Hi all, I am new to the forum, but have taken sage nuggets of wisdom from your pages many times during my application process and wish to say thanks for that! I have gone through a lot of other posts and forums before but i found none which could really speak to my situation, so please don't think I'm being lazy and not looking through other posts! I am writing this post to be informative as well as interrogative, and hopefully can provide answers (be they good or bad) to anyone who is in a similar situation to myself, I'm being totally honest in this wee anecdote, and any advice would be greatly appreciated as would any questions and answers people feel like throwing this way! - I'm not claiming to have any answers this is intended to be just a general discussion board. I am currently applying for the coveted position of Officer Pilot with the FAA, I am a UK citizen and, until my early middle teens, I was 100% resident! Then left, I've lived abroad circa 7 years from 14-21, my parents had a job that required travel and I followed for obvious reasons. My return to UK was hindered for various financial limitations, but now I'm back! I've been back going on 7 months, and have passed my RT, 1st medical and my PJFT is tomorrow. I've been informed by my AFCO that my overseas residency needn't necessarily be a problem given that I am a UK citizen, likewise my security clearance should be a problem as for the last 5 years my countries of residence have been Brunei and Singapore (both commonwealth) both of which allow thorough background checks. I lived in Romania before moving to those countries as well, not that I'm sure it has any bearing. I am aware that since I was overseas whilst being over the age of 18, they are likely to have a problem giving me residency and DV. [any advice on that would be great!] also, provided I make it to AIB and pass, am I correct in thinking they won't take up my references until then? and will my residency waiver decision be swayed by a stellar AIB performance/AFCLO review? In terms of the medical/fitness side of things I have 6/4 eyesight in each eye and am running the 2.4k in about 11 minutes (no where near as tough as the marines I know, be gentle! haha) I have a few A's at A-level and speak 4 languages other than English (no Arabic or farsi though! - otherwise I'm pretty sure id have a job by now -.-') Im currently 21 so even if i have to wait 3 or so years, i will have one last chance to re-apply, but I'm hoping I can make it through this time, either way Im gonna' push myself all the way and pass AIB (hopefully!) and I will keep updating so anyone who's curious about how I fare with this dodgy situation, check back. Thanks in advance for any help!