Digging Deeper:

mandated training in graduate programs



Students may start work in a CPT program immediately following enrollment in a graduate program such as social work, counseling and nursing, when training is mandatory or necessary to obtain the degree.54 Graduate F-1 students may work for up to twelve months, and still be allowed to enroll in subsequent employment. Mandatory CPT programs may not exceed the duration of the course of study.55 If more than 12 months is spent in CPT, the student will not be eligible for subsequent employment.