Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 students is intended to provide hands-on, practical work experience in situations where the work serves as an integral part of a student's academic program and is prior to completion of that program. Students that have been in F-1 status for one academic year may apply to participate in this type of training. Students who have received one year or more of full-time CPT in an academic level are ineligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) in that same academic level.
To be eligible for curricular practical training, you must have a job offer, as the employment authorization will be employer specific. In addition, at least one of the following conditions must be met:
- Your academic program requires employment in the field of study as a condition of graduation. In this case, CPT does not need to be credit bearing.
- Your academic program offers credit-bearing training opportunities that are an important, but optional part of the program of study.
Make an appointment with an OIE advisor and bring the following:
- Passport and Form I-94;
- Completed Curricular Practical Training Recommendation Form | view;
- Letter of Curricular Training offer from prospective employer stating terms, length and location of employment;
- Current and any previous Form I-20
If it is determined that you are eligible to receive CPT, an OIA advisor will authorize your request. The advisor will update your record in SEVIS for CPT that is directly related to your major area of study. He/she will indicate whether the training is full-time or part-time, the employer's identification information and the dates of practical training. The advisor will then issue a SEVIS Form I-20 indicating that CPT has been approved. This updated Form I-20 will serve as proof of your authorization to work.
Once you receive your CPT endorsed Form I-20, you may engage in curricular practical training from the start date indicated on the Form I-20.