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If you are employed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) while on Optional Practical Training (OPT), you should check-in with International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).

To complete check-in with ISSS, please email the following documents to

Check-in requires original immigration documents:

  • Current Passport
  • I-94 record (retrievable from the CBP website after arrival to the U.S.
  • F-1 visa and admission stamp from most recent entry to U.S.
  • I-20 form
  • EAD card
  • Receipt Notice from STEM filing (if STEM EAD has not yet been received)

You will also complete a form during check in, including your contact information, emergency contact information, and immigration history.

You should seek primary advising about OPT from a Designated School Official (DSO) from the institution that issued your Form I-20. F-1 Students from UNC can find more information on OPT here. For more information about F-1 OPT, visit the STUDY in the STATES website maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.