Office of the University Registrar

November 3, 2020

CPT Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for CPT if you:

    1. Are currently in valid F-1 status
    2. Have been enrolled full-time at a college or university for at least one academic year:
      • “One academic year” at UW is defined as three full-time quarters per the academic calendar, including final exams week
      • An exception to the academic year rule is provided for graduate students whose programs require immediate participation in CPT. The program requirement must be for all students in the program and listed in the program’s online curriculum description
      • Students who transferred their SEVIS record directly to UW from a previous college in the U.S. may count study time at the previous school
    3. Are in a major
      • The major MUST beĀ currentĀ by the requested CPT start date in order to apply for CPT. ISS cannot process CPT applications for pending majors
      • Pre-major students are not eligible for CPT
      • CPT cannot be based on a minor or certificate program
    4. Will earn internship course credits in your academic department for the CPT experience
      • Consult your academic adviser about internship credits
      • If your degree requires internship experience for all students for graduation, ISS does not require you to earn internship course credit
    5. Have a job or internship offer
      • Don’t start the job before getting CPT approval; CPT authorization is specific to the training position