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I'm familiar with the rules requiring all non-US citizens to acquire TSA clearance, but as of 2016 the rules have been changed and it seems that everybody has their background checked by the TSA as part of the student pilot certificate application process.

Does this mean that non-US citizens no longer have to go through the separate background check, or will they now be checked twice by the TSA?

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    $\begingroup$ This is probably a dupe of this question. Essentially, nothing has changed for non-US citizens. The change affects US citizens, who now need TSA approval to solo, but not to start flight training. $\endgroup$ – Pondlife May 2 '17 at 15:39

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