Does a Mexican citizen studying in the US with an FAA license need a visa when landing at airports in Canada?

Some would say that this question is asking for travel advice, not aviation advice -- but for reasons that are fairly clear to me (scheduled international flight crews!), I suspect most countries deal with licensed pilots somewhat differently from an immigration standpoint...so is this on-topic, or should this be kicked over to travel.SE?

  • $\begingroup$ Related main site question: aviation.stackexchange.com/questions/5178/… $\endgroup$ Apr 15, 2015 at 2:51
  • $\begingroup$ I don't think this is correct. most countries deal with licensed pilots somewhat differently from an immigration standpoint $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Apr 20, 2015 at 21:22
  • $\begingroup$ @rbp -- not in terms of permanent immigration, no. They do have special visa rules in many places for the reason I already stated, though... (also see Lnafzinger's comment on the answer to this question). $\endgroup$ Apr 20, 2015 at 22:01
  • $\begingroup$ people from countries who need visas still need visas. being a pilot doesn't excuse you from needing one, so I don't consider that special treatment anymore than any other visa. $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Apr 20, 2015 at 22:04
  • $\begingroup$ @rbp -- I'd have to look into it in more detail, but I'd expect them to be eligible for different types of visas than an ordinary traveler in jurisdictions where typed visas are used. $\endgroup$ Apr 20, 2015 at 22:05
  • $\begingroup$ so what? a refugee needs a visa. someone who wants to work in the USA needs a visa. crew members need a visa. immigrants need a visa. tourists need a visa. there is no such thing as a "general visa" -- they are either all special treatment, or none of them are. $\endgroup$
    – rbp
    Apr 20, 2015 at 22:07
  • $\begingroup$ @rbp -- For the US, see 8 USC 1251 and friends for special provisions applicable to foreign aircrews flying into the US. $\endgroup$ Apr 20, 2015 at 22:18

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If I remember, we are asked to be greedy with migration - to migrate only when the question is off-topic on the origin site. In the absence of Travel.SE, I think this question would not get closed as off-topic, as it is reasonably closely related to flying. Therefore, I believe we should not migrate this question.

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    $\begingroup$ Also of note is that, as he sort of stated in his question, a person acting as a flight crewmember often falls under different rules and visa requirements, so Travel.SE might not even be able to answer the question. $\endgroup$
    – Lnafziger
    Apr 15, 2015 at 18:04

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