Flight Training Application Process
There is a separate section for Pilots with Foreign Licenses below the Flight Training section.
Executive Flyers Aviation welcomes foreign nationals to come for flight training or aircraft rental. We have established the following steps to make your introduction to EFA as smooth as possible:
1) Application: Fill out our International Student Application online or print out and fax (781-274-6719) this form: Student Application for Non-US Citizens. This lets us know you want to fly with us.
Please make sure to check ALL of the levels of flight training you would like to accomplish during your stay. If requested, we can estimate the cost of training for each certificate.
2) TSA Application: You start this process now or when you arrive in the United States.
All non-US citizens who are planning to enroll in a flight training program (Private, Instrument and Multi-engine only) are required to register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). All other training (Commercial, Certified Flight Instructor, Airline Transport Pilot, Unusual Attitude, Aerobatics, etc.) may be conducted without TSA approval.
Complete TSA registration instructions may be found in the .pdf document entitled Guidelines for Non-US Citizens. This document will give you instructions on how to register in the Alien Flight Student Program. Be sure to read the guide before starting your TSA application.
Next, register on the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) website.
The application fee is currently US$130.00, payable on the TSA’s website.
3) Fingerprints: To complete the TSA process, you will also need to provide copies of your fingerprints. If you are currently in the United States, you may get your fingerprinting done at the local police station in your town.
If you are currently outside the United States, fingerprinting services are now available at the following locations abroad:
ARUBA: AIM Group, Noord
AUSTRALIA: location in Sydney Int’l Airport
BRAZIL: 3 locations in Sao Paolo
CANADA: locations in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec
FRANCE: locations in Le Bourget, Cannes and Toussus-le-Noble
ISRAEL: Rosh, Haayin
ITALY: locations in Sesto Calende and Bologna
JAPAN: mobile collector
PANAMA: Panama City
SAUDI ARABIA: Saudi Aramco
SWITZERLAND: Zurich Airport
UNITED KINGDOM: Farnborough and Oxfordshire
If there are no locations in your country to get fingerprints taken, you may get them at a local state police office after you arrive in the United States. Visit the Transportation Security Clearinghouse for information about where fingerprinting may be accomplished. Before you fill in any application for any fingerprinting location, please give the location a call to verify the process.
4) M-1 Visa Administrative Fee: Some Non-US citizens will need an M-1 (vocational/flight training) visa in order to receive training. Clients with Green Cards or other types of visas probably do not need an M-1 visa.
All international clients who do require an M-1 visa to start training for any type of rating or course (Private through ATP) are required to complete an I-20 form and to pay an administrative fee. There is no charge for applicants renting or training under a B-2 tourist visa, or if you are already in the US under a work visa (Green Card), an F-1 or other visa.
- $250 for any applicant requiring an M-1 visa
- $50 for each additional dependent requesting an M-1 dependent visa
This fee does not include any additional fees that you may need to pay for your TSA, visa or MassPort badge applications.
To pay this fee, we accept payment via PayPal (www.paypal.com). When you click on “Buy Now”, it will take you to PayPal’s secure website so that you may pay with your credit card or debit card.
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5) Student Visa: Any non-US citizen without a Green Card or visa will need to apply for a student visa to take flight training at our school. EFA is authorized to assist with M-1 student visa applications as we are registered with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. You will apply for an M-1 visa, which is specifically for students. We will ask you for detailed information regarding your contact information, citizenship status, financial status and other details.
Once we have this information, we will complete and submit an I-20 form on your behalf, which you will need to have with you when you apply for your visa. Accompanying the form will be the steps to take to make sure you have everything you need when you apply for your visa at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country.
The M-1 visa application process has costs associated with it, please be aware of these costs when you get started.
Two requirements to remember:
- You must be able to provide verification that you have the ability to pay for your tuition and living expenses while in the United States. You may be asked for this at the US Consulate or Embassy when you apply for your visa.
- You must be proficient in English.
6) Short Term Housing: Clients who will not be staying with friends or family often ask about housing options. Here are a few suggestions. (These prices are only estimates and are subject to change.)
Adams Street Apartments Resources: www.apartmentresourcesboston.com, tel: 1-781-893-1130
Apartment monthly rental fees start at $700 per month.
Princeton Properties: www.princetonproperties.com, tel: 1-978-458-8300
Apartment monthly rental fees are between $1100 – $1650 per month.
John Barthelemy Lead Concierge/ Asst. Manager
tel: (781) 933-9900
Apartments start at $1600 per month, 3 month minimum rental.
For a short-term sub-lease:
If you will be visiting the US and would like to rent an aircraft at EFA, we can help. There are a few items that you will need to complete before flying in the US.
- You will need to apply for a US pilot certificate based on your foreign pilot’s license.
- Contact the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) a minimum of 90 days prior to the day you intend to receive your US certificate based on your foreign license. Complete information is available from the FAA. Here you will find an application to verify your foreign license. Fax or mail the completed application and required attachments to the head FAA office in Oklahoma City.
- On the application, question #4, be sure to list the address below as the address to which you would like the verification sent. (This Lexington office is only a few minutes from our airport):
- Federal Aviation Administration
One Cranberry Hill
Fourth Floor, Suite 402
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
Phone: (781) 357-4900
Fax: (781) 357-4899
You will apply for your US license at this office. Please contact them directly by phone of fax to obtain the application you need to complete the process.
- When you arrive at EFA, you will need to bring the documents you received from the FAA and your foreign license and medical certificate.
- Sign up for a standard EFA checkout in the aircraft you want to rent. You just need to meet our rental pilot minimum qualifications.
- Once you are checked out in an aircraft, you are welcome to rent!