I am an international student with F1 visa. I was recently accepted for a summer research opportunity REU for coming summer. The work is strictly academic how ever it is not a mandatory to earn a degree I am perusing. I know that there are some ways I can work in such works. My question what are the legal document requirement as abide by US Law. Can I use this research as my CPT? I was suggested to apply for OPT . However, If I do so I will loose the equivalent duration of OPT that I can get after graduation.
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