Nashville Film Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students IN THE M-1 NON-IMMIGRANT CATEGORY

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International students seeking admission to NFI are required to complete the same admission requirements as all other applicants to the Institute. Additionally, there are specific requirements for international students. Applicants seeking to enroll in valid M-1 (Vocational Student Nonimmigrant Alien) status must complete / submit each of the following items:

  • A Video Interview with Campus Director, Program Director , and Faculty member or designee. 
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Agreement. 
  • Original or official copies of all educational transcripts (secondary school and, if applicable, post-secondary 19 academic records) and diplomas. Educational transcripts and diplomas must be prepared in English or include a complete and official English translation. Official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials must be included, if applicable. An official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials must be provided by a member credential evaluator of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (See: All educational documents, including credential evaluation results, must be sent directly to NFI by the source (i.e. directly from the secondary or post-secondary school or by the credential evaluator). 
  • Proof of English language proficiency as evidenced by one of the following (see exception below ):
    • Completion of K-12 and graduation from an educational system where English is the   language of instruction.
    • Completion of post-secondary education (i.e. degree earned) where English is the language of instruction.
    • Completion of English 101 and 102 in a US postsecondary school, with a minimum grade of C.
    • Submission of a TOEFL Score; minimum TOEFL score required is 500 (paper version) , 61 (Internet Based version) or 173 (computer based).. 

Free practice tests are available at No other alternative equivalents will be accepted. 

Applicants to NFI from the following English-speaking foreign countries do not need to demonstrate English language proficiency: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Jamaica, Norway, United Kingdom, Bahamas, Belize, Fiji, India, New Zealand, St. Lucia, US Virgin Islands, Barbados, Canada, Finland, Ireland, Nigeria, Sweden, or South Africa.

  • A completed and signed Sponsor’s Statement of Financial Support (This statement is not required if the student is self-sponsored). 
  • Official Financial Statements. Financial statements (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses. The total cost of the program is US $21,900 and the expected cost of living is US $20,000 for nine months. 
  • A US $100 non-refundable application fee, See: to make payment. 
  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birthdate and citizenship (Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate). 
  • For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application:  a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport 
  • For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in F, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of nonimmigrant status at previous school attended before intending to transfer to NFI and completed “change of status”. If a student in F, M or J status wished to transfer into the institution, that student would have to first be accepted by the institution before a change of status application could be initiated by the institution prior to enrollment. Student has to complete the process to extend / change Nonimmigrant status
  • Proof of Health Insurance. Students who do not possess health insurance upon applying to NFI must be prepared to purchase health insurance upon commencement of studies.

If accepted, an offer of admission will be extended. The offer of acceptance must be accepted, in writing, and returned to NFI with an enrollment deposit of US $2,000.00, which is applied towards the student’s first module’s tuition. If the student is later unable to enroll, this money is refundable; however, a $100 administrative fee is excluded from the refund. 

Once an offer of admission is accepted for enrollment, the student will be registered for the  Student and Exchange Visitor Information System SEVIS.

  • Student must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee
  • School will issue student a Form I-20 MN Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status – For Vocational Students, 
  •  ( the original signed I-20 will be sent by courier to the students registered address overseas )
  • Students must schedule an interview with the local US Embassy or Consulate for a student M1 visa.
  • Students must take all required documentation to the interview including I-20



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