Curricular Practical Training for F-1 Stud by hvTMh48

VIEWS: 8 PAGES: 16

									  Curricular Practical Training
  for F-1 Students
LA Southwest College International Student Services & Programming
groschda@lasc.ecu
323-241-5277
http://www.lasc.edu
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.
Important Terms

   DSO: Designated School Official –
    International Student Advisor
   USCIS: US Citizenship and Immigration
    Services
   CPT: curricular practical training
   OPT: optional practical training
   EAD: employment authorization document
    (card)
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.
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.
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.
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.
 Curricular Practical Training
    Preconditions            Location                Duration              Hours/Week
Lawfully enrolled as    Employed only by       Approval granted       CPT approved for
full-time student for   specific internship    each semester.         part-time (20h or
one academic year       employer, location,    Must reapply prior     less per week) or
(fall + spring          and for specific       to each semester if    full-time (20+ hours
semester).              dates as approved      interning multiple     per week). Full-
                        by DSO.                semesters.             time CPT granted
                                                                      for summer
                                                                      semester only.

        Field                  Offer of             Enrollment              Approval
Must be an integral         Employment         Enroll in and          Receive work
part of curriculum      Must obtain specific   complete at least 1    authorization from
and count toward        internship offer       credit hour required   DSO on I-20 before
degree                  letter before          for the internship.    internship begins.
requirements            applying for CPT.      Minimum enrollment
(required or                                   requirements apply
recommended)..                                 in spring and fall
                                               semesters.
CPT and other work authorization
    Students who use 12 full
     months of full-time CPT
     become ineligible for
     OPT under US
     immigration law
    Use of part-time CPT
     does not affect OPT
    Consider applying for
     pre-completion OPT if
     your degree program is
     not eligible for CPT
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.
Other considerations
 The internship must be an integral part of an
   established curriculum. This means that the
   internship is:
      1. required for all degree candidates, or

      2. part of an internship course for academic credit
         towards the degree – support letter from
         academic advisor required, or
      3. required to complete thesis/dissertation
         research; results will be included in thesis or
         dissertation - support letter from academic
         advisor required
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 study
    Enroll 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 CPT
    Gather documents and submit CPT application packet
     to LASC ISS – allow 10 business days for processing
    LASC ISS WILL PROCESS NO CPT APPLICATIONS
     IN A CURRENT SEMESTER AFTER THE CLOSE OF
     THE ADD PERIOD FOR THE SEMESTER
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.
Curricular Practical Training
application procedure
                    Attend LASC ISS CPT/OPT
                     workshop
                    Meet with your Academic Advisor;
                     request that s/he complete the
                     recommendation form, and provide
                     support letter, if applicable
                    Obtain detailed internship offer
                     letter (see template)
                    Submit application to LASC ISS
                    Pick up CPT I-20 after you have
                     been notified via email by LASC
                     ISS
                    DO NOT START THE
                     INTERNSHIP BEFORE YOU ARE
                     AUTHORIZED FOR CPT!
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: http://www.ssa.gov/
   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)
            Deadlines to Submit
             CPT Applications
   Applications due in ISS office before the 2nd
    week of class
   Submit CPT packets in person to
       LASC ISS
       Room 116, Student Services Building
    Call 323-241-5277 or email
    groschda@lasc.edu with questions

								
To top