Please read the instructions on how to complete this eForm carefully. There are two pages in the eForm that must be submitted in order for our office to process your request. 

There are a few steps to this process which include review by your academic advisor and information from your employer.

Please review the “What is CPT” and “What Must I Do to Be Eligible for CPT” sidebar options first. Then read the instructions below for each step.

We recommend you meet with your academic advisor to discuss your CPT plans as well as your prospective employer to fill out the Employer Information PDF prior to starting this eForm request.

Step 1 – Academic Advisor Review of eForm Request

  1. Log into your WorldRams account by clicking the eForm link above. This will take you to the CPT Request eForm dashboard.
    • To start a new request, click the “Start a New Request” link.
    • There are two eForm pages for your request.
      • The first page is information about your academic program and the relevancy of your CPT employment. This page will be reviewed by your academic advisor after you submit it.
      • The second is the employer information upload page where you will upload the completed Employer Information PDF.
      • Both pages are required in order for our office to review your request. 
  2. Click the “F-1 Student Curricular Practical Training Request” link and complete the information required in the eForm. Submit the eForm page.
    • Please be sure to enter your academic advisor’s email and contact information.
    • Once your academic advisor has reviewed your eForm, it will be forwarded to our office for final review.

Step 2 – Employer Information Submission

  1. Meet with your prospective employer, have them complete the CPT Employer Information PDF, and return the signed document to you.
    • Digital signatures and scanned copies are acceptable.
  2. Upload the completed CPT Employer Information PDF to the second page of your CPT Request eForm.
  3. Submit the eForm page.

Step 3 – Immigration Advisor Review and I-20 Creation

  1. Both pages of the CPT Request eForm must be submitted before an immigration advisor will review your request.
  2. Once your request has been reviewed by an immigration advisor, our office will email you when your I-20 is ready, if eligible.

Please note: Depending on the time of academic year, it may take up to 7-10 business days for our office to process your request once it is forwarded to our office. Please allow time for your academic advisor and employer to complete their portions of this process. Students are not allowed to begin working until their CPT request has been approved and they have a new I-20 that shows their CPT approval on the second page. 

Once you receive the email from our office requesting your review of the student’s CPT request:

  1. Fill in all of the required fields, marked with an asterisk (*).
    1. If you would like to see the information provided by the student in their section of the eForm, the links to their eForm are at the top of your eForm page.
  2. Depending on which reason you select, additional required fields may appear.
  3. When you click “Submit,” your portion of the eForm will be automatically forwarded to ISSS for final review.
    • Your part of the process is complete, but the international student will need to wait to begin working until the eForm has been approved by ISSS and the student has received a new I-20. Our office will email the student as soon as their request has been approved.

CPT is work authorization for F-1 international students to receive further training that is directly related to their degree level and major. CPT authorization is dependent upon the student being academically eligible and the employment meeting federal government regulations.

The employment must be an integral part of the student’s established curriculum. “Integral” here is defined as employment that has a strong and measurable connection to the student’s academic program/goals. When describing the learning objectives of the proposed employment and how those objectives are an “integral” part of the student’s academic program, it is not sufficient justification to state that “the employment is related to the student’s major and provides valuable work experience.”

Most commonly, CPT occurs in these four situations below, when the employment…

  1. is required by all students in a given degree program
  2. facilitates the successful completion of thesis or dissertation research
  3. fulfills a specific course requirement
  4. earns internship or practicum credit

In other words, the program curriculum and learning objectives, rather than the student’s desire for employment, should drive the decision of whether the opportunity should be approved as CPT.

  • Maintain valid F-1 status
  • Enrolled full time at CSU
    • Undergraduates – 12+ credits/semester
    • Graduates – 9+ credits/semester
  • The opportunity must be shown to be an “integral part of an established curriculum”
  • Undergraduate students must have been enrolled for at least one academic year to be eligible for CPT.
  • In general, graduate students must have been enrolled for at least one academic year to be eligible for CPT. However, a student enrolled in a graduate program which requires participation in CPT prior to the completion of one academic year may also be eligible.
  • F-1 students must apply for CPT authorization if they intend to work off-campus as an integral part or planned option of their established curriculum, prior to completion of their academic program, whether or not they will receive any form of payment or compensation.
  • CPT may be part-time (20 hours/week maximum) or full-time (more than 20 hours/week).
  • Students on CPT must continue to make normal academic progress and must maintain full-time academic enrollment unless otherwise eligible for a reduced course load. In some cases, a full-time practicum or internship that is required by the student’s program of study may be considered the equivalent of full-time enrollment.
  • A student participating in CPT for independent study or internship credit that extends over both fall and spring semesters is required to register for the credit in both semesters.
  • A student participating in CPT during the spring semester and extending over summer is only required to register for credit during the spring semester. Likewise, a student participating in CPT during the summer and extending into the fall semester is only required to register for the credit during the fall.
  • A student participating in CPT only for the summer based upon independent study or internship credit is required to register for the credit over the summer.

This form assists ISSS to adequately document that the proposed employment is in compliance with immigration regulations regarding CPT. According to the regulations:

An F-1 student may be authorized…to participate in a curricular practical training program which is an integral part of an established curriculum.” – 8 CFR 214.2(f)(10)(I)

A student authorized for full-time CPT may be considered to be pursuing a full course of study if the CPT is required for completion of thesis or dissertation research, or otherwise required for completion of the degree as indicated in an official university publication.

Immigration regulations do not prohibit full-time CPT for students who are still enrolled in coursework, nor do they prohibit CPT during the first year of a new degree program if students have already enrolled at a U.S. university for an academic year at another degree level (please note that time spent studying in an Academic English Program does not count toward CPT eligibility). However, please use your discretion to ensure that this CPT opportunity will not adversely affect normal academic progress, prior academic commitments, or performance, especially for graduate assistants.

What are the limitations to Curricular Practical Training?

  • Students cannot begin working until authorized by ISSS on Page 2 of their I-20 and the start date on Page 2 of their I-20 has arrived.
  • Employment for the primary purpose of gaining work experience/financial compensation does not qualify.
  • A student authorized for CPT may only be employed by a specific employer, at a specific location, and for specific dates as approved by ISSS. Any changes in the employment (i.e. employer, location, dates of employment) will require a new CPT application.
  • In general, CPT will be limited according to the following guidelines unless your department further restricts CPT participation: 1) two semesters + one summer, 2) three summers, or 3) one semester + two summers. Some exceptions apply for students whose programs require longer participation.
  • Students who use 12 months of full-time CPT will lose eligibility for Optional Practical Training (OPT).
  • Part-time CPT or less than 12 months of full-time CPT does not have any effect on OPT eligibility.
  • Students may not work past the authorization date listed on page 2 of their I-20 without applying for and receiving an additional authorization for employment.

How do I find out if my CPT request has been approved?

You will be notified by e-mail when your new I-20 with your CPT authorization is complete.