Student Request Forms

Berkeley International Office cannot accommodate expedite requests from students. The standard processing time for all student request forms is 5 business days (excluding weekends and holidays). Barring any technical issues, documents will be ready by 1 p.m. on the fifth business day.

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1. Academic Training for J-1 Students

J-1 students with off-campus job offers related to their fields of study should complete this form.

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2. Adding a Dependent

F-1 or J-1 students requesting their spouse or children to join them should complete this form.

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3. Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

F-1 students seeking off-campus work authorization in their fields of study should complete this form.

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4. Extension of Program

F-1 or J-1 students seeking to extend their I-20 or DS-2019 end date should complete this form.

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5. Guarantee of Financial Support
    (UC Berkeley Departments)

For verification of financial support from the Academic Department.

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6. Guarantee of Financial Support
    (Private Sponsor)

For verification of financial support from private sponsors.

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7. J-1 On-Campus Employment & Fellowships

J-1 students seeking to begin, change, or renew on-campus employment or fellowships should complete this form.

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8. Optional Practical Training (OPT)

F-1 students seeking employment in the U.S. in their field of study should complete this form.

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9. OPT STEM Extension Application

F-1 students on post-completion OPT with degrees in STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) should fill out this form to request an extension of OPT.

Online Application

10. Reduced Course Load:
      Final Semester

F-1 and J-1 requesting to drop below full-time enrollment in their final semester should complete this form.

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11. Reduced Course Load: Academic Reasons

F-1 and J-1 requesting to drop below full-time enrollment for reasons of academic difficulty should complete this form.

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12. Reduced Course Load or Withdrawal: Medical Reasons

F-1 and J-1 requesting to drop below full-time enrollment for medical reasons should complete this form. 

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13. Replacement Document Form

F-1 and J-1 students who have lost, damaged, or need a correction/update on their own or their dependents' I-20s or DS-2019s should complete this form.

Current Students

Post-Completion Students (OPT/AT)

14. Social Security Number

Social Security Numbers are needed for F-1 and J-1 students who will be employed in the U.S.

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15. Transfer-Out Request Form

F-1 students transferring out of UC Berkeley to another U.S. institution should complete this form. J-1 students should speak with a BIO adviser.

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How to get your BIO form electronically signed by an academic advisor

BIO understands that many academic advisors are working remotely and may not be able to sign forms by hand.  To accommodate this situation, we will accept the following types of signatures:

  1. Docusign signature
  2. Adobe digital signature  (example on page 3).
  3. Hand-drawn signature (not typed) using mouse or touch screen (example)
  4. Email confirmation of approval.  For this method, follow the steps below.
    • Email the BIO form to the appropriate academic advisor.  
    • The advisor should complete the bottom portion of the form but can type their name instead of signing in the signature field. They should email the form back to you with the line "I approve [student name and student ID] for ..." in the body of the email. 
    • Forward the academic advisor's email and the BIO form to us for review.  BIO's email address is internationaloffice@berkeley.edu.