Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that some F-1 students participate in when their course of study requires an internship, externship, or other hands-on work experience as part of the coursework. When an F-1 student who is working on CPT submits an H-1B petition requesting a change of status, USCIS will often issue a request for evidence (RFE) asking for additional documentation to show that the F-1 student was properly maintaining status while working on CPT. If you are an F-1 student working on CPT and you have submitted or will soon submit an H-1B cap petition, it’s a good idea to start preparing the documentation that USCIS will likely request now. This documentation can include, but is not limited to the following types of evidence:
It can be time-consuming to gather this documentation, but by having at least some of it ready ahead of time, you can reduce the stress of finalizing your RFE response.
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