The flight training portion of the Exchange Visitor Program is expected to be transitioned over the next two years from the U.S. Department of State to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but foreign flight school students in the United States should not notice any significant changes. An explanation of the transition will be published within a few months.
"The flight training program is being transitioned to the DHS, but not eliminated, as some flight schools had worried," said Luis Gutierrez, AOPA director of regulatory and certification policy. "A source from the U.S. Department of State has told AOPA that the change will be in program management only and that foreign flight school students still will be able to participate under their J-1 Visa."
The Exchange Visitor Program allows foreign nationals to temporarily live in the United States for educational, research, or other professional purposes, including flight training. There are about a dozen schools, mainly the larger flight academies, that offer flight training through this program.
May 26, 2005