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Global Pilot Academy is approved by SEVP (Student Exchange Visa Program).
We provide the I-20 for your student M-1 Visas.

The following requirements for International Students must be met before we can issue the I-20 for your student M-1 Visa:

  • You must be able to read, write and speak English.

  • Complete and sign Application for International Students on our website. All fields must be completed and the required documents must be scanned and submitted with our form.

    • Documents include: Passport, Financial Documents, and Visa (if any)

      • Please note that your Financial Document needs to be an official bank document showing that you have funds available for flight training desired and living expenses. Living expenses are based at approx. $1000.00 (including housing) per month while you are in the USA. If the funds are deposited in a bank in another individuals name you will need to have that person sign an affidavit of financial support stating that they will be financially responsible for your living expenses and flight training while in the USA. A Declaration of Finances must also need to be completed and signed. We will then send you an acceptance letter via email.

  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee by following this link.

  • We will email the I-20 form so you can make an appointment to obtain your M-1 visa

  • Important – the information you enter on the Form I-901 must match exactly as is shown on the Form I-20.

  • Next you must call the nearest U.S. Embassy for an appointment to receive approval of your M-1 Visa.

    • Appropriate documents include: Form I-20; Passport; Financial Statements; Receipt for payment of Form I-901.

    • The student will be notified as to whether they have been approved or disapproved. If all is in order, the U.S. Embassy will provide the student with a M-1 Student Visa, permitting the student to enter the U.S.​


  • Obtain Medical Insurance Policy

    • It is recommended that all International Students purchase a “Medical/Accident” Insurance Policy prior to arriving in the U.S., for the length of time they are in flight training. 

TSA Process

  1. Fill out application for a background check with TSA online.

  2. Pay the processing fee of $130 (Note: this is included in your program price)

    • TSA fee does not have to be paid until after you have received approval for your M-1 which will be stamped on your passport.

  3. Your TSA finger printing will be completed in Tampa and we will assist you with this process. Please allow 5-7 business days for TSA processing

    Please note that you will not be able to begin your flight training program until your TSA fingerprints have been processed and we receive final approval from the TSA for your flight training.

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