What is CPT ? In general, CPT is a type of employment that is given to F1 students, where it is part of academic curriculum or degree program, and required to be done for completion of degree. Typically it could include supervised field work, any work that is mandated by curriculum for hands on exposure. CPT is of three to four types, depending on school.
- CPT Required to obtain degree, which is for specific field training and experience.
- CPT available as an elective and available as credit towards degree completion
- CPT given as part of Thesis/ Dissertation for field experience towards research.
- CPT for co-op programs, generally combining education with practical work experience.
You will have to be enrolled full time in the degree program at school to avail CPT. Also, it is given only after approval from academic department and your DSO will give you a new I20 indicating the same. It will have to be taken every semester as required. If you do CPT full time for 12 months will lose the option to utilize 12 month OPT, so you have to watch how you use it. Of course, doing part time CPT work will be fine. CPT from day 1 for second masters.
List of Universities offering CPT from Day 1:
University of North America
International Technological University
United States University
Knowledge Systems Institute
Wichita State University
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
Note: CPT 1 from day 1 is not approved by USCIS, The list is posted by students in various forums this is just a collection of data and admit school takes no responsibility is accuracy or legality of this information
- Change to dependent visa (F-2 or H-4 visa) if your spouse is student or working here.
- Look at J-1 visa possibility at your university or academic H-1B visa at research stations associated with your university system.
- Extend your course by one semester.
- Desi consultancy
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