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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)


If you are an international student studying in the United States, you have the opportunity to work at an internship part-time but remember that you are restricted by the terms of your visa.

Most international students in the United States hold an F-1 visa, which is the U.S. non-immigrant student visa. F-1 students are allowed to work in the United States, but only under certain conditions and in accordance with guidelines and restrictions issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

Curricular practical training (CPT) is an off-campus employment option for F-1 students when the practical training is an integral part of the established curriculum or academic program. Before you can begin work at an internship, you must have your I-20 updated to show you have received curricular practical training (CPT) approval to work in the U.S.

You must receive an offer letter from a company before you can apply for CPT. The internship start date on your offer letter and the approval start date of CPT listed on your I-20 must match.

You can get paid for CPT employment.

Students will need to submit paperwork for an updated I-20 w/CPT approval directly with the The Center for International Services. The Center for International Services will then obtain approval from USCIS.

Among other required documents, students will need to submit:
Offer letter, recommendation letter, proof of enrollment in LA Practicum course and I-94.

Visit the Center for International Services website for more information and a checklist.

Students are encouraged to attend a Curricular Practical Training Seminar @ 3PM the first and third Wednesday and second Friday of every month.  In person at the Center for International Services.