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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are two types of temporary off-campus employment available to F-1 students. Please note that students cannot start these types of employment without prior authorization.
CPT is temporary off-campus employment authorization in the student's field of study. This kind of work authorization is employer-specific, so you need to find employment before applying. CPT is not available to you once you have completed your program of study.
The deadline for applying for CPT is two weeks after the semester start date. Please plan ahead to ensure that your CPT is authorized in time. To review our complete CPT policy, please click here.
Note: All these points are covered in detail during the Employment Workshop.
You can apply as soon as you have (1) attended an employment workshop (2) completed the CPT application (3) have an employment letter (4) and are registered for the CPT class. CPT typically coincides with the beginning and ending dates of the semester. The deadline to apply is two weeks after the start of the semester, which corresponds to the registrar's drop/add dates. Below are the authorized dates for CPT by Semester. You can do CPT during the following dates:
|CPT Semester||Authorized Dates|
|Spring 2013||12/12/2012 to 5/7/2013|
|5/8/2013 to 8/3/2013|
Please note that CPT may be authorized any time during the above dates. CPT may also be authorized prior to the first day of classes of the semester, but cannot go beyond the last day of finals of that semester. EXAMPLE: For a Spring 2013 CPT authorization you can work during the Winter Break (12/12/2012 to 1/13/2013) and then during the Spring semester until the last day of finals (1/14/2013 to 5/7/2013).
If you work during authorized break periods, your employment letter must specify how many hours you work during the break period. EXAMPLE: In the above example, if the student worked full-time during the Winter Break (12/12/2012 to 1/13/2013), he or she must indicate the hours worked on the employment letter. For more information about Part-Time and Full-Time CPT and letter qualifications, please review the brief information below and attend an employment workshop.
|Break Period||Authorized Dates|
|Winter Break||12/12/2012 to 1/13/2013|
3/18/2013 to 3/24/2013
5/8/2013 to 6/9/2013
6/10/2013 to 8/3/2013
Yes. Come to an employment workshop for more details.
A student can do part-time CPT (up to 20 hours) while school is in session and full-time (more than 20 hours/week) during breaks. However, specific authorization must be requested in advance for full-time employment during breaks.
No. Any work performed without authorization is considered illegal. You can not start working until you receive written authorization from ISSS.
It all depends on your situation, so please come to an Employment Workshop to learn about it.
This is rarely authorized. It all depends on your situation, so please come to an Employment Workshop to learn about it.