OPT Application Instructions

Note: Berkeley International Office will not accommodate expedite requests from students. The standard processing time at Berkeley International Office for OPT I-20 requests is three (3) business days (excluding weekends and holidays). Please keep this in mind as you are planning ahead.

Application Instructions

Step 1.
Review the OPT Application Guide at left for a complete overview of the process.

Step 2.
Fill out the OPT I-20 Request Form and have it signed by your Academic Advisor before submitting to Berkeley International Office.

Step 3.
Review the Application Checklist before mailing your application to the USCIS
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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.