How To Apply For Curricular Practical Training

How To Apply For Curricular Practical Training

Completed CPT applications should be submitted to the Career Development Center via the Virtual CPT Application Submission Center.

Please make sure you are registered for the semester you wish to participate in CPT before submitting your CPT application to the Career Development Center. Please begin the CPT application process early.  We recommend you start at least one month prior to your expected CPT start date.

View the online CPT session.  

After viewing this session, you will need to access the online CPT quiz.   Take this quiz and, if you receive a passing grade, print the results page to include in your application materials.

Secure a position. If you need help finding a position or would like to improve your interviewing skills, resume or want to learn about the expectations of American employers, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with your Career Counselor.

  1. Review the offer letter you have received and make sure you have the following items in writing from your employer: (1) Job title, (2) job description, (3) salary, (4) number of hours you will work per week, (5) start date, (6) end date, and (7) the specific work location (the address where YOU will work). If you do not have all of the details listed above please show this to your employer and request these details be added, as you will not be authorized for CPT until all 7 components are confirmed in writing by the employer. If you will be working remotely, the offer letter must explicitly state that you will be working remotely and include the physical address of the remote work location.
  2. Submit your offer letter and the F-1 Student Application for CPT to your Academic Advisor (graduate students must also obtain the signature of their DGP) and ask them to complete section III of the form.
  3. E-mail or hand the the form to your future employer and ask them to complete section II, sign it and give it back to you to include in your application packet submitted to the Career Development Center.
  4. Submit your completed application materials to the Career Development Center via the Virtual CPT Application Submission Center for review.
  5. Once the Career Development Center has approved your CPT application, the Career Development Center will scan and submit your application to OIS.  You will receive an automated email from OIS when this occurs.
  6. OIS will review your application materials to confirm if you qualify for CPT. You do not need visit OIS after the Career Development Center has scanned your materials. OIS will only accept CPT applications submitted by the Career Development Center. If your application is approved by OIS, you will receive your work authorization documents within 10 business days. OIS will e-mail you to pick up your work authorization documents from the OIS office.

*Total processing time (from when CDC receives a complete application to when OIS issues the new I-20) is 2-3 weeks. OIS cannot expedite processing of your CPT application. If your new I-20 cannot be obtained in time for your requested start date, then you
will need to negotiate a later start date with your employer.

***If you are travelling outside the U.S. between the time you submit your application and the start of your CPT (as indicated by the travel dates on the CPT application form), OIS will process and issue the CPT I-20 even if you are abroad.  If you would prefer us to hold off on I-20 issuance until your return, please notify OIS directly.

If you wish to obtain a soft copy of the I-20 after its issuance, please email with this request, along with any instructions for delivery of the original I-20 (simply attach a pre-paid shipping label to the email; or if you prefer to have a friend collect it on your behalf, just include that friend’s name in your email reply).

Accept A Job Offer In Good Faith When you accept an offer, you should have every intention of honoring that commitment. Accepting an offer only as a precautionary measure is misleading to the employer and may restrict opportunities for others who are genuinely interested in that employer.

If you accept an offer, notify the Co-op office and withdraw from the on-campus recruiting process immediately. And, let employers that are actively considering you for a job know that you are now out of the running.  It is also good practice (and recommended by OIS) to speak with your academic advisor or Director of Graduate Programs (DGP) if you are faced with a dilemma about accepting a job offer. Your academic advisor or DGP can help you make the best decision and advise you about professional expectations. For more information regarding students’ responsibilities when accepting job offers please visit the NACE – the National Association for Colleges and Employers or contact the Career Development Center.