Application Instructions

Step 1.
Review the OPT Tutorial [pdf] at left for a complete overview of the process.

Step 2. 
Submit OPT I-20 Request Form [doc] signed by your Academic Advisor and Post-Completion Fee (by check or money order payable to UC Regents) to Berkeley International Office. Fee is $100.

Step 3. 
Review the OPT Application Checklist (short video) before mailing your application to the USCIS.

SHIP / Health Insurance Eligibility on OPT

Students who complete a program of study are no longer eligible to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). 
The Tang Center has information about insurance plans that can be purchased after graduation.

24-Month Extensions of OPT

Students who have received a U.S. Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, may be eligible to apply for a 24-month STEM Extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 36 months of OPT). Additional information for students and employers can also be found on the  BIO 24 Month STEM Extension page and on the DHS Study in the States OPT STEM Hub.

Cover page for the OPT tutorial