International Students – Welcome
Our international students usually comprise 40-80% of our class roster!!
SEVIS – Sheffield School is SEVIS Approved.
SEVIS approved schools allow international students to study in the United States. You must choose a SEVIS approved school if you plan to study in the USA.
We recommend to begin the application/I-20 processing at least 3-5 months prior to the start date of your desired class and more if within certain countries listed in the General Visa Information below. This is due to increased security procedures, delayed U.S. Embassy appointments, and M-1 visa issuance delays.
Also, the Department of Homeland Security has initiated an additional fee (paid directly to the Department, not Sheffield School) for students applying for an M-1 (student) visa. This fee is in addition to the $200 I-20 processing fee paid to Sheffield. Please view the links below for more information:
International Students notes for all classes:
TWO forms of photo identification are required with BOTH IDs having the full names matching exactly.
There really are no “conversion” courses for aircraft dispatcher within the USA, only additional certification.
You can qualify for a reduced residency hours course by referring to our “courses” page and reading the prerequisites for either the 3 week, 2 week, or 1 week residency courses.
Please note the ADX and online course completion prerequisites for all shorter courses. The 5 week (full residency & most popular) course DOES NOT have any strict prerequisites and is already quite a challenge.
WARNING to International Students
Please note that according to the FAA (Washington, D.C.) it is absolutely NOT LEGAL or authorized for a successful graduate of aircraft dispatcher training to receive final certification (the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate under FAR Part 65) via practical examination testing OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.A..
There are ZERO permitted exemptions (including Part 142) to this rule no matter what you’ve been told by certain course operators running training classes outside of the U.S.A.. We know for a fact that this situation has resulted in more than a few license/certificate SUSPENSIONS/REVOCATIONS in the past. Yes, the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate may be surrendered, suspended, or revoked. Operations were also suspended at more than one “internationally-based aircraft dispatcher training school” once the proper FAA authorities were alerted.
Being FAA Approved at Sheffield School Should Be Your Prime Objective!
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 11:19:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: aircraft dispatcher license conversion and ETOPS
hi mr morris,
I am licensed aircraft dispatcher having license from civil avaition pakistan. I am residing in (Middle East) and working in xxxxxxx airlines in ground operation. I wanted to convert my license from FAA and ETOPs certification as xxxxxxx airlines flight operations department is giving preference to those dispatcher who are holding FAA license and especially from your school. please guide me, how can I convert my license and what will be the minimum cost (tuition + boaring and lodging fees) and how many days classroom training I require?
best regards, S.Z.
The Latest Charade: Part 65 Dispatch Certification in Spanish and other languages.
Why pay for a soon-to-be-revoked certificate. The law mandates English.
Sheffield Note: Do you want to pay 2 tuition amounts and attend 2 courses on 2 continents for 1 legal certificate? Think about it. You can believe the “schools” which have been in business less than 1 decade or the school that initiated Aircraft dispatcher training nearly SIX DECADES ago. Need FAA references? Email or call us anytime.
Why Is Choosing A SEVIS Approved School Important To You?
Based on the following type of email, which we recently received from this unlucky person, being SEVIS-approved may be meaningless at some schools:
Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 10:18:34
Subject: URGENT URGENT APPLICATION
I am —– —— from xxxx working for xxxx Air and reacently (sic) I got promoted to Flight Operations department and I am getting my new salary after I complete my FAA Dispatch License. I had registered with (a school in Texas) and after all admission process I have already Obtained My Leave from the company & USA M1 VISA, Transit Visa for UK and Tickets to DFW with me. But suddenly they cancelled the class and I am in a trouble. I have leave from 19SEP2007 to 02NOV2007 and I need to Enroll with your any of the Courses going on on these days. Even the 4 Weeks expressed (sic) course is alright since I work for Operations. Please Reply me Immidiately (sic) and I am willing to Pay your Fees Now even, and I need Accomodation as well.
Please find out and reply (to) me fast…
Sheffield Note: Another “school” called us in August 2009 wanting to send us an international student. Why? Turned out they did not want to run a 1-person class. And when did they call? 2 days before their class start date (student was already in the USA) – you will not encounter or deal with that garbage at Sheffield School. We have never cancelled a certification course.