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Hi what are the requirements to start training for a private pilot. I have a friend who  only has a green card, do you have to be a USA citizen or can you do it with a green card. Thank you

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  1. Lucas on Nov 10, 2012

    Actually you don’t even need to have a green card to become a private pilot. Anyone can train to become one, but if you are not a U.S. citizen or green card holder than you need to go through the TSA clearing process (it takes about 2-4 weeks to clear you).
    In your friend’s case, since he has a green card, he can start training immediately.

    Cheers Lucas

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  2. MaggotCFII on Nov 11, 2012

    Please go to this link:


    This is the TSA site for the Alien Flight School Program.

    Go to the FAQ – Generally asked questions and see #2:


    “Who must participate in the Alien Flight Student Program?

    Persons seeking flight training must submit a request if they are not citizens or nationals of the U.S. and:

    They wish to receive flight training in the U.S. or its territories, regardless of whether training will lead to an FAA certificate or type rating; and/or
    They wish to receive flight training from an FAA-certificated facility, provider, or instructor that could lead to an FAA rating whether in the U.S. or abroad.

    (NOTE-Certain exemptions to AFSP published in 2004 and 2005 are still in effect. To view those exemptions, please see When is a flight student exempt from the TSA security threat assessment? in the Candidate Frequently Asked Questions section.) ”


    I do the Provider Administrator function for my employer – even with the green card
    TSA approval to begin flight training is required. The fines for non-compliance are

    The training request is not at all difficult. Suggest that you call the TSA Help Desk
    number listed at the site should you have questions. They are usually quite helpful.

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  3. Matthew Waugh on Nov 13, 2012

    And the emphasise – a green card does not make you a citizen or national of the US. So your friend needs to clear TSA Alien Flight School program.

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  4. Chris on Jan 31, 2017

    So undocumented students can obtain ppl??

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