Q & A about Visa Requirement
- What kinds of jobs are available for international students?
- As international students, if you want to find a full-time job, you could only find companies that would sponsor you to work legally in USA. However, for internship opportunities, there are many companies that accepting OPT or CPT. Usually when you apply for a full-time job or part-time job, the company would ask you whether you have "U.S. Work Authorization" and whether you need "Sponsorship".
- What is OPT/CPT?
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that allows international students with an F-1 visa to have practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships temporarily. You should know that CPT must be completed before graduation.
- Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa in the United States to work up to 12 months in relation to their major of study. F-1 visa students are eligible for OPT after completing their first academic year. OPT can be completed both before or after completing your studies, but it’s important to remember that you are only allowed to work 12 months total.
- How can I apply for OPT/CPT?
- As international students in UW-Madison, if you accepted an internship offer from companies that require you to get OPT/CPT, please get prepared for your OPT/CPT application as soon as possible. For the application process, you could find more information at ISS (International Student Service) or click here!
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