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.
Review the OPT Application Guide [pdf] at left for a complete overview of the process.
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.
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.