I am currently working on a CPT, but I heard that the USCIS released a memo saying that students should not work on CPT. Is this true?

Answer

There is nothing inherently wrong with CPT, as long as it complies with the regulations. The USCIS does apply a great deal of scrutiny if the individual has been maintaining F-1 status based on CPT. The most frequent CPT abuses seem to occur with day-1 CPT programs. Therefore, it is wise to confirm with a knowledgeable immigration attorney about your particular school’s program before deciding to proceed. The Murthy Law Firm has published several articles on MurthyDotCom and recorded teleconferences on this topic. Use the “search” feature on the website to find many useful resources further related to your question. (04.Jun.2018)

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