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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
For international students holding an F-1 visa:
Under current regulations, international students holding F-1 visas who enroll in Cross-Cultural Seminar can be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) provided they meet eligibility and procedural requirements. CPT is authorized employment pursuant to an internship elective that earns academic credit toward fulfilling degree requirements. To be eligible you must have completed at least two semesters of study. The procedure for international students who wish to be authorized for CPT is as follows:
1. Bring the completed Cross-Cultural Seminar application, along with a letter from your employer confirming the exact start and end dates of the internship, to OSA in Uris hall room 113.
2. After OSA has approved and signed off on your application, bring a copy of the employer’s letter and the Cross-Cultural Seminar application form (signed by an OSA officer) to the ISSO, along with your passport, a print-out of your electronic I-94 document, and I-20.
3. The above-listed documentation can be submitted to the ISSO as early as 90 days but no less than 10 days before you wish to begin employment.
4. The ISSO will update your SEVIS record for CPT authorization and issue a new I-20. The ISSO will email you when the new I-20 is ready to be picked up, normally within 2-3 business days.
5. Students doing an internship during a summer term off will be registered for the Cross-Cultural Seminar in the following Fall term. Failure to register for the course and receive a passing grade will result in unlawful employment in violation of your F-1 status.
If you have any additional questions about CPT or other matters relating to your F-1 status, please refer to the ISSO website or contact the ISSO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additionally, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Employment related to your field of study immediately after completion of your studies, authorized by USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) through the issuance of an EAD card (Employment Authorization Document). OPT is permitted for a period of up to a maximum of twelve months.
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