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International Students


*** Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is proud of the International character of its student body and welcomes students from other nations ***

Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is authorized by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) forms. The School accepts M-1 visas for those students wishing to attend our Institution.

Applicants are encouraged to apply and submit applications for Admissions at least 60 days prior to the start of a program. International students are asked to furnish proof that they can read, write and speak English fluently.

All international students must be fluent in English before they enroll and must be able to demonstrate the following;

  1. Successful completion of a secondary school program that is equivalent to high school in the United States. (Official records must be evaluated by the hi-demo’s designated Educational evaluator service attesting that completion is equivalent to secondary school completed in the United States.)
  2. Certification of financial ability to meet tuition and other necessary expenses or ability to qualify for financial aid as an eligible non-citizen.
  3. For Applicants whose primary language is Spanish, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is proud to offer the Cosmetology program in Spanish

International Student Application process

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students.
All students interested in studying with Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers will need to apply for the M-1 Visa. In support of your application for an M-1 Visa, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is authorized to issue a Form I-20. The following are steps that you must follow in order to successfully enter into the United States to begin studies with Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers.

Step 1: Apply to Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers.
After you speak with an International Admissions Representative and decide on the program you want to enroll in, you will fill out the application and submit the necessary documentation to process your Form I-20.

Step 2: Obtain the Form I-20 from Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers
Once your application is complete, Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers will issue the initial attendance I-20 through SEVIS. The I-20 will be mailed to your international home address.

Step 3: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee
The Department of Homeland Security has implemented a $200.00 SEVIS I-901 Fee. Please be advised that Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers is not involved in the administration of this fee. It is your responsibility to make this fee payment directly to SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). For more information regarding this fee, you may visit https://www.fjmfee.com.

Step 4: Apply for an M-1 Visa at the US Embassy/Consulate
After you receive your I-20 and pay the SEVIS fee, you will need to visit the US Embassy/Consulate in your home country to obtain the M-1 Visa.

Step 5: Arrive in the US through the Port of Entry.
Upon arrival in the US, you will need to be approved entry into the United States through the Port of Entry. To be approved, you must possess a valid M-1 Visa, Form I-20 and passport.

Step 6: Begin training at Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers.
Once you have arrived in the United States, you will check into the hi-demo you will be attending, go through
orientation and begin your studies.

*Please note: International Student applicants fall into three categories:

  • International Students – students who currently reside outside the United States
  • Change of Status Students – prospective students who are currently in the United States on a visa type other than an M-1 Student Visa
  • Transfer Students – students studying at another school on an M-1 visa who wish to transfer to Hollywood Institute of Beauty Careers

*The application process, as outlined above, will be slightly different if you are a Change of Status or Transfer student. For further information on the M-1 Student Visa, please visit: www.ice.gov/sevis
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website: www.uscis.gov
The U.S. Department of State website www.state.gov