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International Students


Most aviation experts predict a worldwide shortage of professional pilots beginning in 2013, due to the culmination of retiring pilots, airline expansion, and a dwindling pilot pool due to the restrictive cost or training.

As far as I know, the airlines have not addressed the problem publicly, but I am sure they will be scrambling to fill the void left by retirees and general attrition.

In my opinion there has never been a brighter future predicted for many years. There will be a window of opportunity that will open shortly and you do not want to be unprepared if you are seeking a career in aviation.

OCFC will help you obtain the necessary ratings to kick start your future as an airline professional. We offer pilot training to suit your career goals from Private Pilot License through the Air Transport Pilot rating.

To initiate flight training with Orange County Flight Center as an international student please follow these steps:

Step 1: Application for Enrollment

All international students must submit the following to apply for enrollment:

  • I-20: A non-refundable fee of $175 is required to process your I-20 information. All foreign students are required to have an I-20 Form to gain entry into the United States. Upon receipt of your I-20 fee and your I-20 information form, Orange County Flight Center will send you a letter of acceptance and your completed I-20 form.
    Download I-20 Form.
    Download Credit Card Authorization Form
  • English Profficiency: All students are required to demonstrate English proficiency. A TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) score of 650 or above is required.
  • Bank Statement: A bank statement is required as proof of the ability to pay for flight training as well as living expenses while training.
  • Medical: All students must be eligible for an FAA medical. For more information visit the FAA website at .

Step 2: SEVIS Form I-901

Visit to complete the I-901 process.

Step 3: M-1 Student Visa

To obtain an M-1 Student Visa, call the nearest U.S. Embassy to set an appointment to receive your visa approval. The U.S. Embassy will need to see the following documents: I-20 Form, Passport, FInancial Statements and Receipt for payment of Form I-901. Please bring all documents with you as requested by the embassy (specific documents may vary by country). Your visit to the embassy will also entail a brief interview.

The length of time for this process varies from country to country. You will be notified as to whether you have been approved or disapproved. The U.S. Embassy will provide you, the student, with an M-1 Student Visa permittiing you entry to the United States.

Step 4: TSA Clearance

You can obtain TSA clearance from your country or from the United States. Visit to apply for TSA clearance in the U.S.

Please note: our company is American Airplane Exchange DBA Orange County Flight Center.

Step 5: Down Payment

A $2,500 deposit is required to begin flight training. Download Credit Card Authorization Form

Step 6: OCFC Training Documents

All students must submit the following forms before flight training can begin.

Step 7: Living Arrangements

Contact Annie for more information about temporary living arrangements when you arrive. We have negotiated special rates with some hotels within walking distance to the John Wayne Airport.

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