No, CPT is an employer-specific employment authorization, so you need to apply for CPT authorization for each separate employment.
CPT and OPT are separate work authorizations; however, if you worked full-time on CPT for one academic year then you will be unable to apply for any OPT.
CPT is meant to complement your degree program and not interrupt the progress of your degree. A student who applies for CPT must be able to show that they are enrolled full-time for the semester in which they are requesting work authorization. CPT approved during a semester will be approved for part-time (up to, but no more than, 20 hours/week) unless the CPT request is for the IPSS or DPMI course. For these two courses, CPT is approved full-time for the term in which they are taken.
You can only begin employment if you have received authorization (see 3rd page of your I-20) from Student Services .
CPT is approved per work experience . Once you receive approval, you will receive an I-20 with the work authorization details including the name of the company and approved dates. You will need to show your employer the third page of the I-20 with CPT authorization to begin working.
Working without authorization or before or after the approval dates is a violation of status and will result in the loss of your F-1 status.
For an F-1 student to be eligible for CPT, they must:
- Have been a full-time student for at least one academic year (two semesters);
- Be in F-1 status
- If applying for summer CPT approval, you must be registered for 12 units prior to CPT approval;
- Receive a support letter from your Academic Advisor;
- Have a letter from your prospective employer (see additional details below)
- Be enrolled in a program that requires an internship OR register for a course that requires an internship/work experience.