Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Requirements for ALL Students
CAA is required by federal law to verify the citizenship and/or legal status of all students receiving flight training. The following is a description of the requirements that students must comply with in order to obtain training.
Students who are citizens of the United States must provide proof of citizenship by showing one or more of the following:
- Valid, unexpired U.S. passport. (and CAA also requires another form of ID showing proof of address in addition to the passport)
- Original birth certificate of the United States, American Samoa, or Swains Island and government-issued picture ID.
- Original certification of birth abroad with raised seal (Form FS-545 or DS-1350) and government-issued picture ID.
- Original certificate of U.S. citizenship with raised seal (Form N-560 or N-561), or a Certificate of Repatriation (Form N-581), and government-issued picture ID.
- Original U.S. Naturalization Certificate with raised seal (Form N-550 or N-570) and a government-issued picture ID.
CAA will make copies and keep records of the presented documents for a period of no less than 5 years from the date of enrollment.
After a record is made with CAA, the student's Flight Instructor will make an endorsement in the student's logbook stating that the student has presented the required documents.
Non-US Citizens (Seeking Private, Instrument, Multi-Engine and/or a Type Rating- this process not required for Commercial, CFI or ATP applicants)
Verify that you have an appropriate visa.The TSA/AFSP will deny flight training requests from candidates who are present in the U.S. illegally or who do not have an appropriate visa for flight training (fees paid for denied applications will not be refunded).Moreover, taking flight training without an appropriate visa could be a violation of your immigration status and could result in your arrest and removal from the United States.
Note: Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) of the United States are not required to have a visa.
If you do not possess the correct visa, or if you have questions pertaining to your visa status or the appropriate visas for flight training, please contact your local Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at (800) 375-5283 or www.uscis.gov or the State Department Consular Affairs Office for assistance.
The entire process as described below must be completed prior to starting any flight training. The average turnaround from the start of the application to final approval usually takes anywhere from 30-90 days. Flight training approvals from the TSA are only valid for 365 days from the date of authorization. After that time, a new application must be submitted. If you are seeking to reapply for approval, please note that you should renew your training authorization at least 45-60 days before your old one expires.
Log on: The TSA Flight Training website at www.flightschoolcandidates.gov.
Register for a new student account: By clicking "Create New Student Account" on the top right hand side of the page
Complete the request for a username and password: After completing the request, TSA will e-mail you a user ID and password
Return to the TSA Flight Training Website: Log in to the website on the top right by entering your user ID and Password. Once doing so, complete the AFSP Foreign Student Application- which has 8 steps. go back to home and submit. When reaching the following fields on the application, please follow the below instructions:
- School Name/State: Centennial Aviation Academy/GA
- Student Identification # from school — leave this field blank.
- Course ID # — enter "101"
- Class Name — select from drop-down box: Category 3
- Training on aircraft with MTOW of 12,500 lbs. or less is Category 3
- Aircraft Type — Must list specific aircraft including make and model. LIST THE FOLLOWING: PIPER PA28
- Estimated Start Date: Enter a start and end date that approximates when the student wants to start training. This can be an estimate, however; you will not be able to start before the commencement date. The TSA will automatically allow you to attend training for one full year in any course (not longer). For most students enrolling in August when normal enrollment is in progress, the estimated start date should be "October 1" of the same year of enrollment.
- Estimated End Date: Enter the estimated ending date (no more than one year from the Estimated Start Date)
After completing the application: Your instructor will receive a request to approve your application from the TSA. As long as you have completed the above application under CAA guidance, the application/request will be approved.
Once approved by CAA: The TSA will ask for a $130 payment for processing the application and then process your application and check for any errors.
After Payment and verifying that no errors exist: The TSA will send you instructions for the fingerprinting and security threat assessment process.
It is important to note that you must pre-pay for the fingerprinting process (the fingerprinting fee is in addition to the $130 already paid to TSA).
After the TSA has acknowledged receipt of all the required documentation and fees: Your instructor will be sent a final document approving the student to begin training.
As a part of this process, CAA/Your instructor will for a period of 5 years from the date of application:
- Take a picture of the student on the first day of class - and then upload the students photograph to the TSA website within 7 days of the approval
- Record the students full name, gender, and date of birth, ID number created by the TSA,country of birth, current country or countries of citizenship, and each previous country of citizenship (if any), requested dates, type, and location of training, current U.S. pilot certificate and certificate number (if any), current address and phone number, and each address for the previous 5 years.
- Retain a copy of the candidate’s valid, unexpired passport and visa (including all information list in Step 4 of the AFSP Candidate Application Guide), the approval sent by TSA confirming the candidate’s flight training eligibility, receipt confirming that the $130 was paid, all previous passports and visas held by the candidate and all the information necessary to obtain a passport and visa (For DoD endorsees, copy of the required written statement and picture ID).
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROCESS PLEASE CONTACT CAPT. ROHAN AT 404-775-8299.
You may also contact AFSP help Desk at (571) 203-8470 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone always answers the phone directly and they are actually very helpful.