- Student in F-1 non-immigrant status
- Student maintaining legal F-1 status and making progress to complete degree program
- Student enrolled full-time for at least 1 academic year
- Have been enrolled for at least 2 academic semesters (read: a minimum of 9-months of academic study).
- CPT must directly connect to your degree program as noted on Form I-20.
- Student applies and is granted CPT work permission through CISP
CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING BASICS
- CPT is a benefit, not a right.
- Can facilitate employment and/or training that is an INTEGRAL part of an established curriculum.
- Authorization will be granted solely for experiential activity that has a strong and measurable connection to the student’s academic program, like a for-credit internship or cooperative education.
- Dropping CPT course has serious consequences
- Must be credit-bearing.
- Activities can be paid or unpaid.
- Is approved by the CISP, not by the USCIS.
- Will closely monitor all CPT activity will be closely monitored.
- Authorization dates must match a given semester.
Who is eligible for CPT?
- Completing Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree
- Completed two consecutive semesters as a full-time student
- Fall and Spring
- Spring and Fall
- Spring and Summer
- Summer and Fall
- Within timeframe it takes average student to complete degree
- 60 months for Bachelor’s degree
- 24 months for Master’s degree without a thesis
- 36 months for Master’s degree with a thesis
- 60 months for a Doctoral degree
Who is not eligible for CPT?
- Completed all requirements for degree program (applied to graduate and only needs current enrollment to graduate)
- Student who wants CPT based on a minor
- Student who wants a program extension to request CPT
- CPT students must make “normal academic progress” to be eligible for CPT; a history of unsatisfactory academic performance is a bar to CPT participation.
- CPT students may not take an “incomplete” for the CPT experience. An “incomplete” or “I” grade will be a bar to future CPT participation.
- Additional CPT authorization will not be provided for a CPT student to complete an “incomplete” internship or Co-Op experience.