Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an employment benefit contained in federal regulations governing the F-1 visa category. USCIS defines CPT as "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." According to USCIS, the word "required" does not always limit this type of practical training only to work experiences which are required parts of the curriculum. Training which is not required by your degree program may meet the requirements for CPT if you receive academic credit for the employment experience or it is offered by sponsored employers through a co-op program at the University of Wyoming.
Part-time VS Full-time CPT:
Application and Authorization Procedures:
You may want to contact ISS staff for evaluation of your employment opportunity to make certain that both you and the job meet eligibility requirements. You may pick up a CPT application packet from ISS, or download it here. Complete the required sections, ask your academic advisor and intended employer to complete their designated sections, enroll for at least one credit of internship at UW, and submit all documents to ISS. CPT application materials must be submitted to ISS at least two weeks before the intended CPT start date to allow time for evaluation and completion of the approval documents.
Upon receipt of the completed application, ISS will evaluate your eligibility. If you qualify for CPT the necessary documents (a new SEVIS I-20 and an employment authorization letter) will be prepared as quickly as possible. Please give your employer a copy of your I-20 and the original work authorization letter for their proof of your eligibility to be employed.
Remember: You may not begin employment through your internship until your request has been approved by ISS and until the date noted on the back of your I-20. Also, CPT will only be approved for one academic semester at a time to ensure proper enrollment in internship credit for any authorized periods of CPT, including summer.