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Working in US as F1 Student – CPT vs OPT, Differences

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Many students, who plan to study in US or already in US studying, would have questions like : can I work legally as F1 student in USA outside of my camps ? If so when ? How can I work after I graduate( before I find employer to sponsor my work visa) ? We are all excited to work and make money…  If you are a student on F1 visa, firstly you can work on-campus. Check out On campus vs off campus jobs , pay ? Besides on-campus employment, you can work after 9 months ( or even before in selected cases) after entering US. You can work using couple of options under practical training options, which are called Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and  Optional Practical Training (OPT) . Lets look at the basics of these and then look at the differences as well.

What is Curricular Practical Training ( CPT) :

CPT is primarily given to students to work and gain experience of their field of study, while they work.  Most of the standard good schools allow students to work on CPT after 2 semester or 9 months( one academic year i.e, Fall & Spring) after entering US.  You have to work with the academic department or your specific school within the university to get CPT.  Typically you get credit for working in CPT, it means that it will be part of your degree requirement credits for award of the degree. You can look at it as legally working for a potential employer who is giving you an opportunity to prove yourself, while you are studying. Typically it is called Co-op or Internship for employers when they offer you the job. You can get paid when you work on CPT. You might have to work with the career services at your school too sometimes for processing of the paperwork.  Some schools do not allow CPT if you not in the local city. You can only work in CPT until you graduate. You will need to work with the DSO( Designated School official) or International student Adviser to process your CPT application and issue you a new I-20 indicating the same.  You should not work more than 12 months (full time) in CPT. If you do so, you will not get your OPT. So, be careful ! Also, sometimes, based on the program curriculum your DSO may authorize CPT during first semester, you need to check with your DSO.  There is so much fraud around first semester CPT schools, be careful !  If you going for second Masters, you are not eligible for CPT from Day 1, it is a misconception that you have already been in US for two semesters. All the standard rules of CPT apply, read Can you work on CPT from Day 1 in Second Masters in US. Many students, without this knowledge fall into the trap and end up in situations like arrests, deportation as in Univ of Farmington

What is Optional Practical Training (OPT):

OPT is meant to give an opportunity for students to work in their field of study.  It is typically given for 12 months for all degree holders, with an option to extend for 24 months for STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics ) Degree holders.  This used to be 17 months, but a new rule was passed in 2015 to extend 17 month to 24 month OPT  .

There are two types of OPT called pre-completion OPT and post completion OPT.

  • Pre-completion OPT is something that can be utilised by students to work in their area of study before the graduation.  If the student chose to use pre-completion OPT, the respective amount of time is deducted from 12 months OPT time period. You can work part time up to 20 hours on pre-completion OPT, when school is in session and you are enrolled full time and full time during summer breaks.  If you choose to use pre-completion OPT, you will lose that amount of time from the overall 12 months OPT. It will be 1 months for 2 months of part time OPT( Fall and Spring terms) and 1 month for 1 month of full time OPT ( summer terms). Usually, pre-completion OPT is used by students only when there is no chance to work on CPT.
  • Post-completion OPT is to work in their area of study after F1 student graduation.  Typically, most of the students use OPT after graduating from school. So, if you hear students or anyone referring to OPT, they mean post-completion OPT. They usually do not use “post completion” as this is the common way of calling and it is how many use it. General rules of OPT like working in same field of study apply here as well. General OPT is given for 12 months duration, if you have not used it before graduation and have not worked on CPT in full time for 12 months. You maybe eligible for 24 month extension of OPT, if your degree falls under STEM category.

To utilize OPT and get Employment Authorization Document (EAD), you will have to fill an application form and send to USCIS. You can apply for OPT 120 days before the start date of the intended employment.  Plan your OPT and  apply on time so that you are in OPT after you graduate. You will lose your status in US if you don’t have OPT started within 2 months grace period.

You can work for anyone in OPT, there are no restrictions, but it must related to your course field. It is an option that US Govt provides to international students for finding their right employers.

What is STEM OPT  ?

In 2015, USCIS announced a new set of rules stating that if you belong to STEM Category you can get an extension for another 24 months for a total OPT of 36 Months. To avail this, you need to be part of the list STEM Designated Degrees by DHS by having the right CIP Code for your degree to qualify for STEM Degree.  There are certain rules like you can work for only an e-verified employer and training reporting guidelines that are set forth by USCIS that a student need to follow during the STEM OPT period. If that is not followed properly, then USCIS can question your status details during your H1B period, so all care need to be taken to be in proper status.

High Level Differences between OPT vs CPT:

Various Aspects

CPT

OPT

Primary PurposeProvision to work in a company as F1 student to get practical work experience during studying of degree, before graduationProvision to work in a company on F1 status after graduation to gain experience in the same field of education
Typical Student StatusFull time F1 student in school.In general, student graduated with degree and on F1 status in US, with exception of students leveraging pre-completion OPT,
Course FeeNeed to pay the school for the course credit. Usually 1 course credit.No need to pay the University, but need to file application with USCIS and pay application fee.
Degree RequirementsWorking on CPT will be part of degree requirements and directly related to students area of studyNot related to degree requirements. Pursued after graduation in the same field.
Approved ByCPT is approved by Department in University, Career Center, and DSO authorizes it in SEVIS, gives New I-20OPT is approved by USCIS. DSO issues I-20 in support of the OPT application and student files application with USCIS
Employment DurationCan be done for up to 12 months. But, if you work in CPT for 12 months full time, you will not be eligible for OPTTypical duration of 12 months after graduation and can be extended by 24 months, if part of STEM Degree and qualified for it.
Employer InfoEmployer need to provide training related to study, their name is printed on I-20. Student submits CPT report in School for credit award for degreeIt is student responsibility to get training work in OPT in their related field. There is no report submitted to school. Only DSO is informed of the school and details are printed on I-20.
EADStudent does not get Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from USCISStudent gets EAD from USCIS after approval of OPT
How long to ProcessFew days. Anywhere from a week to 10 days depending on school, department workload.Can take anywhere from 60 to 90 days or more depending on USCIS work load.
Application FeeNo application fee, only course credit fee paid to schoolApplication fee of $410 USD paid to USCIS
Working Full time or Part timeCan be either full time (40 Hours) CPT or Part time. Usually done 20 hours part time during school and 40 hours during summerUsually done full time after graduation. If leveraging pre-completion OPT, then is part time during classes and full time during summer

There are many rules that are outlined by DHS to make sure you are using your OPT and CPT properly. You will need to work with your DSO and make sure you follow those rules and use them without violating any status.

Did you work on OPT or CPT? What has been your experience? Any thoughts to share on these ?

   

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Comments ( 326 )

  1. Fick

    Hi,
    I’m currently doing OPT under my Bachelor degree. I’m going to comeback to my Master degree under the same University in Spring 2018. Can I apply for Pre-OPT and work in Spring 2018?

    1. Rajat Singh

      Hi. I am working on CPT and I got another better opportunity. When I contacted the DSO, I was told that I cannot change employers mid way, and I need to complete the entire duration at one employer only. I am not sure if it is right or just being forced to the whims of the university. The employment change I am seeking is really a major career opportunity for me and I don’t want to lose this. Any comments and help on this would be appreciated.

  2. Sharat

    Dear all,

    Could you please help me with this situation. I got my CPT and on CPT the work location is mentioned very clearly as per the university norms. Now, I am going to a different work location as my job demands relocation to a different place. Will that have any impact.

    I appreciate your help

  3. Pranitha

    I have completed summer(2016) on h4, and spring(2017) and summer(2017) on F1 as a Full Time student. So Am I eligible for CPT in Fall 2017?

  4. ZUHAIB ALI RAJA

    Hi,
    I am currently pursuing MBA in information systems and graduating in this summer Aug 2017. Now I got accepted another school in MS-IS. so in case if I don’t apply opt for MBA degree, can I get 29 months opt for MS-IS after completing MS???
    Also, can we get 2 opt after completing 2 different masters?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      You will NOT get 2 OPTs. You will need to check with school if MS-IS degree falls under STEM and you are eligible for extension and get 29 months OPT. Talk to your DSO.

  5. Dee

    Hello,
    I looking at getting a full-time CPT for 11 months.
    The employer is willing hire me for the 11 months.
    I understand that CPT works on a semester-by-semester system.
    Can I submit a job offer letter for 11 months – or do I have to ask the employer to split it for each semester?
    Someone who’s done CPT with the same employer for 11 months – please give me your input.

    1. Anonymous

      Offer letter with 11 months should suffice.
      Read below statement if you plan to graduate at the end of your 11 months CPT:
      The offer letter can actually have more than 11 months if it specifically says internship and does not mention anything about CPT. This is because you can work in a internship even on your OPT status. (Assuming that after 11 months you will graduate and your status will change to OPT and your EAD start date is the day after your Graduation.)
      Having said that, getting EAD on time is not in your control, so preferably have the graduation date as the end date on your offer letter.

    2. Anonymous

      You have to split the semesters and breaks (summer/winter/spring). The employment letter needs to state the dates you can work during the semester plus the number of hours each week (generally up to 20 hours). When you have a break, write another employment letter stating the dates the break starts and ends with the number of hours you will work each week (generally up to 40 hours or more). You have to do this each time because the maximum amount of hours you work will change.

  6. Hisham Mounir

    Hello, I got accepted for computer science masters degree at Maharishi University, it’s a university in Iowa, it offers a program where you can study full time for 8 months, and you can take Cpt up to two years, is that possible? And if so, can I apply as normal to It companies when they post a senior position? And is it even easy to get one specially right now?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Hisham,
      CPT for two years sounds like a big scam for me…Most of the good schools do not have such programs. There are many degree mills that create programs like these to lure students. Check Students Deported from US to get an idea of such scandals. Do your due diligence and make an informed decision.

  7. Hussain

    Hi, Kumar!

    I am an OPT holder. I work as a teacher where I got an offer for fall, winter, and spring. I have a question of whether I need to find a job in the summer since teaching jobs are fewer in the summer. The question is: Do I have to work in the summer as Post-Completion Opt. My Opt expiration date is Sept 2017. However, I am positive that I get a job in fall 2017. Do you suggest any window where I should apply for the extension for my Opt (2nd year)?

  8. Tushar

    Hello,

    I am currently on my Initial OPT status. I have not applied to STEM OPT Extension. I am taking admission for my Second Master’s Degree. My question is can i apply for my STEM OPT extension when i finish my second masters???

  9. Rajat Singh

    I am a Masters graduate from USA. I was working on a contract on OPT Visa and my project got ended. At the same time, i also applied for OPT extension. Sooner i got a new contract but my OPT extension got denied. My employer is suppose to file my visa this year, However , they have asked me to enroll in some online course to get CPT status in order to work on a new project.

    Is this possible to work full time while enrolling in an Online course.
    Please advise

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Rajat,
      These are all work arounds that many try to do…you need to be very careful with these things. I recommend you talk to your DSO and get their advice.

  10. Winston

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    A former student of mine was approved for a CPT during her second semester (before nine months had passed). She is now about to graduate and applying for the OPT. Is having done the CPT before nine months had passed problematic – that is, could it cause her application for the OPT to be rejected? The school policy seems to be that a student has to wait 9 months; however, they did not notice it at the time and approved her. It seems, according to your website, that the waiting period depends on the school (not on the US government). Thank you in advance for your reply.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Winston,
      It is hard to say…not sure…If they have worked for over a year on CPT, then definitely, it is a problem. I recommend to check with DSO at the school as they would have guidance on this.

  11. Sindhu

    Hi,
    My name is Sindhu. I’m presently doing my Masters in Wilmington University. I have done 1 semester in Texas A & M University. This is my 1st semester in Wilmington University. I will be graduating this december. Can I take 4 online courses in summer or will I have impact on OPT status due to those online courses during summer.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sindhu,
      In general, it should not have any impact as course load is not tied to OPT. Usually working on CPT impact OPT period. I always recommend to speak to your DSO to get it clarified from your official channel of support.

  12. [email protected]

    Sir

    I will be completing my BS Computer Science in May 2018. What should be my strategy to work & settle in USA.
    For OPT I need to start when. How critical is Summer Internship? I am unable to get Summer internship.

    Thanks to help ,
    Nirmaan (F1 , India)

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Nirmaan,
      It is no longer easy to work and settle in US as you are at the mercy of H1B lottery ( as of today)…Summer internship is critical to get full time job…If you do not get it, you will need to work a little harder to get the job…having an internship helps you to join the same company…

  13. Kaur

    Hello.
    I am waiting for my OPT Card. I have worked spring, summer and fall for 6credits each semester (total 18credits). I have done MBA (NON-STEM). My school stated that campus part time job doesn’t reduce OPT time (12 months).
    But I found contradictory information on your website.
    Does part time job on campus would reduce my OPT?
    If yes, for long approximately my OPT would be deducted.
    Please guide.
    Thanks.

    1. Ravinder

      Hi Kaur,

      For CPT less than or equal to 20 hrs per week (which is also known as part-time CPT) is not going to affect your OPT. But for full-time (20 hrs per week) CPT, it should not exceed 364 days. If you exceed 364 days, you are not eligible to get OPT at all. I think you are coming under 1st scenario, part-time CPT, which is not going to bother your CPT.

      Please let me know, if you have any questions.

      Regards,

      Ravinder

  14. Soham

    Hi Kumar, I’m extremely stressed about my situation. Please advise.
    My Masters cap-subject H1b was denied this year on frivolous ground. A motion to reopen the case is pending with USCIS for almost 5 months. Case status is still ‘Case received’. 2 Service requests raised so far – USCIS just says case is pending and they can’t comment when the review process will be completed. I even approached the senator. Nothing has worked so far. My OPT is valid till Jan 31st, 2017. I work through my employer at client location. H1b is filed for specialty work at client location. My employer is pushing me to apply for CPT from a university that offers Day 1 CPT from January. But I know continuing employment under CPT is very very risky. I don’t want to jeopardize my case further.

    If I don’t apply for CPT from January and work on OPT till Jan 31st, will my MTR case be in danger since I’m no longer working at the client place. My H1B has been filed by my employer for specialty work at client location. I’m willing to work till Jan 31st….What if USCIS contact my client on Feb 15th and asks about me? My contract is long term. I have submitted exhaustive documentation supporting my case. My h1b was denied unfairly.
    Is not working on CPT at client location better than CPT for my existing Motion to Reopen application on H1b? Please advise.Thanks.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Soham,
      You are in tricky situation, I suggest you work with your attorney, who filed your H1B and take their advice. In all reality, you can work on OPT till end of your OPT period at any place, it should be fine and should not impact your other aspects of case. Work with your immigration attorney to avoid any complications.

  15. SD

    I am currently working in the USA on F1 OPT visa. I want to know whether I can invest my money in stocks or get some side income by doing social media/online work? Will this affect my status or should I wait for my H1b visa to get picked.

    Thanks in Advance.

  16. aprajita

    Hi kumar

    I m B.tech in computer science from India. I have 2 year work experience .I have H4b visa. Currently i am living in santa clara, california. I need to find school. please help me to get leads for cpt/ opt ?

    Regards,

    Aprajita

  17. Ravi

    Currently I am studying M.S. from NYIT. I am going to complete 24 credits at the end of my current Fall-2016 semester. I was full time student (9 credits per semester in Graduate program) in Spring-2016 semester and Fall-2016 semester. I am going to graduate in May 2017 as I will take my remaining 6 credits in Spring 2017 semester (it will be considered full time graduate student as I have only 6 credits left). I started my study on H-4 visa. I applied to USCIS for change of status from H-4 to F-1 visa in June 2016 and I recently got approval in November 2016.

    Now, I have to go to India in this December 2016-January 2017. So I have to go to US embassy in India to get F-1 visa stamped on my passport.

    So, I want to know that will I be eligible for OPT from May 2017 (after completion of my graduation) or no?

    My contact no is 201-747-0018. Please let me know if you need any more information.

    Thank you,

    1. Chit

      Hi, Ravi. I am also an international student who studies one of the STEM majors. To my knowledge, you are eligible if you did not do CPT more than 12 months. The main thing is just to communicate with your respective DSO office and to plan your OPT ahead.

  18. Avirup

    Sir,

    I have a question about F1 OPT/OPT Extension. I did my Bachelors in Computer Science at a college in India. In August 2015, I came to the U.S. for a Masters in Business Analytics (which is a STEM course, sometimes also called ‘Data Science’ by some universities and employers). I will be graduating in January 2017 and have applied for OPT already.

    I have two decent job offers but both of them are Software Development Engineer jobs with reputed Software companies. If I join, will this cause problems for me with the F1 OPT rules? Some people have told me that this might not be allowed as my M.S. study field was Analytics and the job is in Software Development, while OPT rules demand that M.S. study and job should be in same field.

    What should I do now? Should I reject the job offers and start looking for jobs in Analytics?

  19. RAMESH

    [PHEHI

    I WANT TO ATTEND USA FOR UNDERGRADUATION STUDY MAJORING IN COMPUTE SCIENCE . SO I WANT TO WORK PART TIME DURING MY STUDY. PLZ CAN YOU LET ME KNOW THE DETAILS.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Ramesh,
      You can check any of the Universities websites for the details on what is required and you can work on-campus to cover your living expenses upto 20 hrs.

  20. Rishi

    Hi Kumar ,
    Thanks for the information provided . I’m working on CPT now and planning to visit my home town . How many days can I stay out of us in CPT . Is there any limit for this .

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Rishi,
      I suggest you check with DSO. In general, if you are in school full time and studying and taking classes, you cannot really miss much in my view.

  21. Muhammad Ali

    Hi Kumar,

    I did my BE in Electronics from Pakistan. I came to US on F1 visa in University of New Hampshire for Masters program. But it was too expensive to afford so I took a transfer from UNH to ESL institute to buy some time and meanwhile I started searching for affordable universities and planned to apply for the OPT after my Masters in Computer Science.
    Few days back I received the Acceptance letter from Virginia International University for Masters in Computer Science program.
    As I planned, I opt to move forward for coming Fall semester and after my MCS program I’ll apply for OPT.
    But than I came know that its not that easy, to get accepted for OPT, the reputation of the University matters a lot. VIU is a non profit small university and chances for getting OPT from VIU are less.
    I am in a phase of time where admissions are closed for upcoming Fall semester in almost all universities.
    Please suggest me what should I do ?

    Please find time to review my case. I’ll be very thankful and will be waiting for your kind response.

    Regard,
    M.Ali

  22. Kiran

    Hi kumar
    I luckly found sponser and filled H1b 2016 on april 1st but again my bad luck did not get selected .
    Now my sponser is advising to join
    Some school to get opt/ cpt nd work for 20 hrs .
    I m BE in EEE from india .

    Nw i need to find school plz help me to get leads for cpt/ opt ?
    Or wht school i should join ?
    If i join language school will i get cpt ?

  23. Anonymous

    I started working on CPT in a major automotive company in May 2016. I plan to work till end of Spring 2017 semester with which I will graduate. So my total CPT period will be 11 months 6 days. Will it impact my OPT eligibility? (I plan to take OPT start date as my Spring 2017 graduation date i.e. end of April.)
    AND, is there any official USCIS rule which doesn’t allow one to work on CPT in last semester(in my case Spring semester)?
    Please share some thoughts as this is an important question for me. I appreciate your feedback comment in advance!

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Well, if you have 12 months of full time CPT you will be in-eligible for OPT. If you are doing part time CPT for 11 months, it should be ok. I am not sure, what that 6 days mean to your OPT application. I suggest you check with DSO. Also, there is no such rule. In fact, many take CPT in the last semester.

    2. kumar

      Hi Anonymous – I would like to know the process to get into automotive industry or any mechanical engineering jobs on CPT as I am currently on F1 Visa studying MS mechanical Engineering. Can you please send details or your email\phone# to [email protected] Thank You for guiding me through the process as a mentor as information regarding mechanical jobs for mechanical students is very limited to non-existence.

  24. Mady

    Hi,
    I have an f1 visa for 4 months now . I am a student at a language school. Now i want to go for masters in IT which offers CPT. But they said i have to be on f1 status for 9 months before getting my CPT approval. Will my 4 months at my language school count? Or its after i join that particular course?

  25. Rachana

    Hi ,I came US four months back I am on H4 visa and I have 6+ experience in MNC. I want to know if I start study here like MS so can I work during study period? Any options where I can use my experience?

  26. Vineet Gupta

    Hi,
    If i do full time CPT for 8 moths, will it not affect my OPT ? If No in that case for how much duration i will get OPT, will it be 4 months( 12 month – 8 (cpt months) ) or it will be full 12 months?

  27. Sandy

    Hey! Thanks for article…My question is can we have the same employer in both CPT and OPT. I have red some article called “Bridge CPT” . Can you please explain me the meaning of that??

  28. Siddharth

    I am a prospective MBA candidate from India. I understand that every year more than 300000 students graduate with advanced degrees in US. Also, H1B is accepted only for 20000 candidates. Considering this wide gap, I would like to know the following:

    1. What percentage of international students, whose H1B gets rejected because of the random selection system, return to their country?

    2. If the OPT period for STEM category students can get extended by 17 months, does that mean chances of acceptance of H1B for non-STEM students get bleaker every year?

  29. Arthur

    So When a company said it do not provide sponsorship, does it means that I can not use my CPT to work for them? I heard that when using CPT, school will provide sponsorship, so I can work for any company?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Arthur,

      When an employer hires you on CPT, no sponsorship is required. When filing a visa like H-1 or L-1, only then sponsorship is required. If you have CPT, then you can tell employer that you ave work authorization.

  30. Fred

    I am in entering my third year at Wayne State University pharmacy school, I have applied for PRE-OPT employment card during the month of February. I understand that I have 12 months to use it after the date I receive the card.

    If for example I receive the card sometime in May of this year (May 2016) I am eligible to use it till May of next year (May 2017). My question is:

    During my fourth year I start doing my rotations for 8 months in the States, I know that Canadian students are put on CPT visa during their rotation period. In the case of someone who has PRE-OPT employment card expired in May 2017, would I be eligible to apply for CPT or would that be an issue?

    Thanks in advance

      1. Suprit Bagga

        What if I do full time cpt for 8 to 9 months amd 3 months part time.. does it affect my opt period? Can they reduce my opt period?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Suprit Bagga,
          Technically, it should NOT. I suggest you speak with your DSO and do proper assessment to avoid any issues. In my experience, for the most part, CPT is done as one credit and for part time during regular course load, unless people are exploiting it like in some degree mills kinds of Universities.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Pratik,
      There is nothing called CPT visa. You arrive in US and can work on CPT after certain amount of time. We do not advise on schools here.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Pratik,
      As said above, there is no such visa and it cannot be good or bad…Read the article again, it gives you the basics of CPT and OPT.

  31. Arun

    I am having experience in IT. If I have F1. and studying in USA. after how many months I can apply for work visa. is there any other visa other H1B. I know I can apply for H1B directly, but for student is there any other visa to extend your stay in USA

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Arun,

      There are 2 visas to work in US – H-1B and L-1B. L-1B has it own requirements like having worked for the employer for at least 1 year outside US in previous 3 years – and this may limit the eligible companies to 1 or 2.

      H-1B can be filed by an employer only when the cap is available. So if you have an employer, they can file H-1B in April 2016 for a Oct 2016 start date.

  32. Chang

    Hi,
    I have graduated from my studies and will begin my OPT work soon. Can I buy and sell stocks and forex as full time job after I got my own SSN?

    1. administrator
      Saurabh

      Chang,

      Your full-time needs to be related to OPT. In the spare time, you can buy and sell stocks, but not at the expense of OPT.

  33. me

    hello, does anyone knows of coleman university? is it good?
    it offers cpt from day one.is it a fraud?
    whcih university are good and provide cpt from day one?
    is it legal? will finding job will be eassy?

  34. vivian

    I hold F1 visa without cpt. whether i can apply for internships in other countries. Further if one misses the deadline for CPT whether possible to take US internships

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      vivian,
      CPT is something that can be availed as F1 student in US to work and get credit. Usually CPT is given to study full time and work part time for credit in the same area in US and in the same city…Again, this varies by school and they may offer your CPT to work in other states in US as well if you are taking all online courses…You need to speak to DSO at your school to get clarity and also speak to your academic department on the rules.

  35. Dharma

    Hi ,
    I am a student US and looking to take my CPT in my last semester , would there be any complications or query while filling for H1.
    Kindly advise…..

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Pro, you may do it as a side activity that acts as passive income, but not as full time job for your f1 status. You will need SSN for the same.

  36. Surya kiran

    Hey guys ,

    Need you help..!!!

    Is work and study visa safe in Usa (f1-cpt).
    I heard we can work 40hours a week and study in the weekends.

    Do we get or convert h1b after completing 2 years of master under CPT visa category.

    Please let me know your concerns.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Surya Kiran, It is not work and study visa. It is Study visa called F1 visa. Some schools offer CPT from day one as part of curriculum. You need to be very careful with these kinds of schools as there is so much fraud involved. If your goal is to just work, maybe you should consider applying for H1B or transferring visa L1 visa…

  37. reddy

    I did my CPT for 8 months during my masters and then transferred to OPT. Since my H1 was not picked, can I plan on going back to F1 student and continue my current job on CPT?

  38. Hiren

    Hi Hiren patel
    I am study In here MBA IT on F1 status but I have already MS Cs degree in London also I have BTech Ce in India degree so we able to apply for H1B in this term .. Or we can wait for cpt Ya OpT ?????
    Thnx

    1. Kevin Hart

      Hiren patel you are able to apply for H1B. Go ahead and apply as there are limited picks yearly do it ASAP and start earning big. all the best

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