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Curricular Practical Training Frequently Asked Questions, Guidelines and Application

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS What is Curricular Practical Training? Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an important benefit of the F-1 student visa status that permits eligible students to be employed off-campus in order to gain practical experience in their chosen field of study. CPT is directly related to the course of study and must be a part of the students curriculum. Am I eligible for the Curricular Practical Training benefit? Students must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the CPT benefit: 1. Must have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a DHS-approved school for one full academic year. 2. Must not be in violation of F-1 status 3. Must be currently enrolled in the program indicated on I-20 and in good academic standing 4. Employment must either be a credit bearing requirement of the curriculum or a credit bearing elective offered by the curriculum If I meet the eligibility requirements for Curricular Practical Training, how do I apply? Complete the student portion of the CPT application and then have the program office advisor fill out their portion. After having the required approval from the program office and enrolling in the CPT course (internship), make an appointment with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) so that a counselor can review the application and provide the updated I-20 authorizing CPT employment. What is the length of employment under the CPT benefit? CPT will be authorized for one term. One additional term may be authorized after review and approval by the program office. Is the CPT employment part-time or full-time? The program office will determine this based on program and course objectives. Will CPT affect my Optional Practical Training (OPT)? The CPT benefit as defined by these guidelines will not affect the OPT. Can I still work on campus while I am on CPT? Yes. However, the student should carefully evaluate the capacity to balance coursework with employment. An academic or program advisor will be able to assist with this. CPT GUIDELINES CPT is a practical training benefit of the F-1 visa status and will only be authorized for programs of study that offer an internship or similar credit bearing practicum that counts toward the completion of the degree. CPT cannot be taken apart from regular coursework. However, CPT credits will count toward the full course of study and will be considered as a ground based class. CPT will only be authorized for the term of the internship or practicum. The program director or academic advisor may extend the internship/practicum for one additional term if the program justifies the academic need or curricular benefit for the extension. In some cases, the extension may not carry a course credit, but the student must still register for the CPT extension and obtain a new I-20 which authorizes the additional CPT time. If granted a non-credit bearing extension of the CPT, keep in mind that the student must still maintain a full course load as defined by the program. All potential employers must be approved by the program. Curricular Practical Training Application Rev. (03-30-2007) Page 1 of 3

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Application


Student Name :


Program Listed on I-20:

Program End Date on I-20:

I have a Social Security Number

I need a Social Security Number


CPT Extension

A CPT extension cannot be beyond the end date indicated on the student's I-20 and cannot be more than one addition term. If the CPT is an extension, the Program Office must attach a letter on NSU letterhead explaining how the extension benefits the student. Extension End Date:

Extension Start Date:

SECTION B (if checked CPT Extension above, do not complete this section) The CPT is a course of study REQUIREMENT Course Name: Course No: Term: Credit Hours: Term: Course No: Credit Hours:

The CPT is a course of study ELECTIVE

Course Name:

(If the CPT is an ELECTIVE, the Program Office must attach a letter on NSU letterhead stating how the employment relates to the student's course of study)

Print Program Advisor/Director Name:



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In order for OISS to create an I-20 authorizing CPT employment, please bring the following items to the appointment at the Office of International Students and Scholars: This completed CPT application Program Office authorization letters (if CPT elective or CPT extension) Passport/Visa I-94 Employment offer letter on business letterhead which includes business address and business phone number Proof of registration for the CPT course I understand that although United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations allow for Curricular Practical Training for up to one year, my CPT approval is granted for only one academic term in accordance with the educational goals and objectives of my program of study. I further understand that CPT is not designed to be an alternative to or an adjunct for oncampus employment, but rather as a curricular requirement or an elective offering in my program of study.

Student Signature:


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