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 $300,000 to $400,000 annually, as well as excellent healthcare 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 that about 250,000 new pilots will be needed to fill this shortage. These are worrying statistics that tend to worsen in the next decade.
There are several factors that explain the lack of pilots in the USA. First of all the demand for domestic and international flights is really intense. Never in history have so many people traveled by plane as in the last 20 years.
On the other hand, today there are few young Americans who decide to enter the pilot career, mainly due to the high academic and licensing costs involved. This lack of professional renewal is still aggravated due to the fact that 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 in addition to offering salaries well above the market average still “seduce” foreign pilots with the exemption of various taxes. A considerable portion of American pilots have joined these companies since the early 2000s, increasing the deficit of the profession in the U.S.
Unable to generate a number of 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; especially those more experienced, who have more than 2,000 hours of flight time.
TO ENCOURAGE THE ARRIVAL OF PILOTS IN THE U.S., THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAS CLASSIFIED THIS PROFESSION AS THE COUNTRY’S NATIONAL AND STRATEGIC INTEREST, EASING THE IMMIGRATION PROCESS FOR FOREIGN PILOTS.
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 IN ORDER TO FURTHER YOUR PROFESSION, 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 serve as the basis for your Green Card application with U.S. authorities.