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UCM International Students Invited to Nov. 17 Presentation on CPT and OPT Work Programs

By Janice Phelan, October 29, 2021

UCM International Student Organization

University of Central Missouri international students are invited to a Nov. 17 presentation designed to help them navigate the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) work programs. The presentation will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at UCM’s Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit with an online presentation also available.


Through the Curricular Practical Training and Optional Practical Training programs, international students attending a US higher-education institution are authorized to work in the United States for a defined period of time. This authorization comes from the US Citizen and Immigration Services and requires a comprehensive application process.


At the Nov. 17 event, Kiran Chelluri, owner of Chelsoft Solutions Company, and Joey McMullen, also from Chelsoft, will discuss the application process, how to find employers willing to hire international students under the CPT and OPT programs and how to determine if the company is reputable. Students will also receive tips on resume writing, networking and interviewing.


Currently, the University of Central Missouri includes approximately 1,450 international students in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university will be recognizing these students and their contribution to UCM during International Education Week, Nov. 15-19.


Due to COVID protocols, the in-person presentation is limited to 80 attendees with additional students able to participate via Zoom. Registration for the event is required by emailing UCM’s International Student Services Office at 


Students wanting more information about this event or the CPT and OPT processes may also contact Becky Leevey, UCM International Student Advisor, at 


Chelsoft Solutions focuses on connecting companies with exceptional IT talents and technology solutions by finding the best candidates for these roles and putting them in a place to succeed personally and professionally. Chelsoft, located in Olathe, Kan., has provided these services for customers and employees for over 10 years and continues to grow during these ever changing times. Chelsoft is an employer that will sponsor visas, as the company works with CPT, OPT, H4, H-1B, Green Card and citizens.  


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