Without prior authorization, F-1 students are not allowed to work off-campus at any time during your program of study. One type of work authorization is Curricular Practical Training, or CPT. Work may qualify for CPT if it is employment, paid or unpaid, that relates directly to the student's field of study and that is tied to an internship course that is required or essential to the student's degree program. So, the student would need to take a course, during the time that s/he is working, that is tied to the work he/she will be doing. The student must be enrolled at UGA for 1 academic year before s/he can begin CPT.
More information is available on the CPT Information Sheet (see the link below) and in the online workshop listed in Step 1 below.
The process for applying for CPT is as follows:
1. Online workshop completion: If you wish to apply for CPT, you must complete the online workshop available at: Online CPT Workshop. Please review the workshop all the way to the end and fill out the form certifying your completion. This workshop is required before you can meet with an advisor to discuss CPT, even during walk-in hours.
2. CPT application completion: You must also complete the OPT application in the iStart Portal at http://istart.uga.edu. Detailed instructions on how to use this form are available on the CPT Application Process handout: http://issis.uga.edu/docs/Student_Section/F1_CPT_application_process.pdf . After you submit your form, your academic advisor will also be asked to submit a form through iStart.
3. Immigration Services Advisor Review: A Student Advisor will review the complete application and notify the student when a decision is made. If the application is approved, a new I-20 with the CPT recommendation will be processed and placed at the front desk for student pick up.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Links