Originally Posted by HermannGraf
well......that is not totally right.........
The US only permits you to convert your Private but not the CPL or ATPL.
You will have to pass test and checkride for that like normal.
You have to have Green Card be a permanent resident to be able to work for a 121 US carrier if you are not a US citizen. There is No way of getting just work permit for work as pilot in the US. No airline will help and no work vissa is issued for such purpose. Further. The TSA has to approved you to train and after that to work in the US for every carrier that would offer you employment if you already have everything else. You have to pay the cost for their approval and their result cannot be questioned or changed.
- yes, just pass the test and checkride for cpl & atp! all your previous aeronautical exp counts unlike other countries.
- A work permit is issued before the green card, so in most cases if not all if you have a work permit you are a permanent resident waiting for the green card. With this you can get hired at a 121, in most of central & south american unless you are a (citizen) you will not stand a chance, sometimes you will not even be able to covert your faa license.
I have several friends who went through the process, former aces & avianca most of them exellent pilots I have to say. They became legal us residents not (citizens) converted the tickets and overnight became dc10 drivers. Try that in Colombia or most other countries. I don't say this for any particular reason, I myself come from the region so I know how it works!