Foreign Students

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The Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) is a program operated by the United States Transportation Security Administration in order to screen prospective flight students, who are not citizens of the United States, before they are allowed to undergo pilot training.

Category 3 Training – For flight training in the operation of aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 lbs. or less, Candidates must obtain AFSP approval for the following training events:

  • Single Engine Land (SEL)
    — Includes initial Airman’s Certificate, including a private, recreational, or sport pilot certificate. If a private and/or commercial license is the candidate’s initial FAA license, it is considered an initial airman’s certificate and is not exempt.
  • Instrument Rating (IR)
  • Multi Engine Land (MEL)
  • Helicopter (HELI)
    — Includes initial Airman’s Certificate, including a private or recreational pilot certificate. If a private and/or commercial license is the candidate’s initial FAA license, it is considered an initial airman’s certificate and is not exempt.
  • Helicopter Instrument (HELI-I)

Each of these events requires a separate training request.

All other training events on aircraft with MTOW of 12,500 lbs. or less are exempt from AFSP regulations, including Commercial Pilot License (CPL), Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL), and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). These events are exempt only if the candidate holds an FAA stand-alone pilot certificate.

This clarification is available at TSA-2004-19147-0337.pdf.

Demonstration and familiarization flights – Demonstration flights for marketing purposes, and familiarization flights (also called “intro” or “discovery” flights) are also exempted from the TSA security threat assessment.
This clarification is available on page 56329 in the Interim Final Rule at IFR_Alien_Pilot.pdf

Contact us for assistance in completing your application or with any questions you might have.

For more info – US TSA Alien Flight Student Program Page