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In accordance to 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(i)
, an F-1 student may be authorized by the International Student
Advisor/Designated School Official (ISA/DSO) to participate in a curricular practical training program
that is an integral part of an established curriculum.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is available to F-1 students lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis for
one full academic year. CPT is only available while the F-1 student is completing the educational
objective. The training must be an integral part of an established curriculum (degree plan) for which
academic credit is obtained. The classes are generally known as cooperative education/field
experience or internship classes. The training opportunities relate to a limited number of educational
programs at HCC. CPT will be authorized for part-time employment (20 hours a week only). Students
may participate in CPT only for a specific employer, location and period that is approved and recorded
by the ISA/DSO. Therefore, the student must obtain an “offer of employment” from their prospective
employer that qualifies as curricular practical training. There is no specific limit on how often CPT can
be authorized; it will be governed by the nature of the training and the student’s program
Students are required to maintain a full course load in F-1 status during their period of study.
Regulation states that practical training is not available for students in English Language training
In order to apply for CPT, the student must submit the following documents to the Office of
International Student Services:
1. CPT Request Form (see attached)
2. A confirmation letter from the program department or the teacher indicating that the
student qualifies for this employment/training and will receive academic credit for the
employment/ training pursued
3. An original employment offer letter (typed on company letterhead) that includes the name
and address of the employer, the telephone number and signature of the hiring personnel
CPT can be paid or unpaid. If volunteer services are rendered and the student receives academic
credits for these services, CPT requirements apply equally and the student must be in possession of
an endorsed SEVIS I-20 Form.
Once the documentation is received, an ISA/DSO will verify that the student is eligible for CPT. Once
confirmed, an updated SEVIS I-20 Form is issued reflecting the CPT authorization on page 3.
The student CAN NOT begin any CPT until the new SEVIS I-20 Form has been issued bearing
the ISA/DSO’s authorization and a start date has been determined.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)