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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a work authorization available to F-1 students to engage in paid or unpaid training opportunities off campus. These may include:
The training must be an integral or important part of your program’s curriculum. CPT is only available to F-1 students during their program, and cannot be used after the completion of the program. Students interested in CPT should read all requirements below, then meet with their academic advisor to discuss whether CPT is available in their program.
To apply for CPT, you must have a written offer for a specific training position. The training must be an integral or important part of your program of study. It also must meet one of the requirements below:
To be eligible for CPT, you must maintain lawful F-1 status, and you must complete two semesters as a full-time student.
Part-Time Training: Employment for 20 hours or less per week while you are also enrolled for classes is considered part-time CPT. The employment authorization on your I-20 will specify permission to engage in part-time training, and you must be careful to limit your work to no more than 20 hours per week. There is no limitation on the length of time you may participate in part-time CPT but you must be enrolled full-time in school (unless it is summer vacation) during your training in order to maintain lawful F-1 status. Participation in part-time CPT does not affect your eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Full-Time Training: Employment for more than 20 hours per week is considered full-time CPT. The employment authorization on your I-20 will specify permission to engage in full-time training. While in full-time training, you do not need to be enrolled full-time in classes in order to maintain lawful F-1 status. However, you must still receive academic credit for each semester of full-time CPT. There is no limitation upon the length of time you may participate in full-time CPT, but if you participate for 12 months or more you will not be eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
Start the CPT Application Process Here - CPT I-20 Request E-Form
When you use the form, you will first have five different options to choose from:
Below are a list of documents that you might need to prepare for upload. Some might not apply to you based on what option you choose, so follow the instructions carefully. When you're ready to upload please make sure they're in PDF format and less than 5 MB per document.
CPT applications are processed by the OISS, and take about 5 - 10 business days after the student submits all the required documents. Students approved for CPT will receive an I-20 printed with their authorized training dates and hours. Students cannot work before or after these authorized dates. Students may be granted multiple CPT authorizations during their program.