Complete the following steps to apply for CPT


  • Obtain a copy of your official offer letter on company letterhead that is signed by the 
    prospective employer. A photocopy is acceptable. The letter should include the 
    employer’s name, full address, dates of employment, and a job description.


  • Complete a CPT Form with your employer. 
    • Helpful Tips for completing the CPT Form
      • Position Title and Position Description: The student’s position title and 
        description are to be entered on these lines to indicate direct relation 
        between the job duties and program of study.
      • Start Date and End Date: The start and end date of CPT are to be entered 
        on these lines. Do not enter dates of overall employment. A maximum of 
        364 days of CPT can be entered into SEVIS at a time.

  • In order for your CPT to be processed, you must be registered for the semester during 
    which the CPT start date falls.  For example, if you would like to apply for CPT 
    with a start date of September 1, you must be registered for the Fall semester 
    (or alternatively the Late Summer semester), in order for the CPT to be authorized.

  • Submit the CPT application via your student portal in Terra Dotta or click HERE 
    • When submitting requests in Terra Dotta, make sure you have completed all required 
      items and also make sure to hit SUBMIT at the top of the main page of the ticket or 
      it will not reach our office.
    • Terra Dotta does not send confirmation emails, however when you successfully 
      complete the request you should see some text in a green box saying "Your request 
      has been acknowledged and will be processed in the order in which it was received" 
      with the date and time the request was received.  That is how you know the request 
      has reached our office.