International Enrollment Process

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At Guidance Aviation we are here to guide you through the process of International Enrollment. We will support you and walk you through the entire process, step by step. Let’s work together.

Get in touch with us when you’re ready to get started. You can reach us by phone or by filling out our contact form.

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Step 1: Complete all Enrollment Paperwork

  • Guidance Aviation Enrollment Application

    Submit the Guidance Aviation application along with the non-refundable $200 application fee. Once enrolled you are able to use this towards your flight training.

  • Copy of Passport

    A copy of your passport.

  • Financial Verification

    This is required and may be in the form of a notarized copy of a bank statement (denoted in USD) or a notarized affidavit of support.

  • Proof of Education

    This should be in the form of a transcript from the highest level of education you have achieved. Credentials for all international students are to be translated to English and certified to be at least equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Documents can be certified through Educational Perspectives or a similar service.

  • Medical Certificate

    All students must be able to obtain an FAA 3rd Class Medical Certificate. You are not required to obtain one before you come to the U.S., but we highly encourage you to do so if you have any existing health concerns to ensure your eligibility to perform as a pilot.

    For more information on finding a medical examiner and obtaining a certificate, click here.

Once you have met the above criteria, submit the following documents to our Student Services Representatives at

Step 2: Obtain Approval from the TSA

All foreign plots, resident aliens, and tourist seeking flight training are subject to receiving approval by the Department of Homeland Security before starting.

Any person who is not a citizen or national of the United States is considered an alien. This also includes resident aliens (green-card holders) and visa holders in the U.S. Aliens are required to seek and obtain permission to receive flight training through a process of citizenship and background verification by the TSA. The Alien Flight Student Program of AFSP is mostly web-based and is usually completed in 14 days or less.

For more detailed information about obtaining TSA approval, click here.

Step 3: Get your Student VISA

Once all of your enrollment paperwork has been submitted and all application eligibilities are met, you will receive an I-20 form which you will bring with you to your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for your student visa.

For an in depth explanation of the Visa application process, click here.

Step 4: Plan your Travel Abroad

  1. After you have secured a student visa and have made all the proper preparations, make the necessary travel arrangements.
  2. Inform Guidance Aviation staff of your arrival flight information, so that we can make arrangements to pick you up from the airport. Don’t worry about making commute arrangements; we will be there when you land to take you to your new home.
  3. When you are entering the United States immigration border, please have the following information on hand and present them to the Immigration Officer to ensure that you are entering the U.S. on the correct nonimmigrant status (M-1):
    • Valid passport
    • I-20
    • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt
    • VISA (if applicable)
    • Any other additional documentation that will prove your purpose for entering the United States.
  4. Before leaving the United States immigration border or Port of Entry, please check your passport and make sure that the Duty Officer has stamped your passport stating “M-1” status. Without this, you will not be eligible to begin flight training.

After all the prior steps have been properly completed, you will be assigned a flight instructor and can get started on your flight training to become a professional helicopter pilot!

That’s everything.

Please, get in touch with us when you’re ready to get started. We’re here to help you through every step.

For firsthand experience from an actual student, check out this interview with a student who came to Guidance from South Africa.