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|CPT requires a job offer||VS||OPT does not require a job offer.|
|CPT may require enrollment in a special class in which on-the-job training is required and for which course credit is received. If you will not be enrolled in a class, your academic advisor must recommend the CPT and explain (in writing) its relevance to your major.||VS||OPT does not require you to enroll in any class.|
|CPT is authorized for a specific employer for work related to the studentís field of studies.||VS||OPT allows work with ANY employer based on studentís field of studies.|
|Employment authorization based on CPT is granted on the I-20.||VS||Employment authorization based on OPT is called the EAD (Employment Authorization Document).|
|CPT may only be issued for work prior to graduation, and prior to completion of course units required for degree.||VS||OPT allows for employment both prior to and after graduation.|
|CPT does not affect OPT as long as the CPT issued does not exceed 12 fulltime months. Part-time (20 hours or less) CPT is never accumulated or deducted from OPT.||VS||Part time (pre-completion) OPT (20 hours or less) is deducted at half-time rate, but full-time OPT (over 20 hours a week) is deducted at full-time rate from the 12 months of OPT. (NOTE: if you received 6 full-time months of OPT prior to graduating, you will have 6 months left upon graduation.)|