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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can the candidates work for 2 years under university authorization? Click here for complete information.

2. Can our company retain candidates for longer than 2 years? Yes, employment may continue in either, or both, of the following two ways beyond the initial two years:

  • MSCS candidates initially are eligible for up to 2 years of CPT employment. After this 2-year period, candidates in good standing academically may take an academic specialization that would extend CPT by approximately 12 months.
  • Your company can begin the process of applying for an H-1B work visa for the employee after the first or second year of CPT work under university authorization. This could enable the employee to work in the U.S. for an additional 6 years (3-year H-1B visa plus a 3-year extension). If the employee first graduates and then takes the Post Graduate Certificate (see point 1 above), the H-1B application could qualify for the Masters degree quota.

3. How much processing time before a candidate can start working? All processing is handled by the university and is completed within 2-3 days.

4. What are our candidate's qualifications?

  • Have prior IT employment experience (candidates are given proficiency tests in their area of expertise)
  • Working toward their MS degree in Computer Science
  • BS degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Proficiency in English
  • Gain knowledge rapidly and work effectively as a team member and individually

5. Can we contact candidates directly? Yes, you can contact and hire all candidates directly.

6. Do you really charge no fees of any kind? As a nonprofit university-funded service organization, we charge no fees to employers or candidates.

7. Are the candidates willing to relocate? Yes, on very short notice.

8. Which companies have hired your candidates? Please visit for information about over 1,000 organizations that have hired our candidates.

9. What is the difference between CPT (Curricular Practical Training) and OPT (Optional Practical Training)? CPT employment is authorized while a student is completing degree coursework. In our MSCS program, full-time CPT employment may be for 2-3 years. OPT is issued for an F-1 student visa holder after completing all coursework in the MSCS program. The initial length of OPT is 12 months. Additionally, a 24-month STEM OPT extension is available for STEM degrees (such as Computer Science). About 70% of our F-1 MSCS students change from CPT to OPT after 12 months of CPT. This results in a total of 4 years of employment from our university's sponsorship (1 year under CPT and 3 years under OPT). See details at:

10. Comparison of F-1/CPT and H-1B Visa F-1/CPT H-1B Visa
Time required to obtain work authorization? 2-3 days 6 months
Must employer sponsor visa? No Yes
Visa costs incurred by employer? $0 ~$4,500
Payroll tax savings? (F-1 visa is exempt from FICA) Save $300-500/month No savings

Contact Information
Email Phone
Brett Anderson 641-472-1210
Peter Vonderheide 641-470-1348
Jim Garrett 641-472-1214
General inquiries 641-472-7000 Ext. 2448

Mailing Address
Computer Professionals Career Center
Dept. of Computer Science
Maharishi International University
1000 North 4th St.
Fairfield, IA 52557

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