Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a type of work authorization available to F-1 students for a specific type of
training. The training must be an integral part of the student’s program of study. In order to be an integral part
of the program of study a student must receive academic credit for the training which can be counted towards
their major field of study.
Any student with F1 status who is engaged in employment for which they received compensation is required to
have work authorization. Compensation is any form of financial benefit which is received as a result of the service
provided. Although compensation may include money paid to the employee it is not limited to this. Compensation
such as reimbursement for tuition, stipend for transportation, registration for conferences, etc. may all be
considered as compensation.
To be eligible for CPT authorization from NOVA a student must meet all the following requirements:
Maintaining F1 status
Enrolled in an Associate degree program at NOVA
Completed one academic year of full-time study in F1 status
Completed one semester of full-time study in an Associate degree program at NOVA
Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
Prove the employment is a requirement of your degree and that you will receive credit for it.
U.S. law requires an individual to obtain work authorization before starting any type of compensated employment.
For students in F1 status beginning employment without authorization is a violation of status and will result in the
termination of F1 status.
Obtaining CPT authorization:
CPT must be approved by the NOVA Division Dean and then will be authorized by the International Student Advisor
based on the Dean’s approval that the work is considered an integral part of the student’s academic program.
Student can work part-time when school is in session and full-time during school breaks. Work can be for multiple
semesters, but credits earned must count toward completion of your degree. If authorized for 12 or more
cumulative months of full time CPT, you will lose your eligibility for OPT.
To apply for CPT authorization a student must;
1. Student must meet with their International Student Advisor to review eligibility for CPT.
2. Submit CPT request via E-Form F1 Request for Services 125-061.
o Upload the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application with Division dean signature
o Upload an offer letter from an approved employer
3. International Student Advisor will enter authorization in student's SEVIS record and update I-20.
4. Student will provide updated I-20 and I-9 form to employer as proof of their eligibility to work.
5. If student needs a Social Security number to be paid, they will need to take the updated I-20,
OIS authorization letter, offer letter and SSN application to a Social Security office.