Flight schools certified under the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) should expect out-of-cycle reviews from ICE. Reviews began following an updated policy guidance published on December 11, 2012, that clarifies the requirements for SEVP-certified flight schools.
The revised guidance is in response to recommendations from a Government Accountability Office (GAO) study conducted in June 2012. The report noted a lack of oversight and enforcement of SEVP-certified flight schools and recommended that ICE identify noncompliant schools and verify the eligibility of schools already certified.
ICE is now requesting that SEVP-approved flight schools complete a recertification process. Affected flight training providers should expect a letter via e-mail that includes a date of compliance. Also included in the letter are requirements for flight schools to:
- Provide a current copy of the school’s FAA Part 141 certificate
- Provide evidence that the school is authorized by the appropriate state agiency to operate
- Each Principle Designated School Official (DSO) must take the DSO Web-based training and submit the issued certificate after completion
- Submit a document that tracks the number of hours nonimmigrant students spend in a classroom environment per week
- Provide a signed statement that nonimmigrant student records will be maintained at the FAA Part 141 level
The links below provide additional information for affected flight training providers