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Out-Of-Cycle Reviews And Recertification Requirements For SEVP Flight Schools

Posted by Clint Braswell on Fri, Feb 01, 2013

Flight school ICE regulationsFlight 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

ICE SEVP Policy Guidance (Dec. 11, 2012)

GAO Study on SEVP (June 2012)

SEVP Recertification

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