHS website, SEVIS gets H1B petition data automatically from USCIS and updates the records in SEVIS to show the cap gap extension.  But, systems are not always consistent with integration and data flows, there can be issues where a student’s H1B petition info was not sent properly from USCIS to SEVIS system and it does not get updated. In that context, DSO can manually request a cap gap extension for H1B petitions that are filed , waitlisted or rejected by USCIS.SEVIS Cap Gap Extension H1B Lottery Selected

What happens to F1 status, OPT end date during Cap Gap in SEVIS with H1B Petition Changes?

You have few possible options for your H1B petition like Filed, Pending, Approved, Rejected and Waitlisted statuses. Check the screenshot below and read the below section.

  • H1B Filed Only – No lottery Result indicated : If the system extends your OPT end date to June 1st, it only tells that your H1B petition was filed, but does not tell anything about H1B Lottery result. So, this state clearly does not tell your H1B Lottery result.
  • H1B Lottery Selected/ Pending Processing / Approved : The OPT end date in SEVIS system will be updated to September 30th, if it is either approved or in pending status by USCIS. What it means is that your case was selected in the lottery and is either being processed or approved.

These details are visible in SEVIS system to DSO and these also are replicated to SEVP Portal. We will look at SEVP portal later.

OPT Statuses in SEVP System with H1B Changes like Approved Rejected or FiledCan DSO Update the F1 student status in SEVIS ? If so, what can they do ?

As we mentioned earlier, not all times the data is transferred properly and there may be scenarios where SEVIS system is not updated automatically based on H1B status from USCIS. Below are the three statuses a DSO can update the system based on information provided by Student.

  • Filed
  • Rejected
  • Waitlisted
  • Cancelled

If your OPT cap gap is before June 1st and the system is not updated, you can send your Fedex Receipt and application info from Attorney/ employer and ask your DSO to update the status to filed and have your F1 status updated to June 1st.  Depending on the result of Lottery and case notice details, you can subsequently work with DSO and update these details in SEVIS.

DSO Options for Cap Gap Extension in SEVP System
What is SEVIS Data Fix  ?

If DSO has issues updating the system after he learns from the student, they should call SEVIS help desk for a data fix as shown below.  Once DSO calls or emails SEVIS they will get a help desk ticket with a reference number.  This can be used to expedite the request, if there are any urgent issues.

DSO Calling Data Fix update SEVP System

Now, let’s look at the SEVIS Portal scenarios, where many students have been posting on the blog that their OPT end date was updated and they got selected in lottery.

SEVP Portal OPT End Date Changes for Cap Gap Students – Lottery Selected ?

First and foremost, SEVP Portal and SEVIS share the same data. SEVIS system data is replicated once a day to SEVP Portal. So, both DSO or you will see the same information after the sync happens.  As an F1 student on OPT, if your OPT is approved and started, you would have got an email from [email protected] to create an account. If you have missed the email by either spam or have wrong email ID in SEVIS, you can ask your DSO to re-send the registration email for SEVP Portal. You can register and create an account. For detail steps, check out SEVP Portal User Guide.

After you login, you will see the OPT end date under employment section. It looks like below. You can expand the + to see details of the employment. The key thing is the Type of OPT authorization and End Date. It should be Post Completion and the end date changes reflect your H1B petition status, depending on how the USCIS system data is updated with SEVIS.   SEVP Portal Post Completion OPT

  • H1B Lottery Selected :  If your OPT end date in SEVP Portal under employment is changed to September 30th, it means that your H1B Petition is either in Approved or Pending status, which basically means that you were selected in H1B Lottery.
  • H1B Petition Filed : If your OPT end date in SEVP Portal under employment is changed to June 1st, it indicates that your H1B petition was filed, but does not indicate your petition was picked in Lottery.

Samples SEVP Portal Updates posted by Users with OPT End date Extended to September 30th ( 9/30) – H1B Lottery Selected .

Thanks to few of our readers Ash, sj, and others who have shared their SEVP Portal update with us for clarity. They look like below. Thanks to Ash,sj and others for their help !

Post Completion OPT End date Updated to September 30th.  

SEVP Portal Sample Septmeber 30 Updated Date OPT end Cap Gap

STEM OPT Sample OPT End date updated 
SEVP Portal OPT end Date H1B Lottery Selected

So, in a nutshell, if you are in cap gap scenario and have your OPT ending date updated in SEVP Portal or SEVIS as updated by DSO, you can derive that your H1B petition was either picked in H1B Lottery or not. But, one key thing, not all of the data is properly synchronized with USCIS and SEVIS and it is your duty to call DSO and update your status, if you find it out from employer that your H1B was picked in lottery or rejected. You will need to submit reject notice or case receipt copy to be able to have DSO edit your SEVIS records properly. Also, do not be disheartened that your status or end date was not updated like others as you see comments on the blog, it takes time…not everyone gets at the same time…it can take few weeks or a month or more. Until you get a reject notice, do not take anything for granted. Stay positive !

What are your thoughts ? Your experiences with SEVP Portal ? Status updates on SEVIS vs SEVP Portal ? Any other questions.

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Comments ( 1,621 )

        1. H1B

          Sorry, my bad. I did not see that you had already mentioned your OPT expiry date. But I would still like to know the center. Thanks in advance.

        2. Waitingame

          My opt was supposed to end at 7/16. My employer filed from New York so I assume it is Vermont. I can’t reach out to the lawyer because my HR asks me to sit tight and wait and I get no response from them. I might talk to my dso.

      1. FirstTimeApplied

        My lawyer said quite possibly the h1b is picked but we cant be sure until we receive Receipt. For SEVP updates guyzz Receipts are on their way. best luck.

  1. Third & Final Attempt

    Read and knew that. However, not everyone whose EAD is expiring before June 1 is automatically updated to June 1. That’s why some of us had to contact our DSO to update it to continue working until June 1.
    And for comments on non-AD petitions, if you read Rej’s on April 28 and H1bquery’s comment on April 27, Rej already got Sept 30 updated on April 27 on Sevp Portal and H1bquery mentioned that his/her attorney received receipt notice on April 22 and so did a few other non-ADs.
    Anyway, the data entry will be completed soon. Until then….

  2. H1B

    For anyone here, SEVP got updated to June 1 and then later got updates to 30 sept? Mine got changed to June 1 on 26th April. Can I still expect that it could change?

      1. H1B

        @Third & Final Attempt
        Contacted DSO for cap gap and I guess that’s why it got extended to June 1. And yes OPT expires on may 31.

        1. Third & Final Attempt

          We have to stop working on June 1 in order to file Form 1-9. My take is that most likely I was not selected since most selected ones (ADs and a few non-ADs) with EAD expiring before Sept 30 had that date updated on their sevp portal or sevis, or had checks cashed and/or received notice.

    1. Third & Final Attempt

      You had probably read that Sevp Portal is updated today to Sept 30 from June 1 for one or two cases. So there is hope. Let me know your result. All the best to you!

  3. HappyMonday!

    SEVP just got updated to 9/30 at 11:30 AM PST (30th April). NON-STEM OPT, Advanced Degree, CA center. This was my one and only chance and relieved to see it picked in the lottery. All the best wishes to people in critical situation!!

    1. NYU_GRAD

      This is my first try for H1B, my status changes to 9/30 from 6/14 on april 26th but still don’t have any confirmation from USCIS or employer if it has been picked in lottery.

  4. raymond_daemon

    Contacted my school today, (saw update in my SEVP on 24th of this month – 09/30/2018) to request for a new i20 and they said I’d need to provide a receipt for them to process a cap gap i20. i asked them if they know anything about the updates in the SEVP where my employment authorization had changed from 05/31/2018 to 09/30/2018 and they said they don’t know anything about that and that they aren’t permitted to see any information about SEVIS. They are only care about F1 visa issues and nothing else. Basically, I’d need to work with my employer to find out if my petition was picked in the lottery and then provide them with a receipt. The folks that have successfully worked with their schools to get a receipt even when your employers haven’t gotten a receipt, how did you do it?

      1. raymond_daemon

        this whole thing should be straightforward but of course it had to be this confusing and complicated. The only reason people believe that getting an employment authorization end date of 9/30 = getting picked in the lottery is that so far, everyone who got such update in their SEVP has eventually gotten a receipt. There’s nothing official from USCIS on this particular distinction and it’s a bummer. I’m just mentally exhausted and i can’t even imagine what other folks for whom this was their last chance as well and haven’t gotten any sort of update are going through.

    1. FirstTimeApplied

      My DSO Said exactly the same thing. It depends by DSO to DSO if they want to help. Just we were not that lucky. but that lucky to see SEVP Update. So don’t care u will get receipt some time next month.

    2. Kay

      @raymond_daemon- Hang in there dude. Your receipt is on your way for sure. I got my case number from my DSO today. I also got my receipt from attorney. Receipt was issued on 04-19-2018 but I got it only today (04-30-2018). I know its difficult to have patience I was in that state till today Morning. You will get it within this Friday. It takes Minimum 10 days .

  5. RD

    My DSO says that my petition has been picked in the Lottery and provided a case number. However the employer has not provided me with any updates nor I see any changes on the SEVP application.

    Kinda confused !

  6. Skates

    I work in NY. My case probably would have gone to Vermont service center. Is Vermont service center taking time to send receipts?
    Sevp portal updated on 4/24.

    1. nani

      I received the receipt on 26th, and the notice date on the receipt is 04/19/2018. So I think it takes at least a week to receive the notice.

    2. Life's Hard, Y'all

      Mine updated on 4/23 and still no notice that I’ve heard of. If you get it, can you please update here? Thanks.

  7. Hope

    I saw an update on my SEVIS last Friday. OPT was set to expire in July. I am AD. Vermont center. Do not loose hope guys. I hope everyone who really needs and deserves it get through the lottery.

  8. Third & Final Attempt

    Non-AD with stem opt extension ending this coming mid-May. Emailed DSO last week to update employment authorization date (attached proof of timely-filed H1-B petition). Morning of April 28, the authorization end date was updated to only June 1st.

    Anyone with only June 1st updated? Oh well, I guess it’s time to pack up and go home then.

    1. Third & Final Attempt

      Oops, I meant April 27th’s morning. It was not updated to Sept 30, but only June 1st. No news from attorney nor employer’s checks cashed.

          1. Hope

            Also, it could either be that our SEVIS isn’t updated yet or we didn’t make it through the lottery process. If we did make through, our authorized end date will be changed to Sept 30th in the future.

        1. Third & Final Attempt

          There is still hope. You’d probably read of one or two cases where their Sevp Portal was updated today from June 1 to Sept 30. Anyway, wait till date entry is completed; anytime soon, I think. Hope to hear the good news from you!

    2. Applicant

      If you check out the USCIS website, they extend the OPT to June 1st for anyone who has filed for H1B and have their OPT expiring before June 1st. This is done so that the applicant can maintain legal working status while they parse through the H1B applications. I would say that everyone should be patient till mid-May to find out the status. Good luck!

    3. Ramesh Chong

      At my company there is a person who is working remotely while waiting for the results of his 4th H-1B lottery. Do you think your company can do this for you?

  9. Life's Hard, Y'all

    SEVP updated on 4/23 and got the Receipt Number from my school. Checked it on the USCIS tracker and it said they sent the receipt notice.

    Still haven’t heard from my company’s attorney regarding the receipt notice. Does it take that long to send a letter from Vermont to Manhattan??

  10. H1B Aspirant

    I have contacted my DSO on Friday. I got below reply from her. Can I come to conclusion now that I am not picked in lottery?
    My OPT ends in December 2019…

    “Your SEVIS record does not show a change of status pending. This may seem to indicate that your H1B was not picked in the lottery.

    Please work with your immigration attorney. “

    1. FirstTimeApplied

      Be Patient . The game is not over until you get the reject letter. I was in stress too but status changed on Friday. This things take time. Hope you will get receipt. Best luck!

      1. H1B Aspirant

        Thanks @FirstTimeAppied. This so stressful as hell. I have another question related to SEVIS. According to the above article it says that SEVIS will show the status pending only for CAP gap students?? Does it really not show the status for 1st year STEM OPT students??

        Note: I am talking about SEVIS. Not SEVP.

        Please sharee your thoughts.

        1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

          shows status “pending” for anyone in F1 applied for COS to H1b and picked regardless whether in Post completion opt or any year on stem opt. Only DSO can see that.

          1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            When uscis says data entry complete. Check your status with DSO and decide upon what she says.

        2. NYU_GRAD

          This is my first try for H1B, my status changes to 9/30 from 6/14 on april 26th but still don’t have any confirmation from USCIS or employer if it has been picked in lottery.

  11. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

    Is Slack group still active ? Anybody from the slack group share the invite?

      1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

        Glad to know there is someone here of my time. 😀

        Can you ask somebody in group to paste the link here?

        1. Ultimate Warrior Andre The Giant Yokozuna Norman El Matador Hawksaw Jim Daggun

          Yep. Old and still resting career on H1B super lotto.. Let me try to dig up the slack link!


          Macho Man Randy Savage

  12. Samsung

    Hi All,
    I have not yet received an update yet. This is my last attempt(OPT ending June). I am currently considering joining a Day1 CPT college. My Univ is saying it cannot transfer my sevis, if I am actively employed.
    Quick questions regarding this.

    1.) For Sevis transfer to happen, should i quit and re-join my current employer. Is this mandatory in all univs?.
    2.) If i quit and re-join the company, will it impact my H1-B( in case it is picked this yr).

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    1. edwardss

      Why are you hurrying? You can continue working at least till June 1 on your OPT. And yes, joining day 1 CPT college will impact your H1b if picked this or any future year.

  13. Alvaro

    Hola Amigos,

    In the SEVP portal. The “relation to field” in history edit seems like glitch. There is no change in the verbage from old to new. May be whenever they edit EAD end date this glitch happens I suppose. Pour in your opinions. Have a great weekends.


    1. USCIS_Emma

      Hi @Alvaro,

      I saw an edit on my SEVP portal on April 17th. The “relation to field” has been edited. There is no change in the verbiage, but saw an extra white space character compared to the old. I hope this means they edited something. My EAD will expire only by Dec 2019.

      1. Coolbuddy

        Same here. My opt ends in june 2019. So authorized end date will not change. Relation to field has change. I m nt sure if it means anything. But has your check been cashed ??

        1. USCIS_Emma

          Nope. I contacted my lawyer. He said he have not received any receipts yet. But I am with Fragomen. They are slow. I really wish the edit glitch is a good sign.

      2. Alvaro

        so it means the glitch is for whose ever sevis status was updated not just when end authorization edit.. im pretty sure yours is picked… check with your dso your status would say pending..

        1. Alvaro

          In my case i’m on last year of stem opt. I saw two edit in history on same day same time. One was relation to field (old and new no change) and other was old and new authorization end date. new authorization end date was 9/30. Next day i checked with accounts dept they said check has been cashed. I dont think its regular system update.
          May if you applied for stem ext just recently and its pending and DSO reviewed i983 and updated it is another story. In my case stem is about to end in june but now extended to 09/30. updating relation to field now doesnt make sense more over nothing has changed in the verbiage. I conclude its a glitch that happens whenever sevis make a update to sevp on status. It my personal opinion.

          1. Alvaro

            What i feel whoever on already on stem opt (like on first year of stem) and see this “relation to field” edit I guess those people are picked up in lottery too. They dont see end date being extended because their end date is already way above 09/30 so its not required to change. Check with your DSO and let me know what he/she says. May be they would say your status is “pending”

          2. OPT applicant AD

            You are correct Alvaro,

            If there is a little bit of change in the text of relation to field, it means, you are picked up in lottery.

            Mine was changed 0n 04/24 and they updated the status to “change of status is pending” on 04/27.

            Today I got the receipt number from my new I-20. Try to get a new I-20 from your DSO if they are not responding your questions.

            In the I-20 you will get a clear picture.

          3. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow aka Alvaro aka Sam Whittaker :D

            Good man enjoy!


        1. Coolbuddy

          I really hope this means pick up in the lottery . Though i have nt seen anyone who told that his case was picked after just seeing an update in the history tab.. lets see

          1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            not just any edit. This relation to field actually requires DSO input. In my case edit was from SEVIS along with another edit of date change on same day same time. If you see retion to field edit from SEVIS not from DSO. There is high prpbability of your petition getting picked. Prove me right. Check with your dso…..

          2. Coolbuddy

            My dso is not supportive at all. Their only reply was that i need to check with my employer’s attorney. Anyways i think after mid may, the chances are very grim. I will be having last chance next time. I totally hate this system of lottery. Backward system in a developed nation. No wonder, telugu ppl abused it too much that desrving ppl are suffering. High time we have skill based and merit based h1b’s

          3. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            I agree with you on most of it. But its wrong point out certain people who speak certain language and paint everyone as abusers. There are good and bad in every community, religion and all walks of life. I dont speak telugu but I have know many telugu speaking people who are deserving as much as anybody else.

      3. LastChance

        I’m on the same boat. My STEM OPT ends in Jan 2019. Saw updates to “relation to field” on April 20th ( just added commas ). I haven’t heard anything from attorney. DSO not helpful. Not sure what’s the deal here.

        1. Coolbuddy

          When was your account created . And was there any other update done apart from relation to field. I think they are just regular maintenace updates when a new account is created

          1. Ultimate Warrior Andre The Giant Yokozuna Norman El Matador Hawksaw Jim Daggun

            I requested SEVP access on April 15th and got access on April 16th. I have two edits, both Source SEVIS. One on 16th April , email change another on 17th April “Relation to field”, verbiage is the same but have an extra space character 🙂

            No clue if this means something.

      4. COOLBUDDY

        AD, VT, Jun 2019

        So guys, i received my receipt number. Any change to relation to field does mean that you are selected in lottery atleast in my case. I guess i just gave another ray of hope to everyone who got this change in the relation to field. Another prrof is that my recept was generated on 04/20, same date those changes were made in sevp portal . Cheers.. hope every deserving candidate gets the receipt.

        1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow aka Alvaro aka Sam Whittaker :D

          Wow… Congratlutions Buddy!!!!!!!!!!
          Thanks for proving my theory relation-vity!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday another guy down this thread got to know he/she was picked from DSO

        2. LastChance

          I got updates to “Relation to field” on april 20th. My stem opt ends in jan 2019. I haven’t heard anything so far from my lawyer. Worried….

          1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow aka Alvaro aka Sam Whittaker :D

            Check with your DSO .. He/she would day pending…

          1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            Hey positive! Just now got receipt notice….

          2. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            received date is 04/12/2018
            Notice date is 04/24/2018

      1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

        i think youre asking about mine? it was updated on 25 but had stopped looking at sevp as I had lost hope. On 26 evening i opened it thinking nothing would have changed but to my surprise there was automatic cap gap. So i say to everybody dont lose hope.

        1. OPT applicant AD

          Hi all,

          My details:

          MY STEM OPT approved on 04/20/2018…..My STEM OPT is expiring in June 2018
          on 04/24/2018 my SEVP portal’s “Relation to field” was updated as below

          Change Type Old New
          Relation To Field (XXXXXXX) I-983 “Training … STEM OPT Students is …….. Form I-983, “Training … STEM OPT Students, is …

          (Just couple of commas were added to the old text)

          There is no info related to H1-B.. in this.

          No check encashed information from Attorney
          No updates from DSO…

          Don’t know, whether my Petition was picked up in the lottery or not. I pray for all the guys who are on last chance and really in need of H1, rather than going to day 1 CPT. All the very best guys.

          I still have 2 more chance…if I don’t get..this year. But Best wishes for all.

          1. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            Its hard to predict here Since you just got stem approved. It could be your DSO or SEVIS who editted it. But I think it is high probability that DSO editted it and added commas. Because sevis wont add commas. Sorry….

          2. OPT applicant AD

            I have confirmed with my DSO… they have not done any changes.

            And it is mentioned that it has been changed by SEVIS…

          3. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            Ask DSO what does the SEVIS status say? He/She could say whether , active or pending……

          4. OPT applicant AD

            Hey British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow, (Pretty Long name man)

            I just have asked my DSO, and she confirmed that my status got updated to “Change of Status Pending”. She also has mentioned on my request that “It does not have a receipt number listed on your record, I’m sorry. Your HR department should be able to get that for you though. They are able to contact them for more information that I can see on my end.”

            Still don’t understand the clear picture.

            My Attorney is not responsive.

            Please advise.

          5. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            Dude calm down its time to go and party. Sometimes it happens you dont see case id. COS pending means youre thru. You should have receipt notice within a week. Now go and party…

          6. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            So you now prove my theory that any edit from SEVIS who are not on last year opt means picked up in lottery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          7. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow

            So coolbuddy and last chance are picked as well….

          8. Alvaro

            And now forget to update me once you get recept notice.. its same british bull dog blah blah blah here from cell phone

          9. OPT applicant AD

            Hey guys,

            And finally its a YES… I have received my receipt number.

            My “Change of Status is pending” was updated on 04/27 and I asked my DSO about any update yesterday, he informed me the same. Today I went to my DSO and asked about my receipt number; he said I don’t see any number here. I am sure that he does not have enough experience to find out the receipt number.

            I went to my DSO, to obtain my new I-20 as I needed to submit it to my employer. While leaving the office, suddenly I saw my Change of status /CAP-GAP EXTENSION block is updated with below details

            Requested VISA type Request/petition status Receipt number benefit start date/request date

            Before this block(Change of status /CAP-GAP EXTENSION) was empty in my previous I-20.

            He could not locate my receipt number in his system. I have checked my number in the USCIS website, but it says its invalid. Probably, they have not yet updated this number in their system.

            I hope they update the same soon.

            So, if any one has the same case like mine, I have one suggestion. Go to your DSO, and ask for your Latest I-20 by making any excuse like you lost your old one or something else. In this case they can not deny and in the new I-20 you will have your H1-B details available. That’s the best way I guess if you have any clue but unsure about your status.

            I will try to share a screen shot of my I-20, if possible.
            Once my Receipt number is available, then I will update guys.

            All the best guys. Hope my this long text will help you brothers and sisters.

          10. British Bull Dog Tatanka Luke Butch Razor Ramon Bam Bam Bigelow aka Alvaro aka Sam Whittaker :D

            treat? at least ice cream?

          11. OPT applicant AD

            Certainly… we can have treat…

            Before that I need to pray for others too. Hope they get good news soon…


  14. h1bquery

    Hi, I am non-AD. My attorney got receipt on 22nd April. One of my non-AD friends has also received a receipt. USCIS already started sending non-AD receipts.

  15. Raihan

    Received Case Receipt from the attorney today. Vermont. Advanced Degree. Interestingly, no update in SEVP. Currently, OPT is set to expire in mid of June 2018. So for those disappointed for not seeing any change in SEVP portal employment/history page, don’t lose hope.

  16. KRISH

    My STEM OPT end date is Jan 2020. Will I see any update in SEVP portal if my H1B is picked? As of now, there is no change in the portal. Will the change happen only to people who need Cap-gap or for everyone irrespective of OPT/STEM end date?

    AD/2nd/CA/Single application/Fragomen

  17. Sai kiran Rathan

    My svep portal got updated to 09/30 and i checked with my attorney and they replied that they didnt get the notice yet. So i emailed my school asking for the update and they sent me the case id.

    Hope this helps

      1. Pranav Shah

        I am on OPT. I got my SEVP Portal update on 25th April. The date got updated to 09/30/2018, but my employer has not received the case receipt yet. Is the date update an official confirmation that my case was picked in the lottery? If so, how much time does it take for the employer’s attorney to get the case receipt after the date update on SEVP portal?

        1. Ramesh Chong

          It’s not official, but it’s a very accurate indicator. No one in 2018 with 9/30 has reported receiving non-selected notice yet. However it’s early for such reports.

    1. FS

      Hi Sai kiran Rathan , did your school have the receipt number you needed to track the application status on USCIS page, despite the check was not cashed yet?

      1. Sai kiran Rathan

        Yes my scool gave me the recipt number and asked me to wait for the original recipt to be received by the attorney and submit to college for i20 generation.
        My attorney still havent received the recipt yet.

    1. goingbackinfewyears

      Lol.. good luck with the GC.
      (I am assuming you are from India as most of the people posting here are Indians :p)

  18. genuine_appliacant

    My employer says he filed for h1b.My opt end date is 05/27/2018.I have applied for opt stem
    0n 12th march.So far I haven’t seen any update on sevp portal on my opt dates.Could anyone please shed some light on this issue

    1. CornellRules

      Hope that by next week there is an update for AD applicants in cap gap. If there isn’t any, like so far in my case. We are all going home. It sucks, but it is what it is. Good luck to all those that are still waiting, including me.

      PS. I work for my own company here in US, but based on circumstances, had no choice but to apply for a H1B. My co-founders are definitely happy.

  19. Ramesh Chong

    @ all who are losing hope,

    I have seen lots of posts here from people who were losing hope for the last 1-10 days and yet they got USCIS receipt notice saying that they were selected. Imagine for one second if those lucky petitioners gave up, did some crazy things, ruined relations with friends, relatives, coworkers, etc.? Even suicided a few days prior to the USCIS receipt? Or just a few minutes before the SEVIS update?

    Those posts are one of the best lessons in my life. Never give up. Never lose hope. Don’t be like my friend who didn’t got SEVIS update, was very unhappy and angry; and ruined relations with friends who got SEVIS update. Later she’s got USCIS receipt notice. And now she is very apologetic.

    Good luck to all of US!

  20. StillWaiting

    How long is it taking for you to get the receipt notice from your employer/attorney after you see the update in the SEVP Portal?

      1. StillWaiting

        My update date is 2/24 but other people with same date at my work have received their notice from the attorney. I’m still waiting. Not sure what’s going on

  21. Coolbuddy

    I am noticing from the comeents from past week or so is that .. students who are on opt and have last are getting the preference as far as updation of sevp portal and sending out receipts is concerned. So ppl who are on their 2nd and 1st chance still have fair chance.. and going by last years trends.. the receipt notices keep trickling in till the end of may .. so be patient guys.

  22. Vutcheck

    Portal updated on the 23rd and managed to get a receipt number on my new I-20. That status on the website says the notice has been sent (Vermont). Still no receipt on my end . . . I know this has been asked before, but any idea how long it takes? Shouldn’t take more than a few days for it to reach from Vermont to NYC lol :/

          1. Vutcheck

            Hahah is it sneaky?? I thought people have been doing this for years! I certainly didn’t come up with the idea lol

      1. Vutcheck

        The new I20 has a cap-gap comments section, in which you can see your receipt number. I’m definitely not the first person on here to have done this…(in fact I got the idea to do it from people on here)

        1. LastChance

          Let’s say you are not eligible for cap-gap. ( STEM opt ends in jan 2019 ). will you still see receipt number in that section if your application is picked in lottery?

        2. stem opt start date from oct 1 instead of actual EAD expiry

          Hi vutcheck,

          what was the start date of your stem opt on i20

  23. Important

    I know a lot of people with names starting or ending with S, T getting updates during the first week. Please don’t jump to conclusions. Of course, the wait is tough but keep patience.

  24. Genuine Applicant

    SEVP portal updated with end date 09/30 today at around 1.10 PM CT. Have been waiting for this for eons. 2nd and last attempt with STEM ending in June 2018. AD/CA.

    Good luck to all the genuine candidates. It will come to you as well.

      1. Genuine Applicant

        @Ramesh Chong – I have been observing you some good things to say people here. I am not able to understand where does all these things came from? OR have you mistaken that other fellow for me?

      1. AD-VT/3rd attempt

        I saw the update this afternoon. My OPT end date was June 20,2018. Don’t loose hope, I am sure that there are lot more updates on the way. I really hope that every genuine applicant gets picked.

  25. raymond_daemon

    SEVP got updated to 09/30/2018 from 05/31/2018 on 4/24/2018. I’m still not convinced after reading so many of your rather helpful comments that this means for sure that I have been selected but I have prayed and cried about my petition for a long time because this is my last chance; I don’t want to leave everything to go back home so I’m hopeful that a confirmation is imminent. I am still waiting for confirmation from the lawyers but feel somewhat relieved to know that the possibility of getting a receipt is now higher. I’m in CA btw and with an advanced degree in computer science.

      1. raymond_daemon

        for some reason i just don’t want to talk to them until they reach out to me. maybe because i went back and forth with them at length last year until they delivered the bad news and i don’t want to have that level of anxiety again each time I see a new message from them. so i’m going to hold off until they reach out to me themselves, so that will definitely mean it’s something good when they do.

    1. Kay


      Hang in there dude. There are so many in this boat. My SEVP got updated on 04/20 I didn’t hear anything from my attorney yet. I sent an email to attorney to check whether the cheque is cashed but no response for that. I have asked my DSO to give me an updated I20 with a hope that I can find my receipt number at least in that. :(. My petition was submitted to Vermont center.

        1. Kay

          @raymind_daemon-OurReceipts are on its way. Contact DSO and obtain new I 20. I just read today we can find receipt number in it. I made a request with my DSO today.

  26. FirstTimeApplied

    SEVP Updated Today 04/27/2018 at 11:40 AM PST.
    Initial OPT End Date was 7/9/2018 updated to 09/30/2018.
    Shows Future STEM applied as well 7/10/2018 to 07/09/2020.
    Was Checking blogs and SEVP portal every second from Monday.
    Thank you guyss! Best Luck to you all.

  27. PickMe

    from LCA number can we checked our status H1b( picked or not)
    I heard that from some one that he has been picked up and reason said that her employer has checked with LCA number.
    non master degree.

      1. PickMe

        Just she told my another friend that her case approved and my friend asked how did you know. She said my employer has checked with LCA number.
        So my question is can we check with LCA number ??

        No updates in SEVIS i think. I have no idea. ( this is not my case)

  28. ArseneKnowsBest

    AD but from a non-STEM program. So this is my only attempt.

    I am slowly beginning to lose hope. Haven’t seen any update.
    Going by the posts on this forum, it is clear that updates are being made everyday since the updates started.

    I know it is impossible to tell whether they have only notified people whose petitions were picked from the AD lottery, but the chances keep reducing day by day.

        1. Annie

          Hope, thanks you for the reply. I just checked with DSO, they said if I did not get I-20 level changed then can not renew my driver license and do nothing.

    1. Hope

      I wish there is another SEVP update storm like there was one last Friday. I know most of the people had their portals updated last Friday. Whatever, I am loosing hope day by day.

    2. Ramesh Chong

      @Arsen, we have discussed this issue. Do not give up. People are still getting updates on SEVIS. You might have been selected at the second round of lottery (for AD + non-AD). Which means you will have to wait fro 2-4 weeks to find out.

      1. FY 2019 Master's CAP

        Hi ArseneKnowsBest

        May be you don’t have any changes in your SEVP portal.

        Just go to your profile page and make any change and save them. May be after that you may see history tab. This is just guess not sure if that will work or not.

        I hope this helps.

  29. LastChance

    STEM OPT ends in Jan 2019, no updates from employer/attorney, school DSO says there is no update in SEVIS. Is there still a possibility of being selected in lottery? .. Worried..

  30. ForeverStressed

    SEVP date changed this past Monday. Requested a new I20 and looked up the case on the USCIS website, which said they sent a notice.

    I have not received this notice yet, though.

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