If they meet all the criteria, two kinds of visas can be
requested: Curricular Practical Training and employment based
on economic hardship.
Applicants who want to obtain CPT need to set up an appointment
with an adviser to talk about details such as employer information
and jobs. At the same time, they must bring their valid passport
with I-94 form and I-20 issued by HPU. The authorization will
be noted once all the information is identified clearly by the
adviser. The applicants need to register for the credit and then
return to CSC to submit the I-20 with the registration. It takes
about seven to 10 days to process.
CPT gives F-1 status students an opportunity to gain work experience
outside school. The title of the job has to be relevant to their
major field of study at HPU. The visa allows paid and nonpaid
types of jobs, usually for cooperative education or internship
programs. According to the employment authorization guide, employment
is limited to 20 hours a week in a regular semester; however,
the students are allowed to work full time during summer and
Applicants who want to obtain employment based on economic hardship
go through the same process. The major difference is that an
economic hardship visa authorization requires a filing fee (the
amount varies), and the process takes longer, about three to
four months. Obviously, it’s more complicated than CPT,
but the visa is valid for one year and the student can work in
any kind of field that satisfies his or her financial needs.
Employment based on economic hardship is for the students who
are in need of financial support by working in the U.S. They
must demonstrate their economic hardship in documents attached
with an essay. In addition, some recommendation letters are required.