OPT Application Instructions

Effective Feb 12, 2016, students completing their degrees in May 2016 and beyond who request post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) from Berkeley International Office must pay a $75 Post-Completion Services Fee to cover advising and support services provided during the 12-month period (or any part thereof) of OPT. STEM Extensions will incur an additional fee at the time of application. Based on F-1 student regulations, the earliest date that students can submit OPT I-20 Request Forms for programs of study ending this Spring semester is February 12th.

Application Instructions

Step 1.
Review the OPT Application Guide [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 $75 Post-Completion Fee (by check or money order payable to UC Regents) to Berkeley International Office.

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, are may be eligible for an 24-month extension of their 12-Month of post-completion OPT (for a total eligibility of up to 36 months). See the web pages on the 24-Month STEM Extension for more information.