MAN HAS ALWAYS DREAMED OF FLYING. I MADE THIS DREAM MY PROFESSION. I AM A PILOT
AG IMMIGRATION HELPS CIVIL AVIATION CAREER PROFESSIONALS IDENTIFY THE BEST IMMIGRATION OPPORTUNITIES IN THE U.S.
The United States is the world’s largest aviation market. Commercial line pilots receive salaries ranging from $93,000 to $160,000 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2020, as well as excellent health benefits and retirement plans.
Interestingly, even with this favorable scenario, American airlines find it extremely difficult to hire pilots. In 2019, Boeing estimated that there is a deficit of 15,000 professionals in the country’s aviation sector, and about 250,000 new pilots will be needed to fill this shortage. These are worrying statistics that tend to worsen in the next decade.
Several factors explain the lack of pilots in the USA. First of all, the demand for domestic and international flights is intense. Never in history, so many people have traveled by plane as in the last 20 years.
On the other hand, today there are few young Americans who decide to become a pilot, mainly due to the high academic and licensing costs involved. This lack of professional renewal is still aggravated because about 40% of pilots currently active in the U.S. will retire in the coming years.
Another factor that contributed to the increase in this problem was the rise of Asian and Arab airlines such as Fly Emirates and Qatar Airways, which besides offering salaries well above the market average still “attract” foreign pilots with the exemption of various taxes. A considerable portion of American pilots has joined these companies since the early 2000s, increasing the deficit of this profession in the U.S.
Unable to generate many pilots to solve these problems, the United States resorts to the talent of foreign professionals who want to contribute to the country’s labor market.
TO ENCOURAGE THE ARRIVAL OF QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS TO THE UNITED STATES, WHICH CAN BE EXTENDED TO PILOTS, THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DESIGNED A VISA PROGRAM FOR FOREIGN PROFESSIONALS WHO WISH TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE COUNTRY’S LABOR MARKET BY WORKING IN AREAS OF NATIONAL INTEREST
The EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) visa serves exactly these professionals with outstanding experience and academic background as a pilot. This is a visa that grants the right to legal and permanent residence in the USA through a Green Card. In many cases, a foreign pilot can plead for the EB-2 NIW without even needing a job offer in the U.S., based solely on their qualifications.
IF YOU ARE A FOREIGN PILOT, AND YOU IDENTIFIED YOURSELF WITH THE ABOVE PROFILE AND WANT TO LIVE AND WORK IN THE UNITED STATES TO FURTHER YOUR CAREER, PLEASE CONTACT AG IMMIGRATION.
We will be happy to explain the criteria required by the U.S. Immigration Service to grant an EB-2 NIW visa and assist you in your immigration application.
In addition, our legal department conducts a free evaluation of your professional resume, which will be the basis for your Green Card application with U.S. authorities.