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Non-U.S. Citizen Aviation FAQs

The information on this page is for non-U.S. citizens preparing to fly for the first time. Non-U.S. citizens can receive flight training as either a resident alien or as a visa holder, but these students must be cleared through the Transportation Security Administration before commencing flight training. For general questions about Henderson's aviation program, please visit the U.S. Citizen FAQs page.

For all other questions, please contact Henderson's Aviation Department.
 

 

Resident aliens (green-card holders)

Resident aliens who begin training for a recreational, sport pilot, private pilot certificate, multi-engine rating (at any level), or instrument rating, after December 20, 2004, must notify TSA of their intent to begin flight training. The notification process is as follows:

The applicant registers on TSA's Web site where they will be given a username and password via e-mail. After receiving the e-mail, the student logs in to the site and submits the following:

    Full name, gender, current address and five-year address history, date and country of birth, and citizenship information.
    TSA identification number (not provided to candidate — only seen by TSA).
    Passport and visa information — Foreign applicants are required to have a passport.
    Training details — Basic information including the name of the school, type of aircraft, and pilot certificate or rating sought.
    For the Private Certificate: MXT-7
    For the Instrument Rating: MXT-7
    For the Commercial Certificate: MXT-7 & PA-28R
    For the Multi-engine Rating: PA-30
    For the CFI: PA-28R
    For the CFII: MXT-7
    For the MEI: PA-30
    Fingerprints — Free fingerprinting forms are available by calling the American Association of Airport Executives at 703/797-2550. You may opt to receive the fingerprinting forms via express or overnight mail for a charge. Additionally, a prepaid return envelope may also be provided for a charge. Candidates' fingerprints must be collected by, or under the supervision of, a U.S. federal, state, or local law enforcement agency; by U.S. government personnel at a U.S. embassy or consulate that possesses appropriate fingerprint collection equipment and personnel certified to capture fingerprints; or by another entity approved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or TSA, including airports that possess appropriate fingerprint collection equipment and personnel certified to capture fingerprints. A list of domestic and international fingerprinting locations is available at this web site. The prints can be taken either electronically or by the provided forms. After they are completed, the prints are sent back to AAAE, who then forwards a copy to TSA. Additional instructions can be found on TSA's Web site.
    $130 application processing fee — The fee must be paid by credit card on the TSA's Web site. (Candidates now have a maximum of 10 attempts at paying the processing fee. After the tenth failure, the training request is canceled by TSA's system, and the candidate must submit a new training request. Please verify that your credit card is valid before attempting to pay the processing fee).
    Photo — Upon arrival to the flight school, the student should have his or her photo taken by the flight school. The flight school will be required to upload the photo to TSA's Web site or have it faxed to TSA at 703/542-1221.

A final determination of the candidate's eligibility status is not required prior to the start of flight training in aircraft below 12,500 pounds maximum gross takeoff weight. However, candidates will receive an e-mail with the subject "Permission to Initiate Training/Fingerprint Receipt" instead of an e-mail with the subject "Permission to Receive Training" when all of the required information has been received and verified by TSA. This e-mail needs to be received by the candidate before training is started. The photo should be taken and sent to TSA after this final e-mail is received. If TSA determines the student is a security threat, the school or instructor will be notified, and training is to be stopped immediately.

 

 

Visa holders

Visa holders who begin training for a recreational, sport pilot, private pilot certificate, multi-engine rating (at any level), or instrument rating after December 20, 2004, must notify TSA of their intent to begin training. The notification process is as follows:

The applicant registers on TSA's Web site where they will be given a username and password via e-mail. After receiving the e-mail, the student logs in to the site and submits the following:
    Full name, gender, current address and five-year address history, date and country of birth, and citizenship information.
    TSA identification number (not provided to candidate — only seen by TSA).
    Passport and visa information — Foreign applicants are required to have a passport.
    Training details — Basic information including the name of the school, type of aircraft, and pilot certificate or rating sought.
    For the Private Certificate: MXT-7
    For the Instrument Rating: MXT-7
    For the Commercial Certificate: MXT-7 & PA-28R
    For the Multi-engine Rating: PA-30
    For the CFI: PA-28R
    For the CFII: MXT-7
    For the MEI: PA-30
    Fingerprints — Free fingerprinting forms are available by calling the American Association of Airport Executives at 703/797-2550. You may opt to receive the fingerprinting forms via express or overnight mail for a charge. Additionally, a prepaid return envelope may also be provided for a charge. Candidates' fingerprints must be collected by, or under the supervision of, a U.S. federal, state, or local law enforcement agency; by U.S. government personnel at a U.S. embassy or consulate that possesses appropriate fingerprint collection equipment and personnel certified to capture fingerprints; or by another entity approved by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or TSA, including airports that possess appropriate fingerprint collection equipment and personnel certified to capture fingerprints. A list of domestic and international fingerprinting locations is available at www.tsc-csc.com/printoffices/. The prints can be taken either electronically or by the provided forms. After they are completed, the prints are sent back to AAAE, who then forwards a copy to TSA. Additional instructions can be found on TSA's Web site.
    $130 application processing fee — The fee must be paid by credit card on the TSA's Web site. (Candidates now have a maximum of 10 attempts at paying the processing fee. After the tenth failure, the training request is canceled by TSA's system, and the candidate must submit a new training request. Please verify that your credit card is valid before attempting to pay the processing fee).
    Photo — Upon arrival to the flight school, the student should have his or her photo taken by the flight school. The flight school will be required to upload the photo to TSA's Web site or have it faxed to TSA at 703/542-1221.

A final determination of the candidate's eligibility status is not required prior to the start of flight training in aircraft below 12,500 pounds maximum gross takeoff weight. However, candidates will receive an e-mail with the subject "Permission to Initiate Training/Fingerprint Receipt" instead of an e-mail with the subject "Permission to Receive Training" when all of the required information has been received and verified by TSA. This e-mail needs to be received by the candidate before training is started. The photo should be taken and sent to TSA after this final e-mail is received. If TSA determines the student is a security threat, the school or instructor will be notified, and training is to be stopped immediately. For further guidance, please visit this web site.



 

 
 
 
 
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