CPT is a structured educational program which combines classroom learning with productive work experience in a field related to the student's academic program. CPT is available to F-1 students who have been lawfully enrolled on a full-time basis at a U.S. college or university for at least one academic year. The work experience must be an integral part of a degree program and recommended by the academic department.
In order to be eligible for participation in CPT, you must meet the following criteria:
- F-1 student in good academic standing
- Full-time enrollment in the U.S. for at least one academic year
- Full-time enrollment in current program and degree level for at least one semester at Brookhaven College
- The employment requested should be an integral part of the degree program and recommended by the academic department
Application and Documentation Requirements
If you are unsure about your eligibility for CPT, you should first meet with an international student advisor. To apply for CPT, please make an appointment with your international student advisor and bring the following documents with you:
If you are eligible and have the documentation required for CPT, an international student advisor will authorize CPT by issuing a new I-20. Processing time is three business days. You may engage in CPT employment only after you have received the I-20 with your CPT authorization from the international student advisor.
This work authorization is valid only for the specific employer, location, time period and on a part-time or full-time basis. This should be approved and recorded by an international student advisor as evidence on your I-20 issued for CPT. You may not continue employment beyond the date authorized unless you apply and are granted an extension of your permission to work from the international student advisor. To do so would be a violation of your nonimmigrant student status and such violation would jeopardize your ability to remain in the U.S.
- I-20 cannot be extended on the basis of CPT.
- Students working on CPT in their final semester must end CPT employment by the final day of class.
- Full-time CPT for one year or more eliminates eligibility for Optional Practical Training. The use of part-time CPT does not affect eligibility for Optional Practical Training.
- CPT authorization is given on a semester basis and students must apply separately for each semester they wish to do CPT. CPT is only authorized for the dates of the specific semester.