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. The Post-Completion Services Fee covers advising and support services provided during the 12-month period (or any part thereof) of OPT. STEM Extensions will incur an additional $225 fee at the time of application.

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.