Please note that the ISO advises that eligible courses for CPT within a program's curriculum should, in its description in the MIT Bulletin, include an internship or an experience component be completed for a required component for a grade within the course.
Thesis and CPT eligibility, please see the section later on this webpage. The Registrar's Office also maintains a webpage with the current academic year tuition and fees for reference, available here. CPT is granted on a term-by-term basis. The start and end dates of the CPT authorization period allowed are limited by the preceding term and exam period and the official end date of the academic term in which the experience is conducted.
Please see guidelines below for the earliest and latest dates allowed for internships authorized by CPT in the academic years.
For more information, please contact your ISO Advisor. Students who are authorized for 12 or more months of Full-time Curricular Practical Training are ineligible to apply for Optional Practical Training based on that degree. Pre-completion OPT is uncommon. This is the most common OPT used. Post completion OPT is full-time and can begin after you complete all course requirements for your academic program excluding thesis.
Apply Early! You may submit your application as early as 90 days before your program end date graduation clearance date and up to 60 days after your program end date. Please read the following instructions carefully.
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Form I - Application for Employment Authorization - please complete it on-line, print it out and bring it with you. All previous I's 3.
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Passport 4. Visa 5. I can be printed here 6. Two passport quality color photographs take within the last 30 days.
Photos should be 2x2 inches. You may choose the method of shipping.
This receipt will have your individual receipt number. You may use the receipt number to track the status of your application online. As such the following still applies:. Being unemployed for more than 90 aggregate days is a violation of status. If you use a personal check, please be sure to wait for the check to be cashed before closing your bank account. Please only include the I filing fee and do not include the biometrics fee with the application.
Two full-face passport-style photos. The photos must be identical and in color with a plain background. Put photos in an envelope. You should attach the fee and the photo envelope on top of the entire application on the upper left-hand corner. Please do not staple the fee and the photos.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
Use a pencil to gently write your name and I number on the back of your photo. Photocopy of the new I with OPT recommendation. Photocopies of all your previous Is from your current degree level.
Photocopy of paper or print-out of electronic Form I please click on the link for instructions.