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What is the difference between Internship and OPT?
Which is better for a job opportunity?
Is it wise to undergo internship in India and join MS during spring?
Does it make any difference if we join MS during spring or fall?
- OPT is a 1 year work permit given to students after completing graduate degree program in the United States.
- You have to find a job within 90 days of that 1 year period after graduation, or else you become out of status.
- If your employer is enrolled in the eVerify program, you can get up to 29 months of OPT.
- You have to apply for H-1B visa while in OPT.
- To work as an intern in F-1 Visa, you will need to get an internship
- Your college then has to issue a CPT (Curriculum Practical Training)
- CPT is a work authorization that will allow you to do internship.
- CPT can be issued for 1 semester up to 364 Days (rules vary among universities)
- If you have 365 days of CPT, you may not be able to get an OPT.
So an OPT and a CPT are similar in the way they both allows you to work legally in the U.S. You will need a CPT to work as an intern before graduation, you will need an OPT to work after completing a degree.
In some cases, you will get a Pre-Completion OPT that will allow you to work legally before graduation, in instances when you have consumed the entire duration of your CPT period.
U.S. universities will allow international students to do internship only after completing at least 2 semesters (varies among schools) or after completing a certain number of credits.
Search in the blog for “Spring vs Fall”, which are among the many articles that have been published on the same topic.