Flight Training for Foreign Pilots

US Security Requirements

Post 9/11 events led to stricter security requirements for anyone taking flight training in the United States.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has set up a program for tracking foreign nationals involved in flight training.  The purpose is to ensure those students do not pose a threat to aviation or national security.  In addition, US citizens are required to provide proof of citizenship before they start flight training.  This program is called the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP).

Who must register with the TSA under the AFSP?

All flight training activities not exempted below, must be approved by the TSA under the AFSP.  Pilots and Flight Schools or Independent Instructors must register either as a "Flight Candidate or a "Provider".

Who is exempt?

The AFSP applies to any person who wants to do flight training in the United States or its territories.  Flight students must register as a "candidate" with the TSA and undergo a security threat assessment before they begin flight training. There exemptions from this law, but very few.  Some of those exemptions include:

  • US citizens (must provide proof to Flight School or Private Instructor):
    • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport; or
    • Certified birth certificate AND government-issued photo ID; or
    • U.S naturalization certificate with raised seal AND government-issued photo ID; or
    • Certificate of U.S. citizenship with raised seal AND government-issued photo ID; or
    • (For federal or military employees only) Employer's official proof of U.S. citizenship AND federal- or military-issued photo ID, pursuant to a contract between the federal agency and the flight school. Please Note: Federal or military employees who are non-U.S. citizens are NOT exempt from TSA.
  • Non-US citizens are exempt IF the following is true:
    • Hold an FAA stand-alone pilot certificate, AND
    • Training events conducted in an aircraft with MTOW of 12,500 lbs. or less, AND
      • Training events are for:
        • Commercial Pilot License (CPL), OR
        • Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), OR
        • Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • All of the following situations are exempt no matter what your nationality:
    • Recurrent training such as:
      • Biennial Flight Review (BFR), OR
      • Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC),
      • Any "refresher" training not leading to a new pilot certificate
    • Training listed under FAR Part 61.31, including:
      • Type ratings, OR
      • Tailwheel Endorsement, OR
      • High Altitude Endorsement, OR
      • High Performance Endorsement, OR
      • Complex Endorsement
    • Non-training exemptions:
      • Discovery or demonstrations flights
    • Ground training (all types) is exempt:
      • Ground school
      • Simulator training

Can foreign pilots train at Emprise Air?

Yes! Emprise Air is registered with the TSA as an AFSP provider.

How do I get started?

The best way we found for foreign nationals to follow the correct procedures is by following the instructions listed on this website: www.aopa.org/tsa_rule/

To go directly to the TSA website and begin registration, click here.

Here's what will be expected of you during the registration process:

  1. Verify that you have an appropriate visa.
  2. Notify the flight school that you want to begin flight training.
  3. Ensure that you have a valid email address.
  4. Create a login account on TSA’s AFSP website.
  5. Apply for training on TSA’s AFSP website.
  6. Wait for the flight school to acknowledge your training request.
  7. Pay the nonrefundable $130 processing fee per instructions emailed to you.
  8. Look for a “Preliminary Approval” email from TSA.
  9. Submit fingerprints to TSA per instructions emailed to you.
  10. Wait for TSA to notify you and the flight school of its decision.
  11. Once you have received TSA approval, start flight training!
  12. Have your photo taken by the flight school when arrive for the first day of training.

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