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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Japan
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I have finished the NVC paperwork and it will soon be sent to the Tokyo Consulate for processing. My question is:

What happens when she arrives in the US under the Immigration Visa?

During entry do they record that she has entered the country? Is that how the Government is notified that she is here at to go ahead and issue her SSN? (I marked that she needed one on the DS-230).

What about a International Drivers License. Has any one gotten one and what does it allow?

Thanks!


June 2006 Met Online

many emails and Skype sessions

November 2006 Met in the US

Many emails and Skype sessions

April 16th 2007 Married in Japan

June 11th 2007 USCIS posted case Online

June 12th 2007 Check Cashed

June Received NOA-1 dated June 29th 2007

June to September Wife visits me in the US (3 month visit)

October 17th 2007 Touched

October 17th Approved

October 29th NVC Received documents from USICS

October 31st NVC assigns Case number

November 5th 3032 and AOS bill sent out

November 22nd Wife receives 3032 in Japan

November 24th Wife mails 3032 back to NVC

November 26th I receive AOS bill and send it back to NVC (same day)

November 28th 3032 entered into NVC system

November 30th AOS bill entered into the system

December 3rd IV Bill Generated

December 11th Received I-864 packet

December 12th sent I-864 to NVC

December 14th Received the IV bill

December 14th Completed Medical Exam

December 15th Sent back IV bill

December 20th IV Bill input into the NVC system

December 26th DS-230 mailed

January 28th CASE COMPLETE!!!

February 08th Case at Embassy

March 04th Police Certificate

March 31st INTERVIEW!!!!

April 20th Date of Entery !!!

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What about a International Drivers License. Has any one gotten one and what does it allow?

You have to check with your local DMV on when your wife will have to obtain a US drivers license. She probably can drive with both, her regular and international license from Japan on hand for a while but will be required to obtain a US license at some point.

Just google it!


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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: China
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The POE takes immigrations packet and orders the green-card upon entry to the USA.

Check with your state DMV about acceptability of foreign driving license, many states allow it for a short time and then expect application for a state drivers license.

NOTE: Make her aware we drive on the RIGHT side of the road, not the WRONG side like they do in Japan. :P


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I have finished the NVC paperwork and it will soon be sent to the Tokyo Consulate for processing. My question is:

What happens when she arrives in the US under the Immigration Visa?

During entry do they record that she has entered the country? Is that how the Government is notified that she is here at to go ahead and issue her SSN? (I marked that she needed one on the DS-230).

What about a International Drivers License. Has any one gotten one and what does it allow?

Thanks!

Last year, when I went to the US to visit my husband, I had applied for International Driving Permit (IDP). Was driving around with the IDP and never been stopped before. The last time I was in the States, I just drove around with my Malaysia driving license and have no problem at all. If your wife Japanese license have English translation, she does need to apply for IDP. My husband found this information somewhere. Sorry, couldn't provide you the link.

The only difficulty that I had was driving at the RIGHT side of the road. Took me awhile to adjust to that. :P


03/21/06- Met online

10/13/06- Met in person (Los Angeles USA) (three weeks)

12/20/06- Met in person (Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) (three weeks)

02/13/07- Met in person (Nagoya Japan) (two days)

06/21/07- Met in person (Portland Oregon (via PDX), USA) (three weeks)

11/30/07- Met in person (Portland Oregon (via LAX), USA) (six weeks)

12/12/07- Got married (In a Light House!!!)

01/18/08- I-130 sent

01/21/08- I-130 received at Chicago Lock Box

02/15/08- Check cashed

02/26/08- NOA1 received (Notice date: 2/12/2008)

02/19/08- Touched

04/23/08- Met in person (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (one week)

04/30/08- Here I am in USA!!!!

05/19/08- I-130 approved!

05/27/08- NVC received our application and case number assigned

06/02/08- DS-3032 sent & AOS Bill Generated

06/05/08- Paid AOS Bill online

06/16/08- DS-3032 email accepted by NVC

08/28/08- Case completed!

10/21/08- Interview date (Rescheduled by US Embassy- Original date 10/28)-PASSED!!!

10/22/08- Visa in hand!

10/31/08- POE- Seattle, WA

11/12/08- Received SSN in mail!

11/20/08- Got my WA driving license!

I-751

08/03/10- I-751 sent

08/09/10- NOA

08/24/10- Biometrics

10/28/10- Case approved

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If you checked the "SSN" box on your DS-230, the SSA will send out the new SS card in a few weeks after POE. You will also get a "Welcome to USA" letter from USCIS. Finally the green card will arrive a few weeks after that.

It is legal to drive on a foreign driving license from most countries (including Japan) for a limited period of time, something like 30 or 60 days. Check with your state's DMV for the exact details. During this period she can drive exactly as if she had a US driving license.

The international driving permit is required in addition to the foreign driving license, but only in cases where the foreign driving license is not written in English (the IDP does not replace the foreign driving license, it just provides an English translation). I imagine Japanese driving licenses might not be in English, so this would apply to your wife.

As other posters have said, eventually she will need a US driver's license. Depending on your state, it's quite likely she will have to take and pass both the theory and on-road tests as if she was getting a license for the first time, despite the fact that she has been driving in Japan all along. If she applies for a driver's license before she receives the 10-yr green card, the validity period of the driver's license may be limited to the visa period (1 yr) and require an "extra" renewal at the end of the visa period.


IR-1

- Married 7 yrs

- Not DCF

- Did not use James' shortcuts

USCIS

03/24/07 Sent I-130 (CSC)

03/28/07 Receipt date

04/11/07 Got NOA-1 (dated 04/04)

07/03/07 Got NOA-2 (dated 06/26)

NVC

07/17/07 IVR: Case no. assigned on 7/16

07/31/07 IVR: Choice of agent generated on 7/30

08/14/07 Got DS-3032, I-864 bill

08/15/07 Sent DS-3032

08/16/07 Sent I-864 payment

08/28/07 IVR: IV bill gen. on 8/27

09/05/07 Got I-864 pkt

09/08/07 Got IV bill

09/10/07 Sent IV payment

09/25/07 IVR: Information pkt gen. on 9/24

09/27/07 Sent I-864, priority mail

10/01/07 I-864 delivered to NVC

10/04/07 IVR: Waiting for biographic forms

10/06/07 Got DS-230 pkt (Attn: CMR)

10/09/07 Sent DS-230 Pt. 1 (std processing), express mail

10/10/07 DS-230 delivered to NVC

10/16/07 IVR: Missing info, checklist mailed 10/15 (Operator: it's bogus)

10/17/07 IVR: Missing info, checklist mailed 10/16 (Operator: it's bogus)

10/19/07 Got bogus checklist dated 10/16 for "missing" DS-230 (ignored)

10/25/07 IVR: Case complete on 10/24

11/02/07 Operator: Case forwarded to embassy in Singapore today

Embassy

11/09/07 Got Pkt 4 from embassy (dated 11/5)

11/12/07 Applied for police cert

11/12/07 Medical

11/14/07 Doctor sent med report to embassy

11/26/07 Collected police cert

11/28/07 Interview

12/05/07 Visa ready for pickup

12/13/07 POE: DTW (Detroit airport)

Post-POE

12/27/08 Got SSA card

01/30/08 Got welcome letter (dated 1/23)

02/04/08 Got 10-yr green card (dated 1/30)

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