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M-1 Visa

Airman’s Proficiency Center (APC) is a division of Hillsboro Aviation, Inc. and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).  APC is approved to offer both the F-1 and M-1 visas for international students interested in training full-time at APC in a designated program of study.

The M-1 visa is used for both short-term vocational education experiences, e.g. Private or Commercial Pilot Certificates, as well as full professional pilot programs.

The maximum period for which an M-1 visa may be issued is 12 months. If needed, the student may apply for an extension to the visa of up to 12 additional months for a nominal fee. The student must leave the country within 30 days after the expiration of the visa.

Prior to being issued an I-20, the application for an M-1 visa, the student must register with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at The TSA will conduct a background check to verify that the student is not a risk to U.S. national security. Contact Daniel Jones for further information regarding this process.

In order to be issued an I-20, the student must demonstrate English proficiency in speaking and reading skills. Additionally, the student must provide proof of financial responsibility to cover all estimated training and living expenses.

Upon receiving the I-20 from APC, the student should apply for the M-1 visa at the closest U.S. visa issuing agency (Embassy or Consulate General) for non-immigrant visas. 

The I-20 will list a designated start date.  The student may enter the United States up to 30 days prior to the start date but must report to APC by the designated date.

When on an M-1 visa, a student cannot change to an F-1 (academic) visa or an H status (employment) visa.