International student workshop: Curricular practical training

International student workshop: Curricular practical training

August 27, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Curricular Practical Training, also known
as CPT, is work authorization available to F-1 students who are currently active in their
academic program. The employment must be related to your field
of study and you must receive CPT authorization for both paid and unpaid positions. The International Center will grant the CPT
authorization after confirming your eligibility. Only students in active F-1 status who have
been fully-enrolled for two semesters are eligible to apply for CPT. If you recently transferred from another institution,
completed OPT, or changed your educational level, you may still be eligible to apply
for CPT as long as there has been no gap in your F-1 status. CPT may only be granted for a specific employer
and time period. So, you must have a job offer before applying
for CPT. The employment must be directly related to
your field of study and provide practical experience or training for your major. You will need to meet with your academic advisor
before applying for CPT, and he or she must recommend the employment as beneficial for
your academic program. Also, because it is Curricular Practical Training,
you must receive at least one hour of credit for the employment experience. Students who have already completed all degree
requirements are not eligible to apply for CPT. The purpose of CPT is to provide you with
practical work experience during your academic program. This work must be evaluated by your academic
program, so you are required to enroll in at least one credit hour for this purpose. Most students enroll in an internship, practicum,
independent study, or problems course for CPT, and it will be up to you and your academic
advisor to determine the most appropriate course. If you apply for more than one semester of
CPT, you must be enrolled for the CPT course every semester for which you are applying. If you are a graduate student working on your
thesis or dissertation and the CPT employment will provide data for your research project,
you may enroll in research credit hours to count as the CPT course. You will need to submit a letter from your
academic advisor explaining how the employment is providing data necessary for the completion
of your thesis or dissertation. There are two types of CPT authorization:
part-time and full-time. Part-time is defined as 20 hours or less of
work each week, and full-time is anything over 20 hours per week. Please keep in mind that if you engage in
12 months of full-time CPT, you are no longer eligible to apply for OPT. Part-time CPT has no impact on your eligibility
for OPT. The first step in applying for CPT is to find
a job! Once you have been offered employment, please
meet with your academic advisor to obtain his or her recommendation for the employment
and to choose a CPT course. Your advisor will need to complete and sign
the CPT Agreement Form with you. Then, enroll in the CPT course for the semester
or semesters in which you are applying for CPT. Once these steps have been completed, you
may submit an online document request for CPT through our website and submit the CPT
Agreement Form to the International Center front desk. Once we receive your CPT Agreement Form and
see that you are enrolled in the CPT course, we will process your request within five business
days. We will create a new I-20 for you, which will
include the CPT authorization on the third page. The new I-20 will list your employer’s information
as well as the dates of employment authorization. You are only authorized to work for that specific
employer during the dates listed. Please be aware that you are not permitted
to begin employment until you receive the new I-20 and the CPT start date has passed. Your new I-20 serves as your work authorization,
so your employer will need to make a copy of it for their records. You are still an active F-1 student, so you
must continue to maintain full-time enrollment while on CPT. Because CPT is employer-specific, you are
not able to transfer your authorization to a new employer. If you get a new job and would like to switch
employers, you will need to submit a new CPT request. Also, please keep in mind that you are only
authorized to work during the dates listed on your I-20. If you would like to cancel or shorten your
CPT authorization, please contact your International Student Advisor. If your offer of employment is extended beyond
the original dates, you may request an extension of your CPT authorization. You must do so at least one week prior to
the end date of your original CPT. In order to extend your CPT, please complete
a new online document request, submit a new CPT Agreement Form signed by your academic
advisor, and, if the CPT authorization extends into a new semester, enroll in the CPT course. After these steps have been completed, we
can extend your CPT and issue a new I-20 for you within five business days. Information Resources If you have questions
about CPT, please check out our CPT website or contact your International Student Advisor. You are also welcome to come by during walk-in
advising hours to speak with an Advisor about CPT.