- Student Visas
Silver Express is approved by the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS – formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service) to accept international students for full-time training. Admission into the United States to participate in the "M-1 Vocational Student Visa Status Program" requires the issuance of a BCIS I-20 form by the Academy. Once an I-20 form is issued, students can apply for an M-1 Visa at the US Consulate in their home country.
To obtain an I-20 form (used to apply for the M-1 Visa), an applicant must:
In addition, the US BCIS requires:
Each applicant is required to provide full and complete information on the application for admission and to submit all documentation with a non-refundable application fee prior to receiving the I-20 Form. Once the school receives the required documentation, an I-20 form will be sent by express delivery. Under an M-1 Visa, international students will not be permitted to work in any capacity, paid or unpaid, while in the U.S.
In some cases a student may be able to transfer an existing M-1, F-1, or tourist visa to Silver Express. Requests to transfer visas or transfer schools require adherence to the policies and procedures of the US BCIS. For more information on visa and school transfers, please see the website: www.immigration.gov
The decision to issue an M-1 Visa is a collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. BCIS, and the US Department of State. Training is conducted under Parts 61 and 141 of the FAA Regulations
- How to Apply
Complete the online TSA application, choosing Silver Express as your flight training provider. This requires payment of $130.00 online by credit card for processing your security clearance.
Details of the process are available here.
Silver Express now provides housing and transportation for our students. Student housing is available in one our furnished apartments located in Emerald Palms Apartment Homes.
Our rental prices include a fully furnished apartment with full size kitchen, utilities, TV, and telephone. Four students sharing a 2 bedroom apartment will pay approximately $650 per month each. Currency converter
Students may also choose to pay extra to have their own room or apartment.
Amenities include :
Transportation can be arranged using the public transportation, or van services starting at $200 per month. Rental cars are also available though Enterprise Rental Car at special rates to our students. The Silver Express student transport van makes four round trips each day from the airport to the apartments. There is no charge for this service to students living in Silver Express student apartments.
The Silver Express student transport van makes four round trips each day from the airport to the apartments. There is no charge for this service to students living in Silver Express student apartments.
Please contact us if these services are needed.
- Foreign Pilot License Conversion
Effective July 23, 2002, persons applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license, using a pilot certificate issued under Section 61.75 to apply for a commercial pilot certificate, applying for an airline transport pilot certificate, or applying for a certificate issued on the basis of a foreign license, must have the validity and currency of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement verified by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that issued those certificates, before applying for an FAA certificate or authorization.
NOTE: The Airmen Certification Branch would prefer to have a copy of the foreign license and medical certificate or endorsement included with all requests for verification of authenticity of the foreign license.
Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760
PO Box 25082
Oklahoma City, OK 73125-0082
*** IMPORTANT *** Additional requirements for United Kingdom Applicants:
In addition to the procedures stated under Verification of Authenticity of Foreign license, Rating and Medical Certification above, airmen from the United Kingdom should note the following additional steps that are required by the United Kingdom CAA to complete this verification process. Please visit the UK CAA web site at http://www.caa.co.uk/srg/licensing/whatsnew.asp. The additional forms are required prior to the UK CAA providing any requested information to the Airmen Certification Branch, AFS-760.
- Flight Time Certification
All flight time completed at Silver Express will be certified after completion of your flight course. Apostille certification is also available. This certification is required by some countries before US flight hours are recognized.
A minimum initial payment of $5,000 is required prior to beginning training. Silver Express accepts international payment by wire transfer. Locally, payment may also be made by debit transaction, check, cash or credit card. A minimum credit balance is required of all students. Once training begins, students must monitor their accounts to ensure they maintain sufficient funds to continue training. Once the account credit is depleted, additional minimum payments of $5,000 must be made to maintain active enrollment. Transaction fees apply to some forms of payment other than Wire transfer or cash. Any questions may be addressed with Silver Express administration on arrival.