On the other hand, smaller or less well-established schools that do not have clear protocols in place for CPT authorization may require that a new agreement be signed with each potential employer of the CPT by the employer`s representative and a DSO. If it is impossible or in practice to require a signed agreement, it may be advisable to obtain a letter from the potential employer outlining the employment opportunities and their willingness to respect the student`s F-1 authorization by the school`s DSO. On January 29, 2015, the Student Visit and Exchange Program (SEVP) issued a message to all SEVP-certified schools, entitled Post-Secondary F-1 Student Employment Reminders. In its communication, the SEVP reminds all designated school officials (DSOs) of the requirements for F-1 employment authorization, including the need for a cooperation agreement signed between the school/university and the future practical training employer (CPT). The cooperation agreement serves as a recognition to the employer that it understands the rules and regulations required by an F1 student participating in the CPT and that it has verified that the possibility of training is directly related to the student`s curriculum. CPT applications MUST contain the following documents. Applications submitted in the absence of these requirements are rejected. If a student has to submit again, the treatment application is cut again in the Cuton and not accelerated. CPT Application Concluded – Signed Cooperation Agreement – Letter of Offer on Corporate Letterhead dated in the last six months.
Letters of offer must also include an employer signature. Description of the job on the company letterhead For compliance with the above regulation, a cooperation agreement signed by all employers is required. If the employer does not sign the document, the student should look for another CPT option. Students who change CPT employers must submit a first application for CPT (www.ucumberlands.edu/student-life/international-students/cpt-opt/cpt) and download a cooperation agreement, offer and job description for their potential new employer. A cooperation contract, a signed letter of offer, is dated in the last six months and a job description is still required for CPT authorization, even if the student is still applying with the same employer. The SEVP does not specify exactly what type of documentation is considered sufficient to be considered a “cooperation agreement” … Formally approved by the school. However, the SEVP website states that a student must have a “signed cooperation agreement or a letter [from his employer] to be admitted to CPT.” It appears that the “cooperative agreement” requirement can be met by a letter from the student`s employer, in addition to an agreement actually signed between the school and the employer that offers the CPT student. In completing this renewal form, the student and his or her practical director acknowledge that this is a continuation of a collaborative practical training agreement with the University of Cumberlands. Many schools with well-established internal procedures can already meet the “cooperation agreement” requirement, even if it does not identify them in this way. For example, schools may meet requirements for F-1 students to be enrolled in co-op training placements or to be enrolled in career centres in their respective programs to obtain CTPs.