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pilotehhh
02-27-2018, 04:15 PM
Hello,

I just spoke with a recruiter at CommutAir and received confirmation that they are sponsoring Canadian pilots with the H1B visa.

(questions copy-pasted from my other thread on AWI subforum)

I'm wondering if there are any Canadians here who have recently been through the process to answer a couple questions:

1) How long did it take to get the visa approved?
2) Do you need to convert to FAA licenses or does the ATP ride get you the license?
3) Projected upgrade times for someone with 0 FAA 121 time?
4) Has anyone gotten a green card through CommutAir? Is it possible? If so, how long does it take?

Thanks!


marshal
02-27-2018, 06:42 PM
2) Do you need to convert to FAA licenses or does the ATP ride get you the license?

Thanks!

I donít know about the rest, but from a previous life I can answer #2. If you met all the ATP requirements you can take and then receive an US ATP check based on a foreign license. This can be combined with your TYPE check. It requires some extra paperwork you can find here.

https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/foreign_license_verification/

BrewCity
02-28-2018, 05:40 AM
If Commutair expects you to be approved for an H-1B visa as a regional airline pilot this would represent a seismic shift as pilots have generally not been considered eligible for H-1B visas. An H-1B is for a "specialty occupation" that requires a bachelor's degree, and most airlines do not require a bachelor's degree


v1valarob
02-28-2018, 06:01 AM
If Commutair expects you to be approved for an H-1B visa as a regional airline pilot this would represent a seismic shift as pilots have generally not been considered eligible for H-1B visas. An H-1B is for a "specialty occupation" that requires a bachelor's degree, and most airlines do not require a bachelor's degree

I donít know any specifics, but we have at least one pilot here on a sponsored visa, from Australia. Really good guy. He told us that SkyWest and CommutAir are both offering the visas.

c402fr8er
02-28-2018, 07:36 AM
I donít know any specifics, but we have at least one pilot here on a sponsored visa, from Australia. Really good guy. He told us that SkyWest and CommutAir are both offering the visas.

Different visa.

Australian pilots are eligible for E-3 visas, as part of a bilateral free trade agreement.

BrewCity
02-28-2018, 07:39 AM
As previously mentioned by c402fr8er Australians are under the E3 visa which is far less stringent but is only available to Australians.

pilotehhh
02-28-2018, 09:38 AM
AWI is sponsoring Canadians for the H1B and has already done so for a cohort of Canadian pilots last year. I just talked to one of the recruiters here and they said they are working on a similar program and added my name to a list and will get back to me.

I have a Canadian university degree, so I believe I would qualify for the H1B

Bgood
02-28-2018, 11:28 AM
AWI is sponsoring Canadians for the H1B and has already done so for a cohort of Canadian pilots last year. I just talked to one of the recruiters here and they said they are working on a similar program and added my name to a list and will get back to me.

I have a Canadian university degree, so I believe I would qualify for the H1B

I think they are saying the job position has to require a bachelor's degree. Not if you have one or not.

Good luck and hope u get to join the crew.

CommutAir
03-01-2018, 06:02 AM
CommutAir is NOT sponsoring any pilots on the H1-B visa. They only sponsor Australian Pilots on the E3 visa. There is not a program or any list to be added to. I think whoever posted this everywhere did not get all the details and jumped the gun before getting all the details.

pilotehhh
03-01-2018, 09:40 AM
CommutAir is NOT sponsoring any pilots on the H1-B visa. They only sponsor Australian Pilots on the E3 visa. There is not a program or any list to be added to. I think whoever posted this everywhere did not get all the details and jumped the gun before getting all the details.

I was told that the company is actively working on sponsorship programs and that I will be kept updated.

So you guys are not going to do it? I'm confused.
Is this an official account?

Edit: sorry, I just realized that I implied that CommutAir was handing out H1B's ... I copy pasted the post from another thread on the AWI forum because AWI said they were doing the H1B. I tried to edit the original post but cannot figure out how, my apologies.

dera
03-01-2018, 09:50 AM
You cannot sponsor a H1B to a pilot.

And over the past year or so, H1Bs have become much harder to get.

pilotehhh
03-01-2018, 10:25 AM
You cannot sponsor a H1B to a pilot.

And over the past year or so, H1Bs have become much harder to get.

This is not true. AWI has already done this for Canadian pilots in the past. I spoke with a recruiter there and they are planning another intake this year.


Thank you for your email. We are currently accepting some visas and could possibly offer the required assistant to sponsor your visa. If you need a H1B visa, this is done in April each year. Although our candidates for 2018 have already been selected, to be considered for 2019, please apply between October and December 2018. Please keep note the following:

1. You must successfully complete an interview for consideration as an First Officer with Air Wisconsin Airlines
2. At time of hire you must possess all FAA certifications and rating required by the FAA to operate as a commercial pilot
3. Prior to your start, you must obtain all legal work authorization documents qualifying your eligibility for work sponsorship
4. If you have not completed your ATP knowledge exam, you start training in our in-house CTP course that will provide you with the additional requirements (per FAA) to complete the ATP Knowledge exam
5. Your training can begin with as little as 1454 total flight time with all subcategory of time completed to the standard (Please visit our Pilot Calculator at Air Wisconsin Airlines (http://www.airwis.com) to see how much time you would need to gain)

A requirement of the position is the ability to travel in and out of the United States as we do fly to Canada. For a full list of requirements please see below. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Thanks!

Katrina Leavitt
Recruiting Coordinator | Air Wisconsin Airlines

Bgood
03-01-2018, 12:46 PM
I was told that the company is actively working on sponsorship programs and that I will be kept updated.

So you guys are not going to do it? I'm confused.
Is this an official account?

Edit: sorry, I just realized that I implied that CommutAir was handing out H1B's ... I copy pasted the post from another thread on the AWI forum because AWI said they were doing the H1B. I tried to edit the original post but cannot figure out how, my apologies.

What do you mean by official account? The person's username? Not becuz the person's username is CommutAir means it's the company's spokesperson/management.

dera
03-01-2018, 02:00 PM
This is not true. AWI has already done this for Canadian pilots in the past. I spoke with a recruiter there and they are planning another intake this year.

You'll find that pretty much every visa those airlines have sponsored is an E3 for Aussies, not H1B.
The email is also confused and misleading. You cannot do an ATP while in the country with a H1B, H1B is for skilled employees, meaning you already need to hold an FAA ATP to be eligible (read the requirements for an H1B...) The only one that you could imagine they use for pilots is:

"Hold an unrestricted state license, registration, or certification which authorizes you to fully practice the specialty occupation and be engaged in that specialty in the state of intended employment"

So you need to hold a valid FAA ATP, because that is the certification required to be a pilot in a part 121 operation.

I seriously doubt they are able to sponsor a H1B for Canadians in any meaningful numbers. Looking at the stats, the (very) few filings AWI has made are mostly E3 Australian category, they seem to have tried to sponsor 5 in 2017, and unless they got lucky with the draw since they are always oversubscribed, they might have got in 1 or 2. Low enough number to say "no, it's not really possible".

Angel57
09-01-2018, 04:18 PM
Hello Sir,
I'm wondering if you have any more information on which airlines currently sponsoring qualified pilots for F/O position.

since I've total 2500hrs and FAA ATP instrument B767/B757
currently in Washington under asylum.
thanks in advance for any information you would send me
[email protected] is my email.



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