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Curricular Practical Training
(CPT)
+ Economic Hardship
Office of International Programs
747-5664
www.sa.utep.edu/oip
oip@...
On-Campus Employment
∗ GRADUATE STUDENTS: Up to 20 hrs per week during semester if
you have an assistantship; 19 if you do...
∗ Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
∗ Optional Practical Training (OPT)
∗ Economic Hardship
Types of Employment Availabl...
∗ A type of work authorization for an F-1 / F-3 student
∗ Allows paid training in your field
∗ On-campus or off-campus emp...
∗ Helps you gain work experience related to the field
you are studying
∗ Builds your résumé
∗ Reveals the practical aspect...
∗ Paid internship(s)
∗ Part-time job
∗ Full-time job
∗ Research opportunity with stipend, housing
allowance (any benefit)
...
…an on-campus job!!!
∗ Why?
∗ You are a part-time commuter student from Mexico
∗ You have an F-3 visa
∗ You want to work o...
∗ CPT approval is not required for unpaid internships
∗ However, if you are using the unpaid internship to
maintain your s...
∗ The US government definition: “An individual who
performs hours of service for a public agency for civic,
charitable, or...
∗ In other words, receiving a stipend, housing
allowance, free meals, etc. is a benefit
∗ Volunteer work = no services rec...
∗ Part-time CPT: Working 20 hours per week or less
∗ Full-time CPT: Working 21 hours per week or more (no
maximum)
Two Typ...
∗ As UTEP moves toward Tier 1, the CPT policy for
graduate students has become more strict
∗ Full-time CPT is limited to t...
∗ No current limit to full-time CPT in summers
∗ No limit to part-time CPT
∗ If you have a job on campus, including an
ass...
∗ If you work on campus, you may only have a part-
time CPT for an off-campus position
∗ (unless leaving your on campus jo...
∗ Students who have extended their
I-20s may be more scrutinized when submitting CPT
requests
∗ Prepare for questioning
∗ ...
∗ Co-Op :
∗ Stands for “Cooperative education”
∗ Offered by the Internship Program of the UTEP
University Career Center
∗ ...
∗ An F-1 / F-3 student at UTEP must participate with
both University Career Center AND the Office of
International Program...
∗ Cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and 3.0 for
graduates
∗ Credit hour ranges: 30-90 for undergraduates, 9-24
for ...
∗ Must be IN F-1 / F-3 status
∗ Must have at least one academic year of F-1 / F-3 status
∗ One year of full-time enrollmen...
∗ Time spent in another visa status prior to F-1 / F-3
status will count towards the 1 year of status required
for CPT, as...
 Job title
 Job description
 Salary
 Requested starting date (and ending date if internship)
 Hours per week you will...
∗ Create account on JobMine
∗ Upload résumé to JobMine
∗ “Report a Hire” in JobMine
∗ Please be sure that your JobMine acc...
 Submit job offer letter to University Career Center by
uploading to JobMine, e-mailing to coop@utep.edu
or submitting in...
 Page 1:
 List the # of hours per week you expect to work
 List your REQUESTED start date
 If it’s an internship / sho...
∗ Page 1:
 Show job offer letter to academic advisor
 Undergraduates: have advisor mark “yes” or “no”
(whether or not yo...
∗ Complete Statement of Responsibility
∗ Graduate students ONLY: Attach copy of I-20
STEP 3: Applying for CPT, cont’d…
∗ Submit a copy of your job offer letter
∗ Write a letter stating:
∗ How proposed employment is related to your studies
∗ ...
∗ Turn in your complete application to OIP
∗ Note: if you are graduate student, the Graduate School
will submit your appli...
∗ Advisor checks to make sure you are “in F-1 / F-3
status”
∗ Advisor checks for any holds that prevent you
from class reg...
∗ Full-time CPT can affect your OPT eligibility
∗ Full-time CPT is counted over length of
program (add total days of autho...
∗ If student meets requirements, a new I-20 is
generated, listing approved job and dates on
page 3
∗ OIP will ask Universi...
∗ CPT is granted per semester
∗ In your graduating semester, last possible day
of CPT is last day of finals
∗ You may requ...
∗ Undergraduates:
∗ Internship Program / Univ. Career Center: 3 business
days
∗ OIP Decision: 5 business days (1 week)
∗ A...
∗ Graduate Students:
∗ Internship Program / Univ. Career Center: 3 business
days
∗ Graduate School: 3-5 business days
∗ OI...
What does CPT authorization look like?
What does CPT authorization look like?
∗ Student must start using new I-20
∗ Copy must be submitted to employer for
proof of employment authorization
∗ Need a so...
∗ You must notify OIP of any changes prior to the
change (job site, change in hours per week,
position)
∗ If you are promo...
∗ Part-time CPT:
∗ Undergrads: 12 hours per semester
∗ Graduates: 9 hours OR thesis / dissertation
∗ ATCP, certificate pro...
∗ Full-time CPT:
 If the CPT begins no later than Census Day AND if it lasts
the entire rest of the semester, most studen...
∗ Even if you skip classes for one semester
and do ONLY full-time CPT, you will be
automatically billed for UTEP student
h...
∗ Must be same job & same company
∗ Submit “CPT Renewal Application”
∗ Attach copy of job offer letter (may need new lette...
∗ Must be same job & same company
∗ Submit “CPT Renewal Application”
∗ Attach copy of job offer letter (may need new lette...
∗ If you work without CPT permission, either prior
to your first CPT authorization or prior to a
renewal, your immigration...
∗ Loss of immigration status
∗ Loss of off campus employment eligibility for one
academic year
∗ SEVIS termination / emplo...
∗ It is possible to have more than one CPT authorization at a
time (following the rules previously mentioned)
∗ You can ap...
∗ Type of off-campus employment authorization
∗ Must be result of economic difficulties outside
student’s control
∗ Must b...
∗ Granted for 1 year
∗ Does not require major-related employment
∗ Can be renewed
∗ Can only use for 20 hrs / week during ...
∗ Write a statement describing hardship
∗ Include back-up documentation
∗ State why other employment options insufficient
...
∗ Most students benefit more from combination of CPT
and on-campus employment because:
∗ CPT processing is faster
∗ Don’t ...
1. What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
a. Work authorization for US citizen
b. Work authorization for an internat...
b. Work authorization for an
international student with F-1
/ F-3 visa
Answer #1:
2. When can a student legally work outside the campus?
a. With a CPT authorization, at the approved job
b. With a CPT auth...
e. Answers a & c
(This is kind of a trick question,
because volunteering is not
“working”)
Answer #2:
3. When can a student work more than 20 hours a week
on CPT?
a. Only when the student has an F-1 visa
b. Whenever their em...
d. When they have a full-
time CPT authorization
Answer #3:
4. Where do I apply for the Co-Op program?
a. Office of International Programs
b. Office of Admissions
c. University Caree...
c. University Career Center
Answer #4:
5. Which of the following students are eligible for CPT?
a. New international student
b. Student with undeclared major
c. ...
d. A current international
student who has been in status
for 2 years
Exception: a student in ATCP is eligible from the fi...
6. Which of the following students would not be eligible
for OPT?
a. A student who works 13 months of full-time CPT
b. A s...
a. A student who works 13
months of full-time CPT
Answer #6:
7. The next thing a student should do after giving the
job offer letter to Univ. Career Center and reporting a
hire in Job...
a. Apply for CPT with OIP
Answer #7:
8. To extend a CPT work authorization, a student must:
a. Talk to their academic advisor
b. Give new job offer letter to U...
d. Submit the “CPT Renewal
Application” to OIP, contact
Univ. Career Center, wait for
approval from both offices,
then res...
Make sure that your name is on
the sign-in sheet before you go!
IMPORTANT REMINDER:
Questions???
UTEP Office of International Programs
Last modified: 7/9/2013
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  1. 1. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) + Economic Hardship Office of International Programs 747-5664 www.sa.utep.edu/oip oip@utep.edu Revised: 12/19/2012
  2. 2. On-Campus Employment ∗ GRADUATE STUDENTS: Up to 20 hrs per week during semester if you have an assistantship; 19 if you do not ∗ UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Up to 19 hrs per week during semester ∗ SUMMER / VACATION PERIODS: It is possible to be appointed to work more than 19 or 20 hours / week, but student must be appointed with a special job code ∗ F-3 students – see an OIP advisor about SSN issues Types of Employment Available Through the F-1 / F-3 Visa
  3. 3. ∗ Curricular Practical Training (CPT) ∗ Optional Practical Training (OPT) ∗ Economic Hardship Types of Employment Available Through the F-1 / F-3 Visa
  4. 4. ∗ A type of work authorization for an F-1 / F-3 student ∗ Allows paid training in your field ∗ On-campus or off-campus employment ∗ “Curricular:” it becomes part of your course of study ∗ Must be major-related Curricular Practical Training: What Is It?
  5. 5. ∗ Helps you gain work experience related to the field you are studying ∗ Builds your résumé ∗ Reveals the practical aspects of your field Curricular Practical Training: Why Participate?
  6. 6. ∗ Paid internship(s) ∗ Part-time job ∗ Full-time job ∗ Research opportunity with stipend, housing allowance (any benefit) ∗ Seasonal work ∗ Short-term job ∗ OR… Curricular Practical Training: What Forms Can It Take?
  7. 7. …an on-campus job!!! ∗ Why? ∗ You are a part-time commuter student from Mexico ∗ You have an F-3 visa ∗ You want to work on campus in a full-time position during fall or spring Curricular Practical Training: What Forms Can It Take?
  8. 8. ∗ CPT approval is not required for unpaid internships ∗ However, if you are using the unpaid internship to maintain your status for a fall or spring semester, you must have a full-time CPT authorization ∗ Not needed for volunteer work Curricular Practical Training
  9. 9. ∗ The US government definition: “An individual who performs hours of service for a public agency for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reasons, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered.” (29 CFR 553.101) What is Volunteer Work?
  10. 10. ∗ In other words, receiving a stipend, housing allowance, free meals, etc. is a benefit ∗ Volunteer work = no services received Volunteer Work, cont’d…
  11. 11. ∗ Part-time CPT: Working 20 hours per week or less ∗ Full-time CPT: Working 21 hours per week or more (no maximum) Two Types of CPT:
  12. 12. ∗ As UTEP moves toward Tier 1, the CPT policy for graduate students has become more strict ∗ Full-time CPT is limited to two long semesters (fall, spring) maximum per program CPT for Graduate Students
  13. 13. ∗ No current limit to full-time CPT in summers ∗ No limit to part-time CPT ∗ If you have a job on campus, including an assistantship, you may not have CPT for another campus position ∗ UTEP HR: No more than 20 hours on campus CPT for Graduate Students
  14. 14. ∗ If you work on campus, you may only have a part- time CPT for an off-campus position ∗ (unless leaving your on campus job for the position) ∗ Full-time CPT for an on-campus job is only permitted when you will be hired in a position that does not have a student job title (for example, if you are hired as a full-time employee of UTEP) CPT for Graduate Students
  15. 15. ∗ Students who have extended their I-20s may be more scrutinized when submitting CPT requests ∗ Prepare for questioning ∗ Defend why CPT will not further delay your progress CPT for Graduate Students
  16. 16. ∗ Co-Op : ∗ Stands for “Cooperative education” ∗ Offered by the Internship Program of the UTEP University Career Center ∗ Will appear on your class schedule as a 0-credit class (but is not a class) ∗ CPT: a work authorization required for an F-1 / F-3 student who wants to participate in a Co-op Definitions: CPT vs. Co-op
  17. 17. ∗ An F-1 / F-3 student at UTEP must participate with both University Career Center AND the Office of International Programs ∗ You MUST HAVE both Co-op registration and CPT authorization ∗ MUST have new I-20 to start working CPT & Co-op:
  18. 18. ∗ Cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates ∗ Credit hour ranges: 30-90 for undergraduates, 9-24 for graduates (but Univ. Career Center is flexible) ∗ Be a good ambassador for UTEP Preferred Requirements for Co-op:
  19. 19. ∗ Must be IN F-1 / F-3 status ∗ Must have at least one academic year of F-1 / F-3 status ∗ One year of full-time enrollment (unless given permission to enroll part-time) ∗ Must have a declared major (non-degree, general studies and Programa Interamericano students cannot participate) ∗ Cannot have any holds preventing registration ∗ Must have located a prospective job related to your major Qualifications for CPT:
  20. 20. ∗ Time spent in another visa status prior to F-1 / F-3 status will count towards the 1 year of status required for CPT, as long as the student has been enrolled full- time Another Visa Status
  21. 21.  Job title  Job description  Salary  Requested starting date (and ending date if internship)  Hours per week you will work  Supervisor’s information & address of employment STEP 1: Request Job Offer Letter
  22. 22. ∗ Create account on JobMine ∗ Upload résumé to JobMine ∗ “Report a Hire” in JobMine ∗ Please be sure that your JobMine account is up-to- date STEP 2: Apply for Co-op
  23. 23.  Submit job offer letter to University Career Center by uploading to JobMine, e-mailing to coop@utep.edu or submitting in person  The Internship Program/UCC will check your major, GPA & credit hours  If you qualify, the UCC will send Co-op registration notice to OIP STEP 2: Co-op Process, cont’d...
  24. 24.  Page 1:  List the # of hours per week you expect to work  List your REQUESTED start date  If it’s an internship / short-term job, list the end date  If no end date for the job, we will either use the date you designate or the last day of finals for the current term:  Fall 2013: 12/13/2013  Spring 2014: 05/16/2014  Summer 2014: 08/05/2014 STEP 3: Apply for CPT
  25. 25. ∗ Page 1:  Show job offer letter to academic advisor  Undergraduates: have advisor mark “yes” or “no” (whether or not your job is major-related)  Have advisor sign “Advisor’s Certification” section on page 1  Graduate students: also need signatures of department chair, academic dean & the Graduate School STEP 3: Applying for CPT, cont’d…
  26. 26. ∗ Complete Statement of Responsibility ∗ Graduate students ONLY: Attach copy of I-20 STEP 3: Applying for CPT, cont’d…
  27. 27. ∗ Submit a copy of your job offer letter ∗ Write a letter stating: ∗ How proposed employment is related to your studies ∗ How you feel it will benefit your future STEP 3: Applying for CPT, cont’d…
  28. 28. ∗ Turn in your complete application to OIP ∗ Note: if you are graduate student, the Graduate School will submit your application directly to our office once it is signed; application must be complete when submitting to Graduate School ∗ Application assigned to advisor for review (allow 5 business days) ∗ OIP will then check for Co-Op notice STEP 4: OIP Review
  29. 29. ∗ Advisor checks to make sure you are “in F-1 / F-3 status” ∗ Advisor checks for any holds that prevent you from class registration ∗ Advisor checks that you meet CPT requirements ∗ Advisor checks for previous CPT granted STEP 4: OIP Review
  30. 30. ∗ Full-time CPT can affect your OPT eligibility ∗ Full-time CPT is counted over length of program (add total days of authorization) ∗ 12+ months of FT CPT make a student ineligible for OPT at the same level of study CPT / OPT Rule:
  31. 31. ∗ If student meets requirements, a new I-20 is generated, listing approved job and dates on page 3 ∗ OIP will ask University Career Center to register you in Co-op (will appear on your schedule in Goldmine) ∗ If student does not meet requirements, the application is denied STEP 5: OIP Decision
  32. 32. ∗ CPT is granted per semester ∗ In your graduating semester, last possible day of CPT is last day of finals ∗ You may request to extend your CPT if you wish to continue with the same job & employer STEP 5: OIP Decision
  33. 33. ∗ Undergraduates: ∗ Internship Program / Univ. Career Center: 3 business days ∗ OIP Decision: 5 business days (1 week) ∗ Average time from application start date: 1.5 weeks Average CPT Processing Time
  34. 34. ∗ Graduate Students: ∗ Internship Program / Univ. Career Center: 3 business days ∗ Graduate School: 3-5 business days ∗ OIP Process: 5 business days (1 week) ∗ Average time from application start date: 2.5 weeks Average CPT Processing Time
  35. 35. What does CPT authorization look like?
  36. 36. What does CPT authorization look like?
  37. 37. ∗ Student must start using new I-20 ∗ Copy must be submitted to employer for proof of employment authorization ∗ Need a social security number to be paid Once Co-op & CPT Authorization Have Been Granted:
  38. 38. ∗ You must notify OIP of any changes prior to the change (job site, change in hours per week, position) ∗ If you are promoted, it’s a new job and you must reapply for CPT ∗ Do not work before or after your authorized dates (illegal employment – 5 year bar to U.S.) While on CPT:
  39. 39. ∗ Part-time CPT: ∗ Undergrads: 12 hours per semester ∗ Graduates: 9 hours OR thesis / dissertation ∗ ATCP, certificate programs: 9 hours ∗ Part-time Border Commuters: one academic class ∗ Summer: if took spring courses & returning for fall, no classes required F-1 / F-3 Status During CPT
  40. 40. ∗ Full-time CPT:  If the CPT begins no later than Census Day AND if it lasts the entire rest of the semester, most students have the option to SKIP classes for one semester  In the next regular semester, must take at least the minimum # of hours for your degree level (12/ 9/ thesis / dissertation / PT BC 1 academic class) F-1 / F-3 Status During CPT
  41. 41. ∗ Even if you skip classes for one semester and do ONLY full-time CPT, you will be automatically billed for UTEP student health insurance because of the Co-Op course enrollment ∗ (exception: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rules say Mexican students are exempt) Students on Full-time CPT
  42. 42. ∗ Must be same job & same company ∗ Submit “CPT Renewal Application” ∗ Attach copy of job offer letter (may need new letter) ∗ Complete “Report Hire” process with Univ. Career Center (and give them same job offer letter you brought to OIP) Extending CPT: Undergraduates
  43. 43. ∗ Must be same job & same company ∗ Submit “CPT Renewal Application” ∗ Attach copy of job offer letter (may need new letter) ∗ Attach copy of current I-20 ∗ Complete “Report Hire” process with Univ. Career Center (and give them same job offer letter you brought to OIP) ∗ Grad students must obtain all 4 signatures on renewal application Extending CPT: Graduates
  44. 44. ∗ If you work without CPT permission, either prior to your first CPT authorization or prior to a renewal, your immigration status / I-20 may be terminated ∗ Most students who make this mistake do so when in the process of extending / renewing a CPT ∗ DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE!!! The costs are HIGH!!! Working Without CPT Authorization:
  45. 45. ∗ Loss of immigration status ∗ Loss of off campus employment eligibility for one academic year ∗ SEVIS termination / employment violation on your immigration record ∗ Risk to eligibility of future immigration benefits (i.e. not being granted a work visa, residency, etc.) ∗ Loss of experience & income because you cannot accept / return to the job What are the Costs?
  46. 46. ∗ It is possible to have more than one CPT authorization at a time (following the rules previously mentioned) ∗ You can apply for CPT multiple times ∗ You can end a CPT early ∗ You cannot use CPT after you complete your degree requirements ∗ If you transfer schools, your CPT authorization (and all other employment) ends Other CPT Information:
  47. 47. ∗ Type of off-campus employment authorization ∗ Must be result of economic difficulties outside student’s control ∗ Must be in F-1 / F-3 status for a year to qualify ∗ Cannot work on-campus at same time Economic Hardship
  48. 48. ∗ Granted for 1 year ∗ Does not require major-related employment ∗ Can be renewed ∗ Can only use for 20 hrs / week during term ∗ Can use full-time during breaks Economic Hardship
  49. 49. ∗ Write a statement describing hardship ∗ Include back-up documentation ∗ State why other employment options insufficient ∗ Complete I-765 application for employment, submit photos, complete fee waiver application ($290) ∗ Wait for result (2-3 months…) Applying for Economic Hardship
  50. 50. ∗ Most students benefit more from combination of CPT and on-campus employment because: ∗ CPT processing is faster ∗ Don’t have to quit on-campus job in most cases ∗ Can be hard to get approval for economic hardship authorization CPT vs. Economic Hardship
  51. 51. 1. What is Curricular Practical Training (CPT)? a. Work authorization for US citizen b. Work authorization for an international student with F-1 / F-3 visa c. Work authorization only for international students from Mexico CPT Quiz
  52. 52. b. Work authorization for an international student with F-1 / F-3 visa Answer #1:
  53. 53. 2. When can a student legally work outside the campus? a. With a CPT authorization, at the approved job b. With a CPT authorization and with any other job they want c. When it’s a volunteer position d. Anytime they want to e. Answers a & c CPT Quiz
  54. 54. e. Answers a & c (This is kind of a trick question, because volunteering is not “working”) Answer #2:
  55. 55. 3. When can a student work more than 20 hours a week on CPT? a. Only when the student has an F-1 visa b. Whenever their employer asks them to c. When they have a part-time CPT authorization d. When they have a full-time CPT authorization CPT Quiz
  56. 56. d. When they have a full- time CPT authorization Answer #3:
  57. 57. 4. Where do I apply for the Co-Op program? a. Office of International Programs b. Office of Admissions c. University Career Center d. Pizza Hut restaurant e. Social Security Administration CPT Quiz
  58. 58. c. University Career Center Answer #4:
  59. 59. 5. Which of the following students are eligible for CPT? a. New international student b. Student with undeclared major c. A student who graduated last semester d. A current international student who has been in status for 2 years CPT Quiz
  60. 60. d. A current international student who has been in status for 2 years Exception: a student in ATCP is eligible from the first semester b/c working is required for the certificate Answer #5:
  61. 61. 6. Which of the following students would not be eligible for OPT? a. A student who works 13 months of full-time CPT b. A student who works 15 months of part-time CPT c. A student who works 9 months of full-time CPT CPT Quiz
  62. 62. a. A student who works 13 months of full-time CPT Answer #6:
  63. 63. 7. The next thing a student should do after giving the job offer letter to Univ. Career Center and reporting a hire in JobMine is: a. Apply for CPT with OIP b. Start working c. Attend new employee orientation d. Create a JobMine account CPT Quiz
  64. 64. a. Apply for CPT with OIP Answer #7:
  65. 65. 8. To extend a CPT work authorization, a student must: a. Talk to their academic advisor b. Give new job offer letter to Univ. Career Center & continue working c. Submit “CPT Renewal Application” to OIP and continue working d. Submit the “CPT Renewal Application” to OIP, contact Univ. Career Center, wait for approval from both offices, then resume / continue employment CPT Quiz
  66. 66. d. Submit the “CPT Renewal Application” to OIP, contact Univ. Career Center, wait for approval from both offices, then resume / continue employment Answer #8:
  67. 67. Make sure that your name is on the sign-in sheet before you go! IMPORTANT REMINDER:
  68. 68. Questions??? UTEP Office of International Programs Last modified: 7/9/2013 Your Turn

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