Employment of fewer than 20 hours per week while you also are enrolled full-time for classes is considered “part-time” curricular practical training. You must be careful to limit your work to no more than 20 hours per week. Participation in part-time CPT does not affect your eligibility for optional practical training. Thus, there is no limitation on the length of time in which you may participate in part-time curricular practical training. Part-time CPT is allowed during the fall and spring semesters and during summer vacation.
Employment for more than 20 hours per week is considered “full-time” curricular practical training. There is no limitation on the length of time in which you may participate in full-time CPT, but if you participate for 12 months or more, you will not be eligible for optional practical training. Full-time CPT is allowed only during summer vacation or after you have completed all course requirements and you are at your thesis or dissertation stage (only possible for graduate students).
In general, F-1 students who have been in the U.S. less than five years are exempt from paying Social Security (F.I.C.A) taxes. Your earnings, however, are subject to federal, state and local income taxes. Students must file a tax return on or before April 15 of each year to determine if any withheld taxes can be refunded.
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