Presentation on theme: "Curricular Practical Training for F-1 Students"— Presentation transcript:
1 Curricular Practical Training for F-1 Students LA Southwest College International Student Services & Programming
2 Before We Begin the Workshop… Are all attendees in F-1 status?Please hold your questions until the end of all general information.If you have a unique and complicated question, wait until the end of the workshop to speak with an advisor.
3 Important TermsDSO: Designated School Official – International Student AdvisorUSCIS: US Citizenship and Immigration ServicesCPT: curricular practical trainingOPT: optional practical trainingEAD: employment authorization document (card)
4 Practical Training: Two Types An F-1 student may wish to find an internship or short-term employment to gain practical experience in the field of study.To obtain permission for this type of employment authorization, the USCIS permits an F-1 student to seek authorization for practical training.
5 Type 1: Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Internship offered by sponsoring employers through agreements with the university that is required as an integral part of an established curriculum, or will count toward degree requirements. CPT is recommended by the academic advisor and authorized by the DSO or PDSO.
6 Type 2: Optional Practical Training (OPT) Temporary employment authorization granted by USCIS for practical training that is directly related to the student’s major area of study.OPT can be taken during annual summer vacation, part-time during regular school session, after completion of course requirements or after completion of course of study.
7 Curricular Practical Training: What is it exactly? An F-1 student may wish to find an internship to gain practical experience in the field of study. To obtain this type of employment authorization, the USCIS permits an F-1 student to seek authorization from the DSO for curricular practical training.
8 Curricular Practical Training PreconditionsLawfully enrolled as full-time student for one academic year (fall + spring semester).LocationEmployed only by specific internship employer, location, and for specific dates as approved by DSO.DurationApproval granted each semester. Must reapply prior to each semester if interning multiple semesters.Hours/WeekCPT approved for part-time (20h or less per week) or full-time (20+ hours per week). Full-time CPT granted for summer semester only.FieldMust be an integral part of curriculum and count toward degree requirements (required or recommended)..Offer of EmploymentMust obtain specific internship offer letter before applying for CPT.EnrollmentEnroll in and complete at least 1 credit hour required for the internship. Minimum enrollment requirements apply in spring and fall semesters.ApprovalReceive work authorization from DSO on I-20 before internship begins.
9 CPT and other work authorization Students who use 12 full months of full-time CPT become ineligible for OPT under US immigration lawUse of part-time CPT does not affect OPTConsider applying for pre-completion OPT if your degree program is not eligible for CPT
10 Important!An F-1 student pursuing recommended – not required - CPT cannot hold a concurrent, part-time, on-campus job during the fall and spring semesters. Total number of hours worked per week cannot exceed twenty during the fall and spring semesters!If this applies to you, please speak with an advisor before you apply for CPT.This does not apply to Summer CPT.
11 Other considerationsThe internship must be an integral part of an established curriculum. This means that the internship is:required for all degree candidates, orpart of an internship course for academic credit towards the degree – support letter from academic advisor required, orrequired to complete thesis/dissertation research; results will be included in thesis or dissertation - support letter from academic advisor required
12 CPT Application Process and Deadlines Meet with your academic advisor. Does your degree program require an internship of all students, or will it award internship credit toward your degree requirements?If your program does not require an internship, or will not award credit for an internship, plan ahead for Pre-completion OPT in your field of studyEnroll in the internship course when your enrollment window opens, and before the add/drop period closes of the semester in which you wish to do CPTGather documents and submit CPT application packet to LASC ISS – allow 10 business days for processingLASC ISS WILL PROCESS NO CPT APPLICATIONS IN A CURRENT SEMESTER AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE ADD PERIOD FOR THE SEMESTER
13 IMPORTANT REGULATION!CPT employment authorization is strictly regulated under US federal immigration law. Working at your internship before the CPT start date on your I-20 or continuing internship employment (paid or unpaid) after the CPT authorization end date on your I-20 IS A SERIOUS VISA VIOLATION AND CAN RESULT IN A LOSS OF YOUR F-1 VISA STATUS.
14 Curricular Practical Training application procedure Attend LASC ISS CPT/OPT workshopMeet with your Academic Advisor; request that s/he complete the recommendation form, and provide support letter, if applicableObtain detailed internship offer letter (see template)Submit application to LASC ISSPick up CPT I-20 after you have been notified via by LASC ISSDO NOT START THE INTERNSHIP BEFORE YOU ARE AUTHORIZED FOR CPT!
15 SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN) & TAXES If you find PAID employment or if you are approved for OPT or Severe Economic Hardship, you will need to apply for a Social Security Number through a Social Security Administration Office:When you find employment, you will need to file taxes for every year you work. If you need assistance, seek a tax accountant. Form you may need:Form 1040EZ or 1040NR (Income Tax Return)Form 8843 (statement for Exempt Individuals)Form 843 (refund for Medicare &Social Security)
16 Deadlines to Submit CPT Applications Applications due in ISS office before the 2nd week of classSubmit CPT packets in person toLASC ISSRoom 116, Student Services Building Call or with questions