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.
A new U.S. anti-terrorism rule that would have required computer-coded passports for certain foreign nationals entering the U.S. has been put on hold for 12 months. The regulation, to have taken effect on October 1, applies to 27 U.S. trading partner countries whose citizens are not currently required to have a visa to enter the U.S.
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.
Flight crews and their passengers will be affected by a proposal from the Departments of State and Homeland Security to require a U.S. or foreign passport when traveling between the U.S. and other countries in the Western Hemisphere. Starting January 1 next year, a passport would be required for air and sea travel to and from Bermuda, the Caribbean and South America. Effective Jan.