8 C.F.R §214.3(j) Florida Flyers is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.
Non-US citizens receiving training in the United States generally need a student visa. Given events of the recent past, flight training is monitored especially closely.
The purpose of your visit to the United States determines what visa you will need. If you are traveling to the United States solely for flight training, you are considered a student, and you will need a student visa.
Please contact the US embassy in your home country, your local US consulate, or the Department of State to determine what kind of visa you will need for your trip.
Begin planning for your arrival and stay in Florida well in advance. Some U.S. embassies have wait times of a couple of weeks to apply for a visa interview.
The visa requirements sound a lot worse than they actually are.
A Student Visa (M1) is required for the following flight training programs:
1. Private Pilot License (PPL) training (full training program)
2. Instrument Rating (full training program)
3. Commercial Pilot License (CPL)(full training program)
4. Multi-Engine Rating (full training program)
5. If you are enrolled in a FAR Part 141 course
6. Simulator training and type ratings
You may not need a student visa for the following:
1. License conversion/Standalone U.S. PPL
(US PPL based on your foreign license and flight experience)
2. License validation (Intn'l Customers) License validation (U.S. restricted License foreign based)
3. A flying vacation, even if your flight instructor is also aboard
5. Checkout with flight instructor
6. Acquisition of an endorsement such as High Performance
But don’t worry--the visa application process is simpler than it sounds.
Along with your training application, we will send a detailed description how to apply for an I-20 form and obtain your M1 student visa.