Students must meet certain requirements before being eligible for CPT:
- You are in valid F-1 status
- You have been enrolled on a full-time basis for one full academic year (two semesters)
- The one academic year requirement may be waived if your degree program requires immediate participation or you have been in certain other immigration statuses
- The training is "an integral part of an established curriculum"
- The training is "directly related to the student's major area of study"
- You will continue to be enrolled full-time during CPT
- You are NOT eligible for CPT once you have finished all degree requirements and after you have completed your program of study (i.e. no further required course registration, all academic requirements met)
- CPT will not interfere with your program of study and cause a delay of your completion of studies
If you engage in CPT during a semester, you must maintain your full-time student status/enrollment at UMass by making the necessary arrangements with Career Services (if you are an undergraduate) and your department (all students).
If you currently have CPT and wish to continue the same position without interruption following completion of studies, you must apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) at least 3-months before your completion of studies date. Unlike CPT, OPT applications take approximately 3 to 4-months for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to process an OPT application, so plan ahead accordingly.
Important note: Students who utilize a cumulative 12-months of full-time CPT will not be eligible for future post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Any amount of CPT authorized for less than 12-months at the full-time rate will not impact future OPT eligibility and will not be subtracted from your initial 12-months of OPT eligibility.