International Applicants

Cinema Makeup School is proud to welcome students from all over the world. CMS is authorized under US federal law to issue I-20 forms for students with M-1 student visas. The I-20 documentation provided by CMS is only valid for student visas and does not authorize the student for external work experience. The I-20 form will only be valid for the time period in which the student is enrolled and attending classes at CMS. Refer to the Student Visa page of this website for a description of the process of completing an I-20 form.


An M-1 visa is an educational visa issued to students who wish to enter the United States in order to attend a vocational or technical school. The M-1 visas are issued for the duration of the student’s program at CMS and are only valid for a maximum of 30 days after the student completes his or her program.

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Upon entering the United States, the student will need to furnish both their passport and I-20 documentation with the appropriate stamps to U.S. Customs. The Customs officer will issue the student an I-94 card, stapled to a page of their passport. This card must remain in the passport while the student is in the United States. After clearing customs, the student must report to CMS no more than 10 days after arrival or he or she will risk having potential problems with their visa status.


The flexibility of the M-1 visa in terms of transfers and extensions is very limited. Students that wish to transfer to another institution while studying on an M-1 visa may only do so if the new school also offers SEVIS-authorized M-1 programs. Students may only transfer to institutions that offer a similar course of study. Students wishing to extend or shorten the training period of their M-1 visa should work with CMS admissions representatives. A new I-20 will have to be issued and processed if any change to the student’s program are made.


The transferability of credits you earn at CMS is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the diploma or certificate you earn at CMS is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at CMS are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at CMS will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending CMS to detertmine if your credits will transfer.