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Old 01-12-2020, 10:29 AM   #1  
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I have a friend who came to U.S. long time ago and got his PPL when he's still under student visa status.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 10pt;">Years later he became U.S. citizen and moved outside of U.S. for work and got his instrument, commercial license later at foreign country as U.S. citizen.&nbsp; He's thinking moving back to the U.S. and convert his commercial to FAA license.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Does he has to start from PPL for FAA license? Is he going to get the different license number after the conversion as nationality showing U.S. on the certificate if he changed to "American" first name as official name after became U.S. citizen?</span>
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Old 01-12-2020, 10:38 AM   #2  
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No, your friend doesn’t have to start over. &nbsp;Read the FARs carefully. &nbsp;There is a provision that allows you to count any instruction time by a foreign instructor as long as they are licensed in a member country of ICAO or a foreign military and that the training was conducted outside of the USA. &nbsp;Also, he will keep his certificate number.<div><br></div><div>All of the flight time in foreign countries shall count as long as they meet the wording in the FARs.</div>
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