Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


You are eligible to apply for CPT if:

  • You are enrolled in SEVIS school in lawful non-immigrant status for at least 9 months
  • You are currently an F-1 student in a degree-seeking academic program
  • Your proposed employment is either a required part of your program of study or an integral part of the curriculum for which you will receive academic credit


Applying for CPT is a two-step process:

  1. Meet with an International Student Advisor to confirm that you are eligible for CPT. Please read the CPT Information Form and complete the CPT Request Form prior, and bring the request form to your appointment. Upon confirmation of eligibility, the International Student Advisor will provide you with a checklist of items to prepare for the authorization of CPT.

  2. Apply to Office of International Education.

    • Make sure to include with your CPT documents, A copy of complete Cooperative Education Training Agreement & Learning Objectives.
      • Unless the employment is a required part of the curriculum, you must register for academic credit to be eligible to engage in CPT. Therefore, you will need to work with the Co-op Education department to determine appropriate number of credits to register for appropriate term(s) as a required (and integral) part of the academic program.

Processing Times

Please allow 3-5 working days to complete the authorization.


  • If you are authorized for 12 months or more of Full-Time CPT, you are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) after you complete your degree. You may, however, engage in unlimited part-time CPT and still retain your OPT after graduation.
  • CPT is only available prior to completion of your program of study.