Saad Farid

Saad Farid has more than a decade’s experience in business aviation and is an expert on United States regulatory and Customs issues such as Border Overflight Exemptions and the Visa Waiver Program. He currently serves with Universal as a Master Regulatory Services Specialist on the Global Regulatory Services Team. Saad, who is a private pilot, has shared his regulatory expertise with industry associations such as the Texas Corporate Aviation Schedulers & Dispatchers group.

Saad can be reached at saadfarid@univ-wea.com.

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ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

ESTA and VWP for Business Aircraft Travel to the U.S.: Tips and Best Practice

Avoiding the need for passengers to obtain visas for travel to the U.S. when possible is a significant benefit for both private non-revenue and charter (non-scheduled commercial) operators. Any operator that meets Visa Waiver Program (VWP) requirements can become a "signatory carrier" and transport Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) participants to the U.S. without […]

November 5, 2014 | 0 Comments More
UPDATE: Border Overflight Exemptions – Positive Impacts from Recent Changes

UPDATE: Border Overflight Exemptions – Positive Impacts from Recent Changes

As of June 17, 2013, significant changes for the better were implemented to Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP’s) Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process. The end result is that annual BOEs are now user-friendlier in terms of the approval process and operations. Business aviation benefits are significant and, in some cases, have dramatically improved operating flexibility […]

March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments More
6 FAQs about Using Your Border Overflight Exemption

6 FAQs about Using Your Border Overflight Exemption

Please note that changes have been made with regards to the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process effective June 17, 2013. For more information on the new changes, please see our article "Breaking News: CBP Changes BOE Process – Effective June 17, 2013." This aviation blog post is part of a series on border overflight exemptions […]

May 3, 2012 | 1 Comment More
Operating under the Visa Waiver Program: Top FAQs from Business Aviation Operators

Operating under the Visa Waiver Program: Top FAQs from Business Aviation Operators

This aviation blog post is part of a series on the visa waiver program and continues from our last post: “Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions.“ Operating as a signatory carrier into the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a straightforward and usually trouble-free process. As VWP authorization goes […]

March 29, 2012 | 2 Comments More
Border Overflight Exemptions for Business Aviation

8 FAQs Before Requesting a Border Overflight Exemption

Please note that changes have been made with regards to the Border Overflight Exemption (BOE) process effective June 17, 2013. For more information on the new changes, please see our article "Breaking News: CBP Changes BOE Process – Effective June 17, 2013." This aviation blog post is part of a series on border overflight exemptions […]

March 19, 2012 | 0 Comments More
Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions

Visa Waiver Program and Business Aviation: Answers to Common Questions

This blog post is the first in a series on the visa waiver program. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals of 36 participating countries to travel to the U.S. for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa. Many corporate operators have registered as ‘signatory carriers,’ which gives them the same privileges […]

March 13, 2012 | 2 Comments More