International Student Services

CPT Application Instructions

  • General CPT Instructions
  • College of Engineering CPT Instructions
     CPT extensions:

    • If the new requested end date is prior to the start of the next academic quarter, ask your academic adviser to email uwiss@uw.edu to request the extended CPT end date. Your academic adviser should copy you on the email request so you know ISS received the request.
    • If the new requested end date overlaps with the next academic quarter, you must submit a new online CPT application.

General CPT Instructions

Step 1

Review the CPT general information and all application instructions. Consult your academic department adviser to see if your department offers academic credit for internship or work experience. CPT authorization is job specific so you must have a job offer before you can apply for CPT. However, you should understand the CPT eligibility requirements and process before you start looking for a job so you know what kinds of jobs you’re eligible for and what to expect in the application process.

Step 2

Find a job. Research your academic department job resources, consult your faculty adviser, visit the Career & Internship Center, and review Husky Jobs. When you interview for a job, if the employer asks about work authorization, explain that you will coordinate work authorization with your ISS office.

Step 3

Contact your department adviser to discuss academic credit and your proposed employment. Your “department adviser” should be your academic adviser or your graduate program coordinator.

Discuss what kind of credit you can earn for your proposed work experience (such as internship credit, independent study credit, co-op credit, etc.). Though your academic department might not require you to register for credit for an optional internship/training experience, ISS requires the credit in order to authorize CPT. If internship/work experience is  required for all students in your degree program, ISS does not require you to earn credit for the work.

Provide your department adviser with the necessary information for completing the adviser section of the online CPT application. The CPT application is a two-part online application: one section is completed by you, the student, and the other is completed by your department adviser. Notify your department adviser to expect an email invitation to complete the adviser section of your online CPT application. Your department adviser will need to know the following information about your proposed employment and academic program:

  • Expected graduation quarter/year
  • Course number of credit you will earn for CPT (unless the work is required for all students in your degree program)
  • Number of credits you will earn per quarter of CPT authorization
  • Which quarters you will register for CPT-related credit (Example: if your proposed employment is from January 20 to April 15, you must earn CPT-related credit in winter and spring quarters.) (Vacation quarters: if you will apply for CPT during your annual vacation quarter, it may be possible to defer your CPT credit to the immediate following quarter; consult your department adviser)
  • Brief description of proposed work experience and how it relates to your major/field of study
  • Name of your employer
  • Employer’s (work site) address: street address, city, state, and zip code

Step 4

The CPT application is a two-part online application: one section is completed by you, the student, and the other is completed by the department adviser with whom you discussed your academic credit and employment information. Be sure your department adviser has the necessary information described in Step 3 to complete the adviser section of the application.

Complete the student section of the online CPT application.

After you submit the student section, the application will be routed to your department adviser, who will complete the department adviser section and submit the application to ISS. The application system sends you a confirmation email when your adviser completes their section. If you do not receive this email, follow up with your department/academic adviser!

ISS requests 7-10 business days for processing an application.

Step 5

If you qualify for CPT, your ISS adviser will issue you a new Form I-20 endorsed on page 2 with details of your CPT employment. This processing takes three-to-five business days. You will receive an email from either your ISS adviser or the ISS office (uwiss@uw.edu) when your new I-20 with CPT authorization is ready to pick up. Do not begin working until (a) the date listed on page 2 of your new Form 1-20 AND (b) you have received your I-20 endorsed for CPT.

Be careful to comply with the restrictions on your employment as stipulated in the endorsement. Your endorsed I-20, together with your passport and I-94 record, is evidence of your eligibility to work and may be used to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 that all U.S. employers are required to complete.

If anything changes—if you leave the job, if the dates change, etc.—send an email to your primary ISS adviser immediately. If you receive a new training opportunity with a new employer/organization, you must submit a new, separate CPT application.

College of Engineering

Step 1

Review the CPT general information and all application instructions. CPT authorization is job specific so you must have a job offer before you can apply for CPT. However, you should understand the CPT eligibility requirements and process before you start looking for a job so you know what kinds of jobs you’re eligible for and what to expect in the application process.

Step 2

Find a job. Research your academic department job resources, consult your faculty adviser, consult the Career Center @ Engineering, and review Husky Jobs. When you interview for a job, if the employer asks about work authorization, explain that you will coordinate work authorization with your ISS office.

Step 3

Fill out the College of Engineering registration form. This will begin your registration process for your course.  In this form, you must complete all information about your internship location and duties with as much detail as possible.

Engineering Internship Credit Registration Dates 2017-2018

Quarter Registration Opens Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Fall 2017  September 1, 2017  October 3, 2017  October 17, 2017
Winter 2018  November 3, 2017  January 10, 2018  January 23, 2018
Spring 2018  February 9, 2017  April 2, 2018  April 16, 2018
Summer 2018  April 17, 2017  June 25, 2018  July 8, 2018

Step 4

Complete your CPT application.  It is a two-part online application: one section is completed by you, the student, and the other is completed by a “department adviser.” Shannel Amaraweera, CC@E Career Coach, is the “department adviser” for your CPT application.

Complete the student section of the online CPT application.

After you submit the student section, the application will be routed to Shannel Amaraweera, CC@E Career Coach, who will complete the “department adviser” section of the online CPT application and submit the application to ISS.

The CPT application system sends you a confirmation email when the “department adviser” completes their section. If you do not receive this email, follow up with your department adviser!

After you receive your confirmation email that ISS received your completed CPT application, ISS requests 7 – 10 business days for processing.

Step 5

If you qualify for CPT, your ISS adviser will issue you a new Form I-20 endorsed on page 2 with details of your CPT employment. ISS processing takes 7-10 business days. You will receive an email from either your ISS adviser or the ISS office (uwiss@uw.edu) when your new I-20 with CPT authorization is ready to pick up. Do not begin working until (a) the date listed on page 2 of your new Form 1-20 AND (b) you have received your I-20 endorsed for CPT.

Be careful to comply with the restrictions on your employment as stipulated in the endorsement. Your endorsed I-20, together with your passport and I-94 record, is evidence of your eligibility to work and may be used to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 that all U.S. employers are required to complete.

If anything changes—if you leave the job, if the dates change, etc.—send an email to your primary ISS adviser immediately. If you receive a new training opportunity with a new employer/organization, you must submit a new, separate CPT application.