Part-Time CPT: Training for 20 hours or less per week is considered part-time CPT. The student is responsible for
limiting work to 20 hours per week or less. The student must maintain full-time enrollment during CPT in order to
maintain lawful F-1 status unless it is during a vacation term.
Full-Time CPT: Training for more than 20 hours per week is full-time CPT.
There is no limitation on the length of time that the student may participate in full-time Curricular Practical
Training. However, if a student is authorized for twelve months or more of full-time CPT, the student is not eligible
for Optional Practical Training (OPT) during or following the current degree program. The student must maintain
full-time enrollment during CPT in order to maintain status unless it is during a vacation period.
Time Periods: Authorization during vacation terms and official break can start the day after the final exam period
of the previous term and end the day before the first day of classes of the next term.
Students may begin Curricular Practical Training after completing the following procedures and receiving an I-20
with authorization on page 2. To apply, a student must submit the following:
1) A letter on official company letterhead signed by the training provider. The letter must include the following
information (see attached template):
a) Type of Training- with specific responsibilities
b) Location of the training
c) The maximum number of hours per week
d) Beginning and ending dates of the training.
2) A recommendation from the student’s academic advisor in Part B of the CPT Request. Students who will be
evaluated for more than one training for the same experiential learning course are required to submit a letter
from the course instructor verifying that the instructor will evaluate/grade the student based on more than
one training position. In this case, the course instructor should include a list of the trainings to be evaluated.
NOTE: If registration for an experiential learning course is required, the registration must be verified in
PioneerWeb. Registration is required for each quarter in which the training takes place.
If all the documents are complete and the student is eligible, ISSS will authorize CPT on the Form I-20.
Renewing your CPT:
If you are interested in renewing your CPT authorization you must re-submit all of the above listed documents 2
weeks prior to the expiration date on your current CPT.
(1) Normal preparation time for CPT authorization is 3-4 business days. While ISSS makes every effort to
accommodate student needs, it is not always possible to authorize CPT faster. It is the student’s responsibility to
obtain CPT authorization so please plan ahead.
(2) Working without authorization or not following the guidelines of CPT is a serious violation of a student’s
nonimmigrant status. It is the responsibility of the F-1 student to comply with all immigration regulations that apply
to F-1 status. If the student fails to meet his or her responsibilities in this regard, he or she will lose eligibility for
benefits normally granted to F-1 students, including working on- or off-campus. Ultimately, the non-complying
student may be forced to depart the United States.