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).

ISSS is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except when closed for federal and University holidays. In order to expedite your check-in with ISSS, it is recommend that you come to our office during Walk-in Advising.

Check-in requires original immigration documents:

  • Current Passport
  • I-94 record (retrievable from the CBP website after arrival to the U.S. https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
  • 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 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.