Weber State University (WSU) CPT Policy Guidelines
Weber State University’s CPT Policy is based on the following regulatory requirements:
- 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(10)(i):
- F-1 students must have been enrolled full-time for at least 2 semesters to be eligible.
- The position must “directly relate(d) to his or her major area of study.”
- The work opportunity is an “integral part of an established curriculum”
Students applying for CPT must provide the following documentation:
- Job offer letter signed by the employer.
- Enrollment confirming the relevant academic credit, such as Internship, Research, or Independent Study credit for the same semester or session as the work will take place.
- Departmental support that the work is directly related to the major area of study by completing the CPT form on our website.
- For Graduate Students, this includes your faculty or academic advisor.
- For Undergrads, your academic advisor.
- Be in status under F-1 guidelines.
Two Full-time Semesters
First, F-1 students must complete 2 full-time semesters to be eligible. This does not include summer sessions. The student must complete these semesters with active SEVIS status, or in another status before a change to F-1 status is complete.
WSU does consider semesters done in previous immigration status or at a previous US school towards this 2-semester requirement, as long as there has not been an interruption to the student’s studies (OPT is not considered an interruption). An exception to this rule applies to graduate students required to begin clinicals in their first semester.
Directly Related to the Major Area of Study
Our process captures this through the academic department, the ultimate authority on whether a job is related to the major area of study. The adviser will confirm as part of the application that they believe the student’s work opportunity is directly in support of the goals/outcomes of the degree program.
Integral Part of an Established Curriculum
Our process captures this in a few ways. First, “integral” is captured with the academic advisor from the department, who confirms that the work opportunity is directly in support of the program goals and outcomes. Thus, the work is established as integral to the curriculum in that it is fundamentally involved in advancing the desired program outcomes.
Next, the work is made an established part of the curriculum by making sure it is captured on the transcript. This is done via an existing academic credit that is representative of the work.
*Specific details can be found on the CPT application
Multiple Jobs In CPT
- Multiple jobs can be combined, but each position requires a separate, complete CPT application. Forms can be found on our website.
- During summer and any other time, a student is eligible for full-time CPT, there is no limit to the number of jobs or the number of hours that can be approved.
- If a student is only eligible for part-time CPT (i.e. during a regular semester), the total hours of all CPT jobs combined cannot exceed 20 hours per week.
Multiple Jobs Combining CPT & On-Campus Work
Regulations on F-1 employment do not say outright if there are any limits on combining CPT and on-campus work (though each have their own limits individually). Traditionally, our approach has been to also not impose limits on the combination, as long as the adviser supports the work. Some departments may limit this.
Note on FT CPT Limits: Regulations do not specifically limit when CPT can be used FT, but do say the work should not impede progress towards the academic degree. Since students have to enroll FT in all regular semesters except their last, our internal policy determined that FT CPT and FT enrollment were not a good combination. FT CPT is allowed in a student’s last semester if they have 4 credits or less - this is not regulatory, and if the team deems it appropriate, can be modified.
Note: Students CANNOT begin employment unless authorized in SEVIS.