Optional Practical Training (OPT)

OPT Administrative Processing Fee

The OPT Administrative Processing Fee is required for DCISS to maintain systems required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to maintain a student’s F-1 SEVIS record during their OPT period.

SEVIS maintenance fees are covered for current, enrolled UCLA students through their UCLA enrollment fees. Since students will not be enrolled at UCLA during their OPT period, they will be charged an OPT Administrative Processing Fee during their OPT period to allow DCISS to process F-1 benefits such as travel authorization, Cap-Gap I-20 Requests, and OPT employment and address reporting.

Students are required to pay the OPT Administrative Processing Fee each time they apply for Post-Completion OPT or the STEM OPT Extension:

  • Initial 12-month OPT Administrative Processing Fee: $40
  • OPT STEM Extension Administrative Processing Fee: $380

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