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TSA Flight Student Registration

International flight students who are Non-U.S. Citizens have to comply with TSA regulations and requirements before they can start flight training in the U.S.

We Do Not Sponsor Visas. We don't have Airplanes.

This program is for pilots who are Non-U.S. Citizens and want to take advantage of the aeronautical experience our Advance Aviation Training Device (FAA AATD) offers when working on their FAA Private/Instrument/Commercial Pilot Certificate.

TSA Approval is not required for pilot looking to stay current or looking for safety training.

After you accomplish your training goals, you will need to re-apply to a flight school of your choice, in order to do the airplane training portion.

Questions? Read the AOPA: ALIENS AND NON-U.S. CITIZENS SEEKING FLIGHT TRAINING.

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We will automatically receive a Flight Training Request from TSA once your on-line registration has been completed.

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You will receive an email from TSA Alien Flight Student Program once your request has been accepted by Simtech Aviation.

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Now log in at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov to pay the TSA fee of $130. A green payment symbol will be shown right next to your training request.

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Once all Enrollment documents and deposit payments have been received and your Training request has been checked.

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Once TSA has processed your documents and information, you will receive an email with “Fingerprint Instructions”. We will receive a copy of this email from TSA automatically. This will take about 1 to 2 months.

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You will receive an email from AFSP with the subject “Fingerprint Instruction":

You have the option to Find a Fingerprint Collection Agency

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We can arrange to visit a U.S. law enforcement agency in Manhattan.

You will need to bring: a COPY of the Fingerprint Instructions email; passport, residential alien card, or U.S. driver”s license (if resident alien)

We will bring the 2 fingerprint cards. A Simtech Representative to be present during the finger print process , a TSA requirement.

We will mail the Finger print cards to TSA. You should hear back from TSA after 15 business days.

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You will receive an email stating “Fingerprints received, Permission to initiate training” when your request will be processed. As soon as we receive this email, you have permission to start flight training.

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The final step will be the message from TSA “Final approval”. Now you will have 360 days to complete your flight training course. Your fingerprints may be stored at TSA for further flight training requests.