The United States Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires that, as a prerequisite to flight training, all non-United States citizens must provide fingerprints, biographical information, including full name, passport and visa information, and training specifics prior to beginning flight training.
Training for international alien students may only begin following approval of your application, completion of fingerprinting and processing, and payment of a $130 application fee.
You should already be enrolled and your $1000 deposit received by International Aero Academy before filling out the application.
Students enrolling in flight training programs with International Aero Academy will be applying for Category 3 (rating or certification) or Category 4 (recurrent) flight training and can expect a minimum of 7 days to complete the TSA approval process. Below, we have provided some helpful instructions to complete the application process:
1. Visit the TSA website at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.
2. Complete the Foreign Student Application. (9-10 pages).
– School Name: International Aero Academy.
– Course Name: Choose your course (i.e. Private Pilot).
– Course ID Number:
– Private Pilot (PPL101)
– Instrument Rating (IFR101)
– Multi-Engine Rating Add-On (MEL101)
– Type of Aircraft: C150, C172, PA28, PA34
– Estimated Start Date: Enter a start and end date that approximates when you want to begin training and complete training. This can be an estimate, however you will not be able to begin before the commencement date. The TSA will automatically allow you to attend training for one full year in any course but not for longer).
– Category: 3 initial
– Student ID: Not Required
3. Once you have completed and submitted this application, the TSA will request that International Aero Academy validates you as a potential student. We will do so for individuals who have enrolled in one of our flight courses and whose deposit we have received.
4. The TSA will then send you instructions for the fingerprinting process. You will need to complete the fingerprinting process in your country of origin, as well as submit a $130 application fee to the TSA.
5. Once the TSA has acknowledged receipt of the required documentation and fee, International Aero Academy will be sent via e-mail a final document approving you to begin flight training.
We understand this may appear to be a highly involved, multi-step process. We are more than happy to help you in any way we can during this process. Please contact us by phone at 1-863-401-3592 or by email with any questions you have.
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