Academy of Aviation Blog

Don't Go Home

Transfer to an F-1 or M-1 School

Although the Trump administration rescinded rule on foreign students, if that guideline is again revisited and becomes a reality later on, you have the option to stay in the USA and continue your online classes, plus Pilot Training, and avoid future ICE policy changes.

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
AP, July 14, 2020
President Trump and ICE had announced a new policy on July 6th that essentially stripped international foreign college students of their visas if the courses they take this fall are entirely online.

Since the Covid crisis is still an ongoing danger, and it seems like policy changes can happen at any time, we would like to emphasize that there is an alternative to the July 6th ICE policy where students can stay in USA by transferring to an F-1 or M-1 approved school that is providing in-person training. Consider a career as a professional pilot while also continuing to progress in your current online classes and degree program.

Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States. The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings., July 6, 2020

Flight School is an "in-person" education by design.

You can learn to fly while continuing your online degree. You can avoid the new ICE policy by transferring to a school with in-person sessions. Our F-1 Visa Commercial Pilot plus Flight Instructor Program will allow you to work as a US Certified Flight Instructor (CFI).

International students whose universities are not planning in-person classes — which is currently the case at schools including the University of Southern California and Harvard — would be required to return to their home countries if they are already in the United States. Those overseas would not be granted permission to enter the country to take online coursework here.
New York Times, July 7, 2020
We believe, as do many other schools now put into tough positions, that international students should not fear deportation or be forced to put their health and safety at risk in order to advance their education. Academy of Aviation is flying under strict mask and cleaning procedures, putting the health and safety of our students and instructors at the highest priority.

Education and employment in the United States.

OPT and CPT opportunities are available at our flight academy for F-1 and M-1 students.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa in the United States to work up to 12 months in relation to their major of study.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a program that temporarily allows international students with an F-1 visa to gain practical experience directly related to their major through employment, paid or unpaid internships, or cooperative (co-op) education.

Contact us right now to find out more.

Fill out the form below, and we will make sure that you are aware of every opportunity to stay in the United States, continue your online studies, and become a professional pilot in the process. This can be a life-changing decision, and we are proud to offer you the option to continue your rewarding educational experience here in America while learning a practical and compelling alternative career choice.

For some international students, the United States has been a haven, offering safety from conflict in their home countries and relief from infrastructure that cannot support remote learning. But that sense of security has now been upended.
New York Times, July 10, 2020

aoa bLOG

Academy of Aviation

Academy of Aviation Locations:


Farmingdale, NY
Republic Airport

White Plains, NY
Westchester County Airport

Charlotte/Gastonia, NC
Gastonia Municipal Airport

Atlanta, GA
Falcon Field