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Practical Training OPT/CPT
CPT or Compulsory Practical TrainingCPT is a practical training program that allows international students on F1 Visas to get real-life job experience in their field of study. This can take the form of an internship, a project or any work experience that is a part of the study program they are enrolled in. Students are eligible to get CPT ince they have finished one year of school and have a valid job offer.
OPT or Optional Practical TrainingMost international students on F1 Visa are allowed to work off-campus after successful completion of their studies in a job associated with their field of study. Students need to inform their employers that they are on OPT and are working as temporary workers. OPT gives an excellent chance to international students to develop relationships with their employers, and often presents an opportunity to apply for a change of status to H1-B, thereby creating a path to securing Permanent Residency in the United States.
STEM OPTInternational students pursuing education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (the STEM fields, collectively) are allowed to get an extension of 24 months on their existing OPT. This is also known as STEM OPT.
Eligibility for OPTThe OPT comes with several restrictions and the international student will need to satisfy the various eligibility conditions including:
The students should hold a valid F1 Visa
The school of study should be an accredited Educational institution located in the United States
The student has completed at least one year of course study
The student can work only part-time when the schools are open
The job needs to be in the field of study
The student has no criminal background
The student has an approved Employment Authorization Document issued by the USCIS
If you are an international student and want to explore your employment options during or after your studies, you must contact your DSO, who will verify your eligibility and submit a request on your behalf to the SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). After this, the student is eligible to file his pr her Application for Employment Authorization (I-765) with the USCIS, along with the relevant documentation and any relevant fees.
If you are serious about this opportunity, consider contacting us – at Rijal Law Firm, we can assist in making sure your student visa eligibility is secure, and move the process along at a brisk pace.