Curricular Practical Training(CPT)
Purpose of CPT
Curricular practical training (CPT) is designed to make it possible for F-1 students to fulfill specific work requirements for an established degree program. Required internships, practicum and other work requirements that are listed in the West Texas A&M University catalog are examples of such programs.
An immigration advisor at the International Student Office grants CPT work authorization. If approved, a new I-20 with a CPT authorization will be issued to you within 5- 7 business days.
Eligibility for CPT
The USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) regulations define the following criterion for eligibility for
Required vs. Integral Authorization
CPT may be authorized for an internship that is either a required or integral part of an academic program.
Part-time vs. Full-time Authorization
The training may be either part-time or full-time.
Application Procedures for CPT
Students interested in applying for CPT should make an appointment with the International Student Office adviser at least
one week prior to the desired employment start date. There is no fee for applying for a CPT authorization. Bring the
following items with you to your appointment:
1. Official documents: Original valid passport, visa, I-94 card and sevis I-20 form
2. Employer’s form: You must have an offer of employment to apply for CPT because CPT allows you to work for a
specific employer for a specific educational objective. Please ask your employer to fill out the Employer Form. You
should submit this form along with a copy your official job letter on company letterhead.
3. Curricular Practical Training Authorization Form: You must complete the CPT Authorization Form with your academic
advisor and submit it.
An immigration adviser at the International Student Office will review your application and if approved, a new I-20 with a CPT authorization will be issued to you within 5- 7 business days for a specific employer and for a specific period of time, usually corresponding to a semester.
You must present this I-20 to your employer as proof of employment eligibility before beginning work. The CPT authorization on page 3 of your I-20 is your proof to accept employment. Therefore, your I-20 and I-94 may be used to complete your Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9) that all U.S. employers are required by law to complete within three days of the start of employment.
You are authorized for specific dates of employment on your I-20. You may not begin before the start date or continue working after the end date on the I-20.