The Department of Homeland Security is creating a new visa category, M, to replace the J-1 visa, which allows foreign flight school students to train in the U.S. but is set to expire in June 2010. The new visa will be administered by the DHS instead of the State Department, which issues J-1 visas, and all applicants will be subject to TSA criminal background checks.
United States visas
Yes, there is a bill, signed into law by President Clinton in October 2000, that would allow business aircraft operators to enjoy the same visa-waiver convenience afforded certain scheduled airline operators. It would, that is, if the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) had gotten around to integrating the new law into its own regulations.
Although foreign operators are unhappy over the complications they face in obtaining clearances to fly non-U.S.-registered into the U.S., in general the post-9/11 security rules are not insurmountable.
Confusion over French visa requirements for U.S. general aviation aircrews is causing many flight departments to scramble for proper documents. While visas have been a requirement for years, U.S. corporate aircrews are only now encountering vigilance from French authorities. Some industry observers suggest the scrutiny might be in response to recent tightening of U.S. visa requirements.
Confusion about French visa requirements for U.S. general aviation aircrew is causing many flight departments to scramble for proper documents. While it has been a rule for several years–a cursory glance at an August 2003 edition of IATA’s Travel Information Manual shows that crewmembers who are U.S. nationals are required to have visas to enter France–U.S.
Barcelona, Spain-based charter operator Executive Airlines is offering new services such as third-party handling, U.S. visa waiver processing and operations to and from London City Airport.
The firm is now offering handling services for third-party operators at Barcelona and Madrid airports. These services will be expanded by the recent purchase of Aeroplanning, a Madrid-based corporate flight planning specialist.