- VISA APPLICATION
- What is VISA?
- Understanding The Legalities
- Availing Assistance
- The Immigration Paralegal
- School Selection and getting admitted
- GETTING A VISA
- I-20 form
- Proving the Financial Capability
- Where to apply
- When to Apply
- HOW TO APPLY FOR AN US VISA
- Paying the Visa Application Fee
- The Visa Interview Schedule
- The Interview
- FORM I-20 CHALLENGES
- Problems with Form I-20
- Problems with Educational Qualifications
- What is Immigrant Intent?
- Bringing Your Family Along
- ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
- Going through the Form Filling process
- Obtaining the Social Security Number
- EARNING WHILE LEARNING
- Introduction to earning while learning
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- MAINTAINING THE VISA STATUS
- Filing for a renewal of the Visa
- Different infringements by different students
- Maintaining the status of the F-1 visa
- Penalties related to VISA violation
- When to apply for a new I-20 form
- J-1 INTERNSHIP
- J-1 Internship Program
- How to Find the Internship
- The Requirements of the Visitor Visa Departure
- Applying for the J-1 visa:
- How to go about preparing the J-1 Application Packet
Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
The CPT is an alternative work/study internship or any other type of internship. This must be part of an established curriculum and is only available once the first year of the academic year is completed.
CPT can be pursued along with OPT, or also as a substitute for OPT.
There are a few conditions that must be catered to:
- The students who received CPT for 12 months or more are ineligible for Post-completion OPT.
- If the student has received less than 20 hours of CPT (for 3 years), he is still eligible for OPT.
Students with an F-1 visa can work on-campus without the need to apply for any Employment Authorisation. However, one of the main possibilities that should be accounted for by the students is the state of the economy in the United States, and the job opportunities on the campus. Also, students from the United States will be given preference.
So, once you have got through the hurdles and have secured an on-campus employment opportunities, you may then work up to 20 hours per week either when the school is in session or during any vacations. Also, since the term is ‘on-campus’, you can only work on the school premises, or if there are any off-campus opportunities, make sure that this is affiliated with your school.
All on-campus employment must be an integral part of your curriculum, and it depends on the DSO to determine if the proposed employment is in harmony with the requirement.
Off- Campus Employment
Unlike M-1 students (who have to wait to complete their course before seeking any employment), the F-1 students can work full-time after the completion of one year of their curriculum. Also, the F-1 students may in the case of an economic or financial crunch request for work authorization on Form I-538.