The NAA Difference
There’s a reason NAA is one of a select number of approved A&P training schools in the United States – quality training. We offer an educational experience, modern facilities, and amazing campus locations.
As an International applicant, you have the opportunity to join NAA’s global network. Students have attended our campuses from all across the world. Our programs are hands-on, career-focused, and opens doors to the aviation industry. As an NAA graduate, you’ll have access to in-demand, skilled positions in aviation maintenance.
We look forward to welcoming you as an NAA student!
- The applicant MUST be sixteen (16) years of age or older and must have reached his/her eighteenth (18) birthday on or before graduation.
- All applicants must complete an admissions interview, be recommended for acceptance, and successfully pass a final acceptance interview with a designated NAA employee.
- International applicants are required to possess an M-1 student visa. The I-20M application for the M-1 student visa can beobtained through the Admissions office. Interview issues are to be handled at the U.S. Embassy level in conjunction with petitions for visa.
- Applicants must provide proof of graduation from a school providing secondary education (high school) or the equivalent of such a certification (GED).
- In cases where the Certificate of Graduation is produced in a language other than English, the applicant is required to procure the services of an NAA designated agency to translate the document as follows and is responsible for any fees associated with the requirement.
- Translate the document into the English language and certify the education stated to meet the secondary education or equivalent standard.
- The applicant must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language. NAA reserves the right to require a candidate to submit a TOEFL examination or its equivalent to help determine the candidates’ readiness with respect to the English language.
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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INFO
NAA welcomes global students from all over the world. Our International Admissions department will be your first step to pursuing an education at NAA. U.S. federal law approves NAA to enroll nonimmigrant alien students under form I-20 (student visa). Students studying here from abroad are required to possess an M-1 student visa. All global applicants must submit a complete application packet.
A complete application packet will include:
- International Student Application
- Enrollment Agreement
- Copy of High School diploma
- Official copy of upper secondary school academic records. This document needs to be mailed to 6225 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33760.
- Corresponding registration and processing fees
OFFICIAL HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
Applicants seeking admission must have their foreign academic High School transcripts commercially evaluated and certified through a company acceptable to National Aviation Academy. A Foreign Credential Evaluation is a review of your academic documents (transcripts, graduate certificates, exit exam, scores, etc.) to provide U.S. equivalency.
The evaluation must include the following:
- A statement of US High School Diploma Equivalency
The student is responsible for evaluation fees.
- Each evaluation agency has a process for completing an evaluations. Below are some suggested agencies.
- Submit required documents to Foreign Credential Evaluation Agency and request the required report.
- Documents required may vary by agency and country.
- Request a copy of the “Evaluation Report” to be mailed by the agency to National Aviation Academy.
Approved Agencies and Contact Information
When arriving to the United States, M students must:
- Enter the United States no more than 30 days before your program of study begins.
- Immediately contact your designated school official (DSO) when you enter the United States.
- When you arrive at school, you need to contact your DSO again, no later than the program start date listed on your Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”
All international students are required to complete the SEVIS registration procedure.
This is to ensure that the required documents are placed on file at NAA to comply with the Federal immigration regulations to report necessary information about your status to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security via SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
I-901 SEVIS Fee M Visa Applicants – $350 (Full Payment)
I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Video – CLICK HERE
In 2004, Congress mandated all nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee, which funds the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and SEVIS. This fee is separate from visa fees and school SEVIS administration fees.
What Is An I539?
M1 Extension of Stay (I539)
If you are an M student, you need to extend your stay in the United States after 12 months and every 12 months after that for the extent of your program. You will file a Form I-539, “Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status,” with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after 12 months in the county. You may do this on your own or with the assistance of the Global Team.
If you arrived in the United States for a reason other than studying, the Form I-539 will allow you to apply to change your status to M so that you can study at an SEVP-certified school. For example, if you are a B-1 or B-2 visitor and want to study, you must file a Form I-539 and receive approval to change your status to M-1 before attending classes. In this situation, make sure you talk to the designated school official (DSO) at your school because B-1 and B-2 visitors also have other special instructions from USCIS to follow.
To file by paper, see the USCIS Form I-539 webpage. Your DSO can answer any questions you have about completing this form. If USCIS approves your application, you will receive a Form I-797, “Notice of Action.”
(Fee $370.00 as of 10/1/23)
Upon Program Completion
M students have 30 days after completion of their program (the program end date on your Form I-20) to leave the United States. The latest date you may remain in the United States is the “admit until” date on your Form I-94, “Arrival/Departure Record,” unless you filed for an extension with USCIS.
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test score of 513 or higher on the paper-based test (PBT), 183 or higher on the computer-based test (CBT) or 65 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT). For information on the TOEFL exam please visit www.toefl.org or email [email protected]. We strongly recommend that you take the test as early as possible as your score may be a factor in your acceptance to NAA.
P.O Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
Original Financial and Bank Statements
Original financial and bank statements are required from each financial sponsor. Financial documents cannot be more than six months old. Scholarship award letters from private sponsors or government agencies are also acceptable. The effective date on award letters must correspond with the initial semester of study and must be valid for at least one year.
In order for the admissions office to issue an I-20 the following needs to be provided:
- Bank letter that covers all tuition, housing and other associated fees for the programs
- International Student Financial Certification Form
- Affidavit of sponsorship
- $500 International Student Administrative Processing Fee (Non-Refundable for accepted students)
- Copy of passport biographical page
We will mail you the I-20 document via FedEx along with other important information regarding your visa interview.
International Healthcare and Insurance
National Aviation Academy requires all international students to carry healthcare insurance with repatriation benefits during their course of study. We refer students to work with the ISO International Student Insurance for their needs of insurance; nonetheless, students have the freedom to compare with other medical insurance plans.
Got Questions? We Have Answers!
HOW LONG will it take to get my A&P?
We are an aviation maintenance school that provides a path to earning your Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) licenses in as little as 14 months! Our Aviation Maintenance Technology (AMT) program focuses exclusively on A&P training.
Do I need to have prior hands-on experience?
The short answer: No! We welcome students of all backgrounds. You will be in class with people of all different skill levels. Some may have military aviation experience, others may be holding tools for the first time.
what will my classes be like?
Training is hands-on and takes place in aircraft hangars, labs, and classrooms. Curriculum is taught through three modes: classroom instruction paired with text and workbook review, team-oriented projections in a laboratory setting, and real-world work experience on aircraft in a hangar.
is there demand in the industry?
Boeing's 2023 Pilot and Technician Outlook has estimated that 690,000 new technicians will be needed globally by 2042. Skilled technicians will be essential to combat the needs of the industry.
what kind of work can i do in my career?
A&P licenses NEVER expire and offer a variety of exciting career opportunities in aviation and parallel industries. It's not just one sector of aviation that is in need of qualified technicians!
Establish your career in sectors such as:
• Commercial Aviation
• Corporate Aviation
• General Aviation
• Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO)
• Parallel Industries