For both short-term vocational education experiences, e.g. Private or Commercial Pilot Certificates, as well as full professional pilot programs, international students can apply for the M-1 visa.
The M-1 visa is issued for a maximum of 12 month period. Students may apply for extension of up to another 12 months if needed. Upon expiration of the visa, student must leave the country within 30 days.
The application for an M-1 visa must be filed prior to being issued an I-20. The student must register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) which will conduct a background check. TSA registration may be found at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.
In order to be issued an I-20, the student must demonstrate English proficiency in speaking and reading skills. Additionally, the student must provide proof of financial responsibility to cover all estimated training and living expenses.
Upon receiving the I-20, the student should apply at the closest U.S. visa issuing agency (Embassy or Consulate General) for the M-1 visa.
The student may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the start date designated on the I-20 but must report by the designated date.
When on an M-1 visa, a student cannot change to an F-1 (academic) visa or an H status (employment) visa.
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