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CPT is an off-campus employment option, authorized by the SUNY Plattsburgh International Student Advisor (ISA) in the Global Education Office (GEO). It is available to F-1 students for the purpose of gaining work experience that is both a) integral to, and b) directly related to the student’s field of study.
CPT work opportunities can be:
The work opportunity must be tied to a course credit with the exception of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management (HRT) majors.
You must have prior authorization for CPT (this means that you have the new CPT I-20 in hand) before you begin working. The U.S. government takes illegal employment very seriously. If the ISA becomes aware of illegal employment, he or she is required by law to “terminate” a student’s SEVIS record which places the student in unlawful visa status.
In order to be eligible to participate in CPT, you must have:
Note: HRT majors still need CPT authorization before beginning work off-campus! However, you do not need to be registered for course credit for the work because off-campus training is part of your degree requirements.
Please keep these additional rules in mind:
To apply for CPT, you will need to submit these 2 documents to the Global Education Office (GEO) for processing of the CPT I-20:
Before you ask your employer to write your offer letter, please be sure you understand what it must contain. You may wish to share this with your employer ahead of time in order to avoid the unpleasant task of having to ask them to do it all over again. It may be helpful to review a sample letter as you consider the following requirements:
F-1 and J-1 students who have been in the U.S. in this status for 5 years or less (2010 or later), and J-1 scholars in the U.S. in this status for 2 years or less (2013 or later) who have been employed on campus and/or off campus are exempt from Social Security and Medicare Tax. Your employer should not be withholding those taxes from your paycheck. More information regarding “Non-resident Aliens” and taxes is available from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
If you or your employer have any questions or need assistance with CPT, please contact Amelia Lushia in the GEO Office.
If you have any questions about international education, admission, or financial aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:
Global Education Office
State University of New York at Plattsburgh
Kehoe Administration Building, Room 210
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, New York 12901 USA