Student Visas

Because all LACM Online programs require campus visitation, students enrolling in LACM Online’s Diploma or Associate of Arts programs are eligible for F-1 student status. Students enrolling in LACM Online’s Diploma program are federally mandated for M-1 student status. The visa process for both student visa types are the same and are as follows.

After receiving the school acceptance packet, international students must:

  • Make the first quarter tuition payment in full.
  • Submit a clear scan or copy of their passport and must be valid for at least six months beyond their stay in the US.
  • Submit an official financial statement showing they and/or a sponsor(s) have sufficient funds set aside for the required visitation of the LACM campus that is required for each program.
  • Provisional admission to LACM Online applies until all requirements have been met.

International Student Fees

I-20 Preparation Fee: $100.00

I-20 Additional Post & Administration Fee: $85.00


Once the requirements have been satisfied, the International Student Services Office will validate the documents and issue the student their I-20 form. The Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 or M-1 Student Status) will only be issued via mail (UPS) once all the required documents are received by the LACM Online International Student Services Office. The I-20 form must be submitted 8 weeks prior to the campus visit. Once the Form I-20 is received, the student must pay a mandatory, one-time SEVIS I-901 Fee online at The student will need to print a copy of the SEVIS fee payment receipt and bring it to the visa interview appointment when entering the United States. For more information regarding visa application requirements and to schedule a visa interview, please visit Students are strongly encouraged to begin the visa process as soon as possible and stay in touch with the International Student Services Office because delays are anticipated. For more information regarding student visas, Optional Practical Training, or other inquiries please contact the LACM International Student Services Office:

Maintaining Student Status

International students, holding an F-1 or M-1 Student Visa, must comply with all immigration rules and regulations. Failure to comply will place the student out-of-status. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain lawful student status at all times.

To maintain your student status, you must: register in a timely manner, maintain fully enrolled status (6 credits minimum) per quarter, report any changes in a timely manner, keep all immigration documents valid and current and never work without prior authorization.

International Students & Health Insurance

Neither LACM Online nor the U.S. Government require international students to purchase health insurance. If students wish to purchase a health insurance policy that will cover them during their studies at LACM Online (which requires on campus visits), they may do so independently.