Practical Training Seminars and Processing Schedules

Practical Training (PT) Seminars:

Fall 2022

PT Seminars will be held the first and third Wednesdays and second Friday of every month as noted in the schedule below.

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) begins at 3:00 p.m.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) begins at 3:45 p.m.

NOTE: During the spring semester, we ordinarily hold PT Seminars outside the Center for International Services to accommodate the increased number of applicants.

Fall 2022 PT Seminars Schedule

In-person seminars will take place as follows:

DateCurricular Practical
Training Time
Optional Practical
Training Time
Location
Wednesday,
Sept. 7
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Friday,
Sept. 9
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Sept. 21
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Oct. 5
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Friday,
Oct. 14
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Oct. 19
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Nov. 2
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Friday,
Nov. 11
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Nov. 16
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Dec. 7
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Friday,
Dec. 9
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place
Wednesday,
Dec. 21
3 p.m.3:45 p.m.Center for International Services,
310 Walnut Place

Processing Schedule

You may have your CPT or OPT application processed:

In person at the Center for International Services, 310 Walnut Place

  • Mondays, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9:00 a.m to 11:00 a.m.

NOTE: During the spring semester (February through April), we ordinarily increase processing to four days per week to accommodate the increased number of applicants.

By email to international@syr.edu

  • Attach all the required documents to an email to international@syr.edu.
  • Processing by email will take 3-5 business days. 
  • I-20s with the CPT authorization or OPT recommendation will be sent to you as an attachment to an email for you to print out and use.
  • If you want a hardcopy I-20 to be sent to you, on the Practical Training Data Sheet, select your mailing preference for the return of the I-20 recommending OPT or authorizing CPT. You must set up and pay for express mailing through the University Express Mailing Services (UEMS) at the time you email your CPT or OPT application.

Please note: CPT and OPT are benefits of F-1 status. You must be in the U.S. in F-1 status to apply for CPT or OPT. You cannot apply for CPT or OPT from outside the U.S.