|INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFORMATION
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires all International students to conduct all their flight training only at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight school which has been approved under Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 141. RexAir Flight School is an FAR Part 141 FAA school approved for private pilot training.
The M-1 Visa is required for International students taking flight training in the United States. The M-1 allows you to stay in the U.S. for up to 12 months; it can be extended, if needed for training. Note: The U.S. tourist visa is NOT allowed for flight training in the United States.
The first step in applying for an M-1 Visa is filling out the required flight school pre-admission application; this can be done online by clicking pre-admission form. It is very important that you list all the information requested in order to have the SEVIS I-20 Form properly completed by our admissions office. Be sure the information given matches your passport identification exactly. Upon receipt of the completed application information and the required admissions fee paid, a RexAir Admissions Officer will personally contact you. He or she will guide you through the Visa process with detail instructions to prepare you for the U.S. Consulate or Embassy interview.
I-20 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Form
The SEVIS I-20 Form is an electronic government system to track International students coming to the United States for educational purposes. The application provides information on the student and their dependents. RexAir admissions office takes the information provided by you on the RexAir application to fill out the SEVIS I-20 computer form on your behalf. Once this is done, your visa process can be started.
You will be expected to pay four different processing fees during your Visa process.
1. Flight School Administration Fee - $200.00 (Non-Refundable)
2. Flight School Security Deposit - $300.00 (Applied to Program at completion)
3. SEVIS I-901 Visa Applicant Fee - $200.00 (Non-Refundable)
4. TSA Training Request Applicant Fee - $130.00 (Non-Refundable)
Credit Card Payment
Please complete the credit card authorization section of the RexAir application form and submit this information. The credit card authorization allows the flight school to charge your credit card $500.00 for the following items; $200.00 Administration Fee, $300.00 Security Deposit, plus this will also allow the flight school to pay for shipping of your I-20 document and/or training materials to you. Should you cancel your enrollment application process or not show up for your scheduled arrival date, you will forfeit part or all of your administration/security deposit (see cancellation section).
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Training Request
To enter the United States the International student must complete a TSA training request at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov. When you open the ‘TSA – Alien Flight Student Program’ website, click on “Create Student Account” located on the top right side and follow the steps. There are four TSA training categories; you will be training under Category 3. Also, you will be asked to pay the TSA fee of $130.00, which is done online at www.pay.gov/paygov. The TSA fee can be paid after you have received approval for your M-1 Student Visa.
The TSA training request must be completed and granted prior to starting your flight training program. Therefore, it is very important that you begin the process of getting your TSA clearance as soon as you decide that you will be doing your training at RexAir. Completing the TSA process BEFORE you arrive will ensure a quicker start to your program. Do not start your fingerprinting requirement until TSA notifies you to do so. If you do not complete the fingerprinting requirement prior to arriving in the United States, this may delay commencement of your training program up to 45 days.
The documents required to obtain an M-1 Visa are as follows.
1. RexAir Admissions Form and Fee (Student’s Responsibility)
2. SEVIS I-20 Form (filled out by RexAir Admissions Office)
3. SEVIS Filing Fee, online form I-901 (Student’s Responsibility)
4. TSA Training Request and Fee (Student’s Responsibility)
5. Consulate or Embassy interview (Student’s Responsibility)
If your spouse or dependents will be accompanying you during your training program, they will each need an M-2 Visa. Additional information will be requested.
To help plan your trip to the United States and understand the U.S. Government Visa wait time, go to http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.
U.S. Consulate or Embassy Appointment
Once you have received your I-20 by Federal Express (FedEx) courier service, you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee at www.fmjfee.com/i901fee. You MUST pay this fee before making an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. You will need to bring your signed I-20 form from the training school and proof of I-901 payment. If you have any questions concerning the I-901 Form, go to the I901 FAQ page at www.ice.gov/sevis/i901. The Embassy or Consulate will take your picture at that time for their records.
All Visa applications are required to have the following items.
1. Non-Immigrant Visa application FORM DS-160 must be filled out and signed. The form is to be filled out online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
2. Current Passport or other travel documents
3. Photograph – Please check with your nearest Consulate or Embassy for specifications before you get your picture taken.
4. Application fees must be paid
5. Evidence of funds to cover your expenses while in the United States
6. Evidence of compelling social and economic ties abroad
If you choose to cancel your enrollment application process, or change your arrive dates, or not show up when scheduled, you will forfeit part or all of your admissions/security deposit as follows.
* Cancellation up to 30 days in advance a $400.00 REFUND
* Cancellation 29-15 days in advance a $300.00 REFUND
* Cancellation 14-0 days in advance you forfeit the entire deposit
Travel Plans and U.S. Port of Entry
Once you have accomplished all of the above procedures and purchased your airline tickets, you are ready to enter the United States at a Port-of-Entry (POE). You MUST provide RexAir with the details of your travel arrangements. By email, send us the following flight information; name of airline, flight number, arrival airport, arrival date and flight arrival time. If you would like RexAir staff to pick you up, please let us know; there will be a charge for this service depending on which airport you arrive. Please note that the Form I-94 must be completed onboard the airplane when arriving at the airport of entry. The Form I-94 is the only U.S. government document that uses the European method of recording dates; dd/mm/yyyy. Please watch out for this.
Positive Training Account
Once you are at the training school, you are required to maintain a positive training balance on your account at all times. The required Security Deposit that you paid prior to entering the United States is NOT part of your training funds, but may be applied at the end of your training program towards your final bill assuming all other financial accounts are paid-in-full.
The Security Deposit you paid will be held by the school until the completion of your training program or you withdrawal from training, but it is NOT part of the required positive account training balance.