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Day 1 CPT Universities & Others

Published: 06/19/2015

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Below list is complied of Day1 CPT university based on reader's input on Facebook and Forum
University- CPT Offered
University of the Cumberlands
State: Kentuky
Globe University/Minnesota School of Business
State: Minnesota
Trine University
State: Indiana
Lindenwood university
State: Missouri
Hamline University 
State: Minnesota
Goldey-Beacom College
State: Delaware
Infoserve Technologies Institute
State: New York
International Technological University
State: California
United States University- Day 1
State: California
Knowledge Systems Institute- Day 1
State: Illinois
Sullivan University
State: Kentucky
Wichita State University- After 9 Months
State: Kansas
Globe University Minnesota School of Business- Day 1
State: Minnesota
NJIT- After 1 year of studies
State: New Jersey
International Technologies Institute
State: California
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
State: Pennsylvania
Virginia International University- Day 1
State: Virginia
Acct Falls Church- Day 1
University of North America- Day 1
State: Virginia
Strayer University- Day 1
University of Virgnia- Day 1

DesiOPT.com doesn't guarantee accuracy of this information. For more information contact the university directly.

What is CPT?
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a temporary work permit for F-1 international students who desire to get practical experience in their primary fields of study. CPT can be used for either a paid or unpaid job. Internships, service practicums, cooperative education, and service learning activities may all qualify for CPT.

Although having practical experience is an important addition to a student's education, F-1 status is primarily intended for full-time study. As a result, F-1 students should concentrate on their academic success and make sure that their CPT employment activities do not conflict with their primary reason for being in the United States.

In addition to the CPT course, you must register for at least one course required to finish your degree program if you are in your last semester. You may not enroll in solely a CPT course during your final semester unless your degree program requires you to complete an internship in order to graduate. This is also true for students who graduate during the summer months, when attendance is not necessary.

What is Day 1 CPT?

"Day 1 CPT" as the name implies where International student can participate in CPT (Curricular Practical Training) program from Day 1 /Start of the program. This helps students to pursure education along with working full time or part time. 

Eligibility for CPT
  • A student who is currently in F-1 status and is pursuing a degree program.
  • A student who is currently in excellent academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for graduate students, 2.0 for undergraduate students) and is on track to complete their degree.
  • In their first semester , transfer students are not eligible for CPT.
  • Students who have attended another SEVIS-approved college, university for at least one academic year as a full-time student.
  • Prior to transitioning to F-1 status, students who attended full-time in another nonimmigrant status (e.g., H-1B, H-4, L-2) may include one semester or up to one academic year of continuous full-time study. You must have been in F-1 status within 30 days of the semester start date to count your first semester.
    A student must be enrolled full-time in F-1 status for one academic year in order to be eligible for CPT.
  • To apply for CPT, a student must have a job offer; also, to accept CPT, the student must have completed one academic year or be enrolled in a language program prior to the end of their studies.
  • The student must obtain CPT from their designated school official (DSO) and adhere to the school official's procedures. However, if the curriculum demands practical experience, a graduate student may have CPT authorized by their school official during the first semester of their academic program.
Part time Vs. Full Time CPT
Part Time: F1 Visa students, during Fall and Spring Semesters can work up to 20 Hours on CPT

Full Time: F1 Visa Students can work full time ( more than 20 hours ) during Summer.


Can I begin working before I receive CPT I-20?
It's a status violation if you begin working before receiving CPT I-20. 

Is there a limit on CPT authorizations?
There is no limit for Part time CPT, hoewever check with your department on how many time you can enroll. Some might have a limit for one, two or four enrollments.

Can I change Employer on CPT?
You can only work for employer listed on CPT I-20. If you wish to change, check with your ISO to get new CPT authorization for new employer.

What if I terminated from CPT?
Contact DSO to get CPT authorization shortened and get updated I-20.

Is there impact of full time CPT on OPT?
CPT time would not be deducted from OPT. However if someone work 12 months are more on full time CPT, they will not be eligible for OPT. 

Can CPT be extended?
Yes, CPT can be extended case by case basis. Check with your DSO about proof of current enrollment.

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