Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment option available to F-1 students when the practical training employment is considered to be an integral part of the curriculum or academic program. At Yale, the use of CPT is very limited and is only available in the two circumstances listed below.
Your first step is to contact the OISS advising staff or your school to evaluate your eligibility for curricular practical training. If all eligibility requirements are met, you will need to present OISS with a completed CPT Request Form signed by your academic adviser or dean. (Some of the professional schools will have their own CPT Request forms.)
Curricular practical training is authorized by OISS; it does not require approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). A new SEVIS I-20 will be issued denoting employment authorization, including the employer and the dates authorized, on page three. You may not change employers or continue employment beyond the date authorized unless you apply and are granted an extension of your CPT. Work undertaken after the expiration date of your CPT will be considered unauthorized employment.
During the academic year, CPT employment is limited to part time, i.e. no more than 20 hours per week and you must continue to be enrolled as a full time student.
The time you spend in full time curricular practical training will not be deducted from the twelve months of allowable optional practical training UNLESS you use 12 months or more of full-time curricular practical training.
Your I-20 form authorized for CPT is all you will need to provide your employer. Within the first three days of beginning work you and your employer must complete a form entitled Employment Eligibility Verification, USCIS Form I-9. Your I-20 with curricular practical training employment page (Page 3) and your unexpired passport should meet the documentation requirements of the I-9.
If you don’t have a U.S. Social Security Number, you should apply for one while using CPT.
You will likely have federal and states taxes withheld from your payment. In general F-1 students who have been in the U.S. for fewer than six calendar years are exempt from social security taxes (also known as F.I.C.A. tax).
Applying for CPT