ICAO FAA Conversion


The FAA Pilot Certificate conversion process is fairly simple but can take a few months. Below is a quick overview of the steps involved:

Get a Foreign Certificate Verification letter

The FAA website explains the different steps to convert your ICAP Certificate to a Private Pilot Certificate.  https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificaties/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/   
IMPORTANT: This process can be lengthy, start early!

TSA Approval

Although you are completing an FAA certificate conversion, you will need to complete your instrument rating with an examiner. You will also need to apply for TSA clearance before starting this training. This guide provides great information regarding the process. Here is an overview of the steps involved:

  1. Create an account and apply for training at: http:/www.flightschoolcandidates.gov/
  2. The flight school will approve your request
  3. TSA will email you with a request to pay an application fee
  4. TSA will review your application and send fingerprinting instructions
  5. Fingerprinting is done upon arrival Prescott, AZ
  6. TSA will review fingerprints and issue a final approval

Be sure to start this process BEFORE arriving in the U.S. Step 1 through 4 can be completed prior to arrival, which will save a lot of time and money. Note that you cannot start flight training until TSA issues a final approval
M-1 VISA Issuance

You will also need to receive an M-1 visa for your training. Our team is ready to help you:

  1. Our student services department will send you necessary document to begin your I-20 application.
  2. Once all documents are submitted and approved, an official I-20 will be mailed to you.
  3. Make an appointment with an American Embassy within your home country
    Receive your M-1 visa

DO NOT book your airplane ticket until you have an M-1 visa.