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CPT while transferring between schools? TAGS: Immigration, work permit, student visa, f-1 visa

San Diego, CA |

I'm in a PhD program in a school A and going to transfer to school B. I want to do an internship in between. My current school(A)'s summer is from June to September which is when I want to do my internship. School B's semester starts in August.

I plan to get CPT from school A and in the middle of summer ask school A to transfer my SEVIS (I20) file to school B but go to school B in October.

Are there any issues with this plan?

In short: Is it ok to transfer between schools while on CPT?

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Attorney answers 3


Not OK as far as I am concerned, but these are questions to ask your school's DSO or foreign student advisor, as they are familiar with these types of scenarios the best; we are not.

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You have a free resource in your school - the DSO. Ask the DSO. Use the resource, instead of asking complete strangers on AVVO a question that clearly falls within the DSO's scope of concern.

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Have you tried to speak to your school's DSO? They are usually a great resource to answer these types of questions.

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Honestly, this is complicated. Just called DSO of school B. He was not sure! and told me he'll get back to me after he does some research.