A F-1 student visa holder can apply for a CPT (Curricular Practical Training), which allows them to complete practical training in their field of major, during their studies. The CPT provides an F-1 visa holder temporary employment authorization for the duration of their studies, which allows them to pursue paid practical training. An F-1 student can work either part time or full time on a CPT program.
The CPT is mostly applicable only to students whose educational program mandates practical training as a prerequisite for graduation or completion of studies. In addition, the option to complete a CPT full time or part time exists, as long as the eligibility criteria for these options are met by the student.
Full time CPT:
A full time CPT is for internships with more than 20 working hours per week.
Part time CPT:
A part time CPT is for internships with less than 20 working hours per week.
In order to qualify for a CPT, there are some eligibility requirements that must be met. See the following:
What are the benefits of completing a CPT:
Restrictions of the CPT to be aware of:
DSO is the abbreviation used for the Designated School Official. This official is responsible for submitting your official recommendation for the CPT to SEVIS.
EAD is the abbreviation for Employment Authorization Document, which is the official document all nonimmigrants and temporary workers will be required to obtain from the USCIS. This document states your permission to work in the United States.
The Form I-20 is the official Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.
The Form I-765 is the official Application and Document for Employment Authorization.
The Form I-766 is the official Employment Authorization Document, which is presented in card format. This is sometimes referred to as the EAD.
CPT stands for Curricular Practical Training. This is a type of program which grants temporary employment authorization for nonimmigrants residing in the USA under the F-1 visa.
SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. It is the official government database for all students and exchange visitors. This system maintains records of all nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors and their studies and training, while in the USA. All official information regarding your program is registered in this system by your academic institution.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is the official branch of the U.S. Government which handles the processing of matters related to immigration and various non-immigrant permits.
If you are interested in studying and/or working in the USA, then Miami Hospitality Academy is the perfect solution for you. We will make sure that your visa process is taken care of as well as providing you with a good quality education and an opportunity to work at the same time.
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