Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available to F-1 students where the practical training is related to the student's field of study and is an integral part of an established curriculum. While the immigration regulations lay out the basic criteria for OPT, eligibility and employment options for CPT differ from school to school.
To be eligible for CPT, you must meet the following criteria:
According to immigration regulations, to qualify for CPT the employment must be either:
To apply for CPT, you must receive authorization from the Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS). OVIS will review your request and evaluate your eligibility for CPT. If you meet all the eligibility requirements the CPT request will be approved and you will be issued a new Form I-20 with the CPT endorsement. This will allow you to begin the CPT employment.
Please be aware that you must not continue employment beyond the date authorized on the Form I-20 unless you request and are granted an extension of permission to work. Employment after the expiration date of your CPT is unauthorized employment and a violation of immigration status.
We will request these documents to be attached with the request.
Please allow sufficient time for review and processing of your CPT request. We recommend submitting your request at least one to two weeks prior to the begin date of your internship to allow for CPT processing.
Students may engage in part-time CPT (20 hours or less per week) during the academic term or full-time CPT during a vacation term. Please be aware though, that if you work for 12 months or more in full-time CPT you will no longer be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after graduation.
There is no restriction on compensation during CPT.
Last Updated: 3/30/17