29 Apr Top Day 1 CPT Questions and Answers -
Question: Is Day 1 CPT legal?
Answer: USCIS regulations allow CPT from the start of the semester at the graduate level as long as CPT is part of the curriculum.
Question: How long can you work on Day 1 CPT ?
Answer: There is no limit as such. USCIS does not explicitly state the total duration of CPT allowed. Regulations only state that if you use full-time CPT for more than 12 months, you are not eligible for post-completion OPT.
Question: Does Day 1 CPT affect H1B approval ?
Answer: Day 1 CPT and H1B are two different immigration statuses. Using Day 1 CPT may not affect H1B approval. However, the change of status from F1 to H1B might not be approved. You may have to get your H1B visa stamped at a US Consulate to change status from F1 to H1B. Please take the advice of an experienced immigration attorney if you have any concerns regarding this.
Question: Does Day 1 CPT cause H1B visa stamping rejection ?
Answer: It doesn’t appear so from hearsay and comments on Facebook from people who used Day 1 CPT. But it completely depends on the facts of your case. Please take the advice of an experienced immigration attorney if you have any concerns regarding this.
Question: Are there any Universities that offer completely online Day 1 CPT programs?
Answer: The short answer is NO. USCIS regulations limit the number of online classes for F1 students to a maximum of 3 credits/semester. So any university or program that promises completely online classes is out of compliance and risks administrative action.
Question: How do Day 1 CPT Universities offer classes once a semester?
Answer: Most Day 1 CPT programs that offer once a semester classes have a 3-semester academic year instead of 2 semesters. And usually, each semester is 7 credits – 1 credit for CPT, 3 credits for an online course, 3 credits for a classroom course. So, the total program is 6 semesters with 36-course credits.
These programs pack the required class time for the 3 classroom credits for the entire semester into one extended weekend. The classes usually start on Friday evening and extend through to Sunday evening.
Question: Can H4 visa holders get Day1 CPT ?
Answer: You must be on F1 status to be eligible for CPT or OPT. Once you are on F1 status, the DSO may offer Day 1 CPT. If you need to change from H4 to F1 status, you can apply for a change of status or step out of the country and get the F1 visa stamped at a US consulate.
Question: Can H4 EAD get CPT from Day 1 ?
Answer: If your intention is to gain practical experience while pursuing studies, you can do that using your H4 Employment Authorization (EAD). You don’t need CPT from a college or convert to F1.
Question: My H1B petition is denied. Can I enroll in a Day 1 CPT program ?
Answer: You have to be on F1 status to be eligible CPT or OPT. Once you are on F1 status, the university may offer Day 1 CPT. If you are on H1B and want to convert to F1 you can apply for a change of status or get out of the country and get the F1 visa stamped.
Question: Can you enroll in Day 1 CPT if SEVIS expired?
Answer: Yes. But your SEVIS must be reinstated first. It is advisable to work with an experienced immigration attorney to reinstate the SEVIS record.
Question: Which Universities offer Day 1 CPT programs?
Answer: There are several universities that offer Day 1 CPT programs. You can find them here.
Question: Which Universities offer Day 1 CPT phd programs?
Answer: Very few Universities offer Day 1 CPT phd programs. Read this blog for the list.
Question: Can you get Day 1 CPT for first masters?
Answer: Yes. Some Universities offer these programs for first time International F1 students aswell.
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