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Cinema Makeup School is located at the historic Wiltern Theater Building at 3780 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 202, Los Angeles, CA 90010.

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M-1 Visa

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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Entry to the U.S.

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.

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Transfers and Extensions

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 is made.

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Notice Concerning the Transferability of Credits Earned at CMS

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 determine if your credits will transfer.

Student Visa
(SEVIS / I-20)

In order to apply for I-20 documentation from CMS, international students must complete an international registration form either online, over the phone, or through the mail. They must also each provide a completed I-20 application, a $210 non-refundable I-20 processing fee (in addition to the $200 non-refundable class registration fee) and proof of financial support. Cinema Makeup School also requires proof of completion or secondary education (the equivalent of a high school diploma). Upon receiving this documentation, CMS will issue the student an acceptance letter and I-20 form. Once the student has received their I-20 paperwork and financial documentation, he or she will have to pay a $350 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) visa processing fee online.

The policies regarding visa issuance may vary by country and each student should be sure to check with his or her embassy regarding what paperwork and documentation is required. All U.S. embassies and consulates will require the student to prove that he/she has sufficient funds to cover the cost of the program and living expenses prior to issuing a student visa. The student must either provide documentation of these funds or written proof that he/she will receive financial support for the duration of the program. your enrollment!

Once the student has gathered his/her registration letter, I-20 form and SEVIS I-901 fee, the documentation should be brought to a U.S. embassy for processing after an appointment is made. The time frame required to receive a visa may vary, but CMS recommends allowing at least 2 or 3 months before the program start date. Once a visa is issued, the student should have their I-20 documents and passport stamped and returned. The student should then contact CMS via phone or email and let them know they are ready to begin their program.

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Get in Touch

To access our campus, enter through the Wiltern Building Offices entrance located on Wilshire Boulevard between the Wiltern Theater entrance and the AT&T store. Our entrance is on the second floor, Suite 202, directly across from the elevators or to your immediate left from the stairwell.

Please note: do not use the entrance below the Cinema Makeup School sign on Western Avenue as this is the entrance to our Makeup Store.

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