Talking With Your Employer About OPT / CPT / H1B. Does it matter what a job is called? OPT or CPT—which? Things to talk about with your potential employer. What Do You Call It?. Internship Co-op Full-time job Temporary employment Apprenticeship Etc.
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Does it matter what a job is called?
OPT or CPT—which?
Things to talk about with your potential employer
Depending on your situation and your employer’s plans for you, any of these can be either CPT or OPT.
Have you already used 364 days of CPT?
Are you a graduate student or an undergraduate?
Have you completed your degree?
Is the STEM extension important to you?
Do you need the co-op credits to graduate?
Does your employer plan to sponsor a petition for an H1-B for you?
Yes, you are eligible to accept employment in the US. (Most employers will ask. Know the right answer!)
CPT means you have to come back to Tech to finish – a course, a defense, something. Let your employer know what you have to do to finish.
While the average time it takes for the EAD to arrive is predictable, some cards take longer; you may not work until the card is in hand. Can your employer wait?
Is the employer registered with E-Verify (so that you can apply for a STEM extension)?
Be sure to take one of my cards with you. You are more than welcome to ask your employer to call me if s/he has questions about OPT or CPT regulations.