OPT Application Instructions
Note: Berkeley International Office cannot accommodate expedite requests. The standard processing time for OPT I-20 requests is three (3) business days (excluding weekends and holidays). Please keep this in mind as you are planning ahead.
Review the OPT Application Guide [pdf] at left for a complete overview of the process.
Fill out the OPT I-20 Request Form [doc] and have it signed by your Academic Advisor before submitting to Berkeley International Office.
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.
17-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, are eligible for a one-time, 17-month extension of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 29 months). See the web pages on the 17-month Extension for more information.