• Training relates directly to the student’s major area of study
  • Training is an integral part of the school’s established curriculum
  • A designated school official (DSO) authorizes CPT in SEVIS and the authorization printed on the student’s Form I-20
  • Occurs before the student’s program end date on the Form I-20
  • Authorization is for one specific employer and for a specific period of time
  • Students must secure the training opportunity before CPT can be authorized
  • CPT must be authorized before the student can begin work
  • Students can have more than one CPT authorization at the same time
  • One year of full-time CPT eliminates a student’s eligibility for OPT

Rules and Procedures