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International Students

International Students Are Welcome at LAVI

L.A.V.I is approved by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) TO OFFER I-20 Visas.

The process for obtaining a M-1 Student Visa begins with the prospective student submitting the admissions application (please click here to download the admissions application) along with the $200.00 non-refundable registration and proof of financial documentation to LA Vocational Institute in Los Angeles, California.

Once we determine that a prospective student’s qualifications meet all standards for admission and we accept the application in full course study, we will then issue the student a certificate of eligibility (I-20). The I-20 is then taken by you to your local American Consulate in your Country for use in supporting the M-1 Visa application.

The ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) policy for M-1 visas, require a fee of $100.00 to receive (SEVIS I-901 form). You can pay this fee at: This payment will have to be made before you attend your interview with the US Consulate.
A receipt will be sent to you by mail to the address that you indicate on your application. For those that pay the SEVIS fee on-line, a payment confirmation can be printed out immediately after the payment is made, and used as a receipt until the mailed receipt is received. Applicants are strongly encouraged to bring a SEVIS fee payment receipt with them to the visa interview. Having a receipt for the SEVIS fee payment will facilitate the visa application process. However, if you are unable to print a receipt from an on-line payment and/or do not receive your mailed receipt in time for your visa interview you can still go to your interview as long as your fee has been processed by DHS (Department of Homeland Security).

For more detailed information on the fee payment process, go to the SEVIS website at

For questions, please contact our admissions department at or call (213)-480-4882

For more information on how to become a LAVI international student
Click here to open the international student booklet