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Flight Standards Service General Aviation Operations Inspector's Handbook, Order 8700.1 — Change 25
This change to the 8700.1 handbook uses change bars to indicate updates and additional statements to clarify existing policies. Paragraph numbering changes or reference changes of FAR to 14 CFR are not signified by change bars. This change incorporates N 8700.15, Issuance of U.S. Pilot Certificates Based on a Foreign Pilot License, into Volume 2, Chapter 29, Issue a U.S. Pilot Certificate on the Basis of a Foreign-Pilot License.

7/14/03 8700.1 CHG 25 CHAPTER 29. ISSUE A U.S. PILOT CERTIFICATE ON THE BASIS OF A FOREIGN-PILOT LICENSE
The objective of this task is to determine if an applicant is eligible for a U.S. pilot certificate and/or rating based on their foreign-pilot license. Completion of this task will result in either the issuance, non-issuance, or denial of a U.S. pilot certificate and/or rating.

Flight Training for Aliens and Other Designated Individuals
On September 21, 2004, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued an "interim final rule" on flight training for aliens. As currently written, the rule requires every person to prove his or her citizenship status (including U.S. citizens) prior to undertaking flight training for the issuance of a new certificate or rating or the addition of a certificate or rating in an aircraft weighing 12,500 pounds or less. Additionally, foreign flight students must complete a background check process with TSA. AOPA's Guide to TSA's Alien Flight Training/Citizenship Validation Rule provides clarification on this rule. For flight training in aircraft weighing more than 12,500 pounds, the TSA has taken the role previously held by the Department of Justice for providing pilot background checks.

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