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 $100 non-refundable I-20 processing fee (in addition to the $100 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.
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.