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CPT is authorization for off-campus employment prior to completion of studies that is either required as part of your academic program curriculum and/or for which you will receive academic credit towards your current division requirements.
CharacteristicsTraining DurationStudent Eligibility Training Eligibility Application Process
Characteristics of CPT:Training…
Guidelines for Training Duration:
Student Eligibility Requirements:Students must:
Training (Employment) Eligibility Requirements:
Division Chair Guidelines:
Guidlines are available for the student's divison chair to read for CPT requirements and division chair responsibilities.
*CPT is not guaranteed. Your application must clearly show how your proposed training is integral in your academic program and that it satisfies the academic objectives stated in your current Division II/III contract.
Mail OR submit in person your ORIGINAL and COMPLETED application to the MISS office (2nd floor of the CC, room 202) no later than two weeks before proposed first day of training (and no earlier than three weeks prior to first day of training):
Multicultural and International Student Services, Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, Massachusetts, USA 01002
Only original documents will be accepted for CPT I-20 issuance. DO NOT SUBMIT DOCUMENTS INDIVIDUALLY. Electronic or faxed submissions are NOT accepted.
* If you are UNSURE what your current CIP codes are or if you are UNSURE if this update is required of you, please contact your international student advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* There is NO application fee, as CPT does not require adjudication by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).Adjudication process:
*You will show your CPT I-20 to your employer as proof of employment authorization.IMPORTANT NOTE: You are not authorized to begin work until the international student advisor has endorsed your form I-20. You MUST stop working on the last day indicated on the endorsement.
CPT Guidelines (pdf)