Universities offering CPT from day 1

CPT Universities

What is CPT ?  In generalCPT 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.

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

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.

List of Universities offering CPT from Day 1:

F1 Visa Interview Experiences From Various U.S. Consulates – CPT to H1B Visa

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

Other Options:

  1. Change to dependent visa (F-2 or H-4 visa) if your spouse is student or working here.
  2. Look at J-1 visa possibility at your university or academic H-1B visa at research stations associated with your university system.
  3. Extend your course by one semester.
  4. Desi consultancy

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I completed MS in 2012 from a reputed university and worked on opt (stem extension) for 2.5 years. I recently joined  another  masters from  CPT university. I am planning to visit India this December(2016). My current F1 visa is valid until June 2017. Can I use this visa to re-enter US or do I need to attend visa interview again in India to get a new visa to reflect my new university I-20? What documents I should carry for immigration check purposes at port of entry ?

I personally feel you should be able to use your existing F1 stamp to enter and exit the USA. At the Port of Entry (upon your return), if asked you should show I20 of the new University and you should be fine.

My understanding is, as long as the visa on the passport is valid (dates not expired), you are good to enter and exit the country even if you change your course / University.

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