OPT Application Instructions

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, 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 here and on the DHS Student in the Statues OPT STEM Hub.