I remember reading that the security for foreigners doing a flying license in the United States were rigorous (as would be expected). As a European Union citizen, what would I expect to need to do from a paperwork/legal standpoint (FAA, CBP etc.) to be allowed to pursue a private licence in the USA, assuming I have no previous flying experience?
You need 2 things before you can start flight training in the U.S.:
The complete process is documented at the AOPA website.
In a nutshell, this is what you need to do:
There are two different legal requirements for a citizen of a foreign country to do flight training in the United States:
When choosing your flight school do not only consider getting the TSA approval but also if your flying hours there will be accepted by EASA to get your desired license.