How much CPT am I eligible for?
The amount of CPT that a student can receive is based upon their academic program.
Will the time spent working on CPT affect the time that I receive for OPT?
Any time spent working for CPT does not affect the time that you are eligible for in OPT; however, if a student engages in 12 months or more of full time CPT, they are not eligible to apply for OPT.
Periods of part-time CPT do not count towards the 12 month limit of full-time CPT.
Do I need a job offer in order to apply for CPT?
Yes. A student authorized for CPT may only be employed by a specific employer, at a specific location and for specific dates as approved by ISS.
Can I change employers while working on CPT?
Yes, however, the student will need to submit a new CPT application. The student cannot start working with the new employer until they have received the updated I-20 reflecting the correct CPT information.
When can I start working on my CPT?
A student can start working with their CPT employer once they have received the I-20 reflecting the CPT work authorization and the start date has begun. The CPT work authorization will be indicated on the 2nd page.
When should I stop working on my CPT?
The end date of your CPT will be reflected on the 2nd page of your I-20. You should stop working on or before this date. If you stop working before this date please contact your academic department and the ISS office so we can update your record appropriately.