The latest guidance does not fundamentally impact CPT/OPT regulations for students who are within the U.S. Students who are in the U.S. can learn about CPT here, and about OPT here. Even though the basic regulations remain the same, some aspects of the application processes for CPT/OPT might be diferent from previous years due to Covid-19. For example, e-signed CPT/OPT I-20s will be issued electronically and the ISSO will offer CPT/OPT workshops and OPT Reviews virtually -- these and other ISSO operating adaptations are designed to keep everyone safe.
Continuing students taking a full-time courseload for Fall 2021, whether inside the U.S. or outside, will accrue one semester towards CPT/OPT eligibility.
Lastly, continuing students who are outside the U.S. and who are completing their final semester will face a complex situation when it comes to applying for OPT in particular. Namely, current USCIS guidance does not allow students to apply for OPT from outside the U.S. Because of this, a student who plans to graduate and apply for OPT would need to enter the U.S. mid-semester in order to apply. This type of mid-semester entry is riskier than a normal re-entry, and is up to the discretion of CBP.