Hi, it’s my understanding that as an international student, once I complete my FAA pilot training. For example, CPL. I won’t be able to work in the US as a pilot unless a company sponsors a visa to allow me to work and live in the US. I’ve been told this is incredibly rare to get visa sponsorship for international pilots, even with FAA certification and so I’m wondering what career path I could look at pursuing after completing pilot training?
I understand I will need to convert my FAA pilot license to a country equivalent, but once that’s done where do I go from there?
It seems a majority of pilots continue training to get their CFI to become instructors themselves and thus can then build hours as well as have an income.
I don’t mind the idea of being an instructor to build hours but I’m just wondering what other options might be available to build hours.
Currently, my ultimate goal is to get an ATPL and work for either an airline or cargo.