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Curricular Practical Training
International Student Services at Lehman College

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Before you apply for your Form I-20 BEFORE YOU BEGIN CPT WORK YOU MUST RECEIVE AUTHORIZATION FROM THE ISSO. YOU MUST CONSULT YOUR ISSO ADVISOR FOR CPT AUTHORIZATION.

Curricular Practical Training is authorization for employment that is an "integral" part of the established curriculum of your degree program. CPT is not available to all F-1 students because it is dependent on the academic requirements of your program.

General Eligibility Requirements:

1. You must be in lawful F-1 status for one academic year (two consecutive full-time terms)
2. A degree candidate (not an ESL student)

3. Have a job offer as part of the application

CPT can be used only during the academic program.

General Time Limits (subject to change depending on individual situations):

You are allowed to engage in CPT work:
1) Part-time (20 hours per week or less) during regular full-time semesters (Spring & Fall)
2) Full-time when school is not in session or over the summer

For addional information, questions and CPT authorization request process, please contact an International Student Advisor.